How to quickly turn your iPhone into a flashlight with Control Center

How to quickly turn your iPhone into a flashlight with Control Center

Ever wish you could quickly and easily turn your iPhone's camera flash into a flashlight? Well, with iOS 7 and Control Center finding your way is only ever a swipe and a tap away!

Note: Previous generation (prior to 5) iPod touch and all versions of iPad don't have the flashlight feature because they don't have a camera flash.

How to turn on the flashlight on Control Center for iPhone

  1. Swipe up from beneath the screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to access Control Center.
  2. Tap the Flashlight icon at the bottom left to turn it on (white).

Turn your iPhone around and you should see the flash of your camera turned on.

How to turn off the flashlight on Control Center for iPhone

When you're done using the flashlight, just repeat the same process above to turn it off again.

  1. Swipe up from beneath the screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to access Control Center.
  2. Tap the Flashlight icon at the bottom left to turn it off (black).

That's all there is to it!

How to get more help with Control Center

If you have additional questions, or need some more help with Control Center or iOS 7, check out the following resources!

Allyson Kazmucha

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

Cobra46 says:

It would be nice if you could adjust the brightness like the Flashlight app is able to do.

Illegalprelude says:

I think that was done on purpose by Apple. They wanted the functionality to be simple and just one button and at the same time, not drive all the flashlight app makers out of business.

ericesque says:

OOH! Here's my pro-tip that I've had in my back pocket all beta:

To turn off the flashlight from the lockscreen, instead of activating control center again and hitting the flashlight toggle, just nudge the camera icon. Not enough to activate the camera, but just enough to get the lockscreen to bounce. Shuts the flashlight off :)

Poggley says:

Thanks so much for that tip ericesque. I've been walking around all day with the flashlight shining out of my bag. lol!

stephen007 says:

How things have changed. I remember WAY back in the day when Apple *wouldn't allow* a flashlight to be in the App Store. And now they're the ones providing it.

Becjr says:

I am extremely happy Apple included a flashlight. Now I can finally ditch that Flashlight app that I have been using... That beast was killing me with the ads! It was a 12.4 MB app that turned on and turned off, yet because of all the ad data it was pulling onto my phone, the Documents and Data for that app was 26.2 MB.
Goodbye chump flashlight app!
Woohoo!!

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BBooDad says:

Good basic flashlight app but no red screen for light at night that doesn't spoil night vision such as when doing astronomy

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cunningbrad says:

Flashlight is all good but I wish they would have put Location Services on their instead of Portrait Lock. You can't even turn it on with Siri. I have to fumble turning my GPS on while I'm at at light because I only turn the GPS on when I need it and when I need it is usually when I'm on the road!

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Chris Mang says:

I can't consistently get the Control Center to slide up from the Lock screen or Home screen. It works once after powering on the phone, then doesn't work at all after that.

Is this a case of a buggy phone or a buggy function in the new iOS?

ILoveAppleAndBananana says:

Me too! Takes me 8 tries to get the Control Center up. No problem pulling the notification center down.

mattd624 says:

Does anyone know how to turn on the flashlight using siri? I can't seem to make it work. Ios7 on iPhone 5

Timbo8000 says:

I don't know but I came here looking for the exact same thing!

Jesse Gregory says:

Saaame! I feel like with the next update Apple should catch this flaw. I asked Siri to turn on flashlight and responded with Sorry, I can't do that.