How to Access Flashlight & Camera from Lock Screen on iPhone X

When looking at the Lock screen on your iPhone X, you’ll see two icons on either side near the bottom: a camera and a flashlight. Having quick access to the Camera app and Flashlight on your iPhone X is a great feature that utilizes some of your extra screen space. But how do you open the Camera app or turn on the flashlight from Lock screen? Your instinct may be to tap each icon, but you’ll need to make it a 3D Touch. Here’s how to access the flashlight and camera from the Lock screen on your iPhone X.

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How to Access Flashlight & Camera from Lock Screen on iPhone X

  • Wake your iPhone up; on Lock screen, locate the camera and flashlight icons near the bottom of the screen.
  • 3D Touch an icon to access it. Simply firmly press the camera icon to open the Camera app or firmly press the flashlight icon to turn on the built-in flashlight.

That’s it! When you’re done using the Camera app, you can either swipe up to return to the Lock screen or the Home screen; or click the Side button to lock your phone. When you’re done using the flashlight, 3D Touch the flashlight icon again to turn it off.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.