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

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

LED flash for alerts is an Accessibility feature that lets anyone with a hearing impairment to use light to get their attention instead of or in addition to the usual sound and vibrations of Notification Center. With LED flash for alerts you can place your iPhone face-down on a table or nearby surface and not have to worry if you can't hear it beeping or buzzing. You'll be able to see it light up.

Note: This also works for those coming from a BlackBerry or Android phone who are accustomed to an LED light for notifications.

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!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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

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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!

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

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

Brought to you by the Nexus M8

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

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.

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.

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!

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?