How to Use the iPhone as a Flashlight

You always have a flashlight in your pocket when you have an iPhone

iPhone being used as a flashlight

iPhone image: Apple 

Your iPhone can use the camera flash as a flashlight. The phone shows the flash in certain situations while taking photos, but with the built-in flashlight tool, you can keep the flash on until you shut it off. The iPhone flashlight is built-in and accessible through Control Center. There are also third-party apps that turn an iPhone into a unique flashlight, like one that flashes.

The iPhone flashlight functionality is supported in iOS 7 and higher.

Use the iPhone Flashlight in Control Center

To activate the flashlight on an iPhone, tap its icon from Control Center.

  1. Open Control Center. Depending on the phone, either swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen or swipe up from the bottom.

  2. Tap the Flashlight icon.

    Flashlight icon in iOS Control Center, Brightness toggle and Customize screen

    If you don't see the Flashlight icon in Control Center, open Settings and go to Control Center > Customize Controls. Find Flashlight and tap the plus sign next to it.

    If you have an iPhone with a 3D Touch screen, long press the Flashlight icon to display a vertical slider that controls the intensity of the flashlight.

  3. The camera flash on the back of the iPhone turns on and stays on until you press the Flashlight icon again.

Install iPhone Flashlight Apps

While the flashlight app built into iOS is capable of basic uses, there are tools with more features. There are several flashlight apps available on the App Store, and while many are very similar, there are a few that stand out:

  • Flashlight Ⓞ: This free flashlight app for iPhone controls the flashlight brightness and strobe effects. It also has compass and Maps integration so that you can see where you're going and know where it is on a map.
  • Flashlight for iPhone + iPad: Includes a compass and map, strobe mode, elevation tracking, music modes, simulated lighter, a pulse that matches beats, and in-app purchases for visual themes.
  • Best Flash Light: This is a free flashlight app for iOS that includes the standard flashlight, strobe, and maps/compass features, along with a magnifying glass, the ability to turn the light on and off by clapping, and much more. In-app purchases unlock features and remove ads.
  • Flashlight ®: This powerful and effective iPhone flashlight app isn't free but it is free from ads and adjusts the intensity of the light.

Android flashlight apps may supply user information to unknown parties, iPhone flashlight apps are not affected. Apple reviews all apps before making the apps available for download.

Using your iPhone as a flashlight can drain the battery quickly. If your iPhone is low on power and you won't have a chance to recharge soon, either avoid using the flashlight or use battery saving tips to conserve the iPhone battery.