How to use the flash on your iPhone as a LED notification light

How to us the flash on your iPhone as a LED notification light

Notification Center can make your iPhone beep or buzz when a new alert comes in, but what if you want or need more? What if you're hearing impaired or came from BlackBerry or some other smartphone with an LED notification light? What if you want that on the iPhone? Well, thanks to Apple and iOS Accessibility options, you can turn the LED camera flash into just that!

How to have the iPhone's LED flash alert you to new notifications

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Inside the General menu, tap on Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down a ways and under the Hearing section, turn the option for LED Flash for Alerts to On.

That's it! You're iPhone's LED flash should now light up every time you receive a notification alert.

If you use the LED flash for iPhone notifications, let me know how it works for you!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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tool022611 says:

One of my favorite features of the iPhone! Been using it forever.

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Antron says:

I'm waiting for this article, "How to make calls with your iPhone." Just teasing Ally :) I've actually starting saving these in Instapaper so I can refer them. Thanks!

rmkilc says:

Missing an "e" in the title.

iMoose says:

How about a front facing LED notification light? I'd love that!

Brian Ladson says:

If there's one thing...ONLY one thing I miss about my old Blackberry, is a notification light.

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Mateus C says:

I discovered it these days, this is a very good article as many people don't know this exists.

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tobias_i_d says:

It will drain more juice from your battery.

Mateus C says:

Does it? I really enjoy this feature but I'm scared it'll spend even more battery.

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tool022611 says:

No it won't, I use this non-stop and never noticed battery issues with it. It's nice because if you are using your phone it won't go off, only when the phone is stationary.

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jeddo45 says:

It's an LED I would not imagine it taking up a ridiculous amount of battery life...

Brought to you by the Nexus M8

agarwal.apar says:

I agree. No one does better than BlackBerry when it comes to LED notification alert. That blinking red light is iconic!

Connor Mason says:

Android supports multicolored, user specified led notifications...my texts show up green, girlfriend shows up purple, emails red and yellow, missed calls maroon, etc

dalaen says:

So if you leave your phone a few hours, it'll become a Christmas Tree? :p

agarwal.apar says:

Rainbow LED notification? If I have so many colorful LED lights, I would forget which led is for which activity! Lol

dbld123 says:

Blackberry had multicoloured LED notifications as well. It was my core notification tool and my most missed Blackberry feature. But I have no hope that Apple will introduce such a feature. I'd be happy if they would simply allow me to sort notifications chronologically in the All tab.

Shanicenicolle says:

Doesn't it do that if you select "sort by time" in the notification center menu?

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dbld123 says:

You would think so but it doesn't. The "sort by time" applies to the "Missed" tab on the right, not to the "All" tab in the centre..... Sadly.

Lanette Jones says:

Ive been using the LED light for notifications for a while now. I just wanted to tell you all the series of articles are very informative & easy to understand. Thanks!

Belloabeebb says:

Am using iPhone 5s it's not working for me

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Molie MacDonell says:

I WANT THE FLASH TO CONTINUE TO FLASH EVERY 30 SECONDS OR SO LIKE THE BLACKBERRY. THAT WAY IF YOU MISS IT WHEN YOU FIRST GET THE NOTIFICATION, YOU DON'T HAVE TO CHECK YOUR PHONE EVERY 5 MINUTES JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED SOMETHING. THAT WAS THE AWESOME PART ABOUT THE BLACKBERRY. WILL IPHONE DO THAT?