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How to turn off flashlight on iPhone

Cameras are a staple feature on a smartphone. Originally, not all of them came with a flash but that too has become a standard feature on phones. On some phones, the flash double as an indicator for when there are new or unread notifications. It’s basically a light on your phone that, given the right app, can be used for different things.

Flashlight on iPhone

All current models of the iPhone have a flash that works with the camera. It also doubles as a flashlight. It’s such a useful feature that Apple added a shortcut to turn the flashlight on and off from the lock screen.

There are two ways to turn the flashlight on; you can long press the flashlight button on the lock or you can add the flashlight to the control center and use the toggle to turn it on.

Turn off flashlight on iPhone

To turn off the flashlight on the iPhone from the lock screen; press and release the flashlight button at the bottom left of the screen.

To turn off the flashlight from the control center, you need to first add the toggle for it.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Control Center.
  3. Under More controls, tap the plus button next to torch.
  4. Swipe down from the top right to open the control center.
  5. Tap the torch toggle to turn it off (or on).

The torch toggle also gives users access to brightness controls for the flashlight. You can lower its brightness.

  1. Swipe down from the top right of the screen to open the control center.
  2. Press and hold the torch toggle.
  3. Select a brightness level and the torch will be set for it.
  4. The next time you turn the torch/flashlight on, it will be as bright as you’ve set it. 

You can change the brightness from the control center any time you want. The brightness does not impact the flash when it works in the camera app.


The flash doubling as a camera is a great example of a user feature that became mainstream. This ‘feature’ was originally added on Android phones via an app. At the time, the same feature was added on iOS devices via jailbreak tweaks. It took a long time before it was finally added as an OS level feature on both Android and iOS. The flash on newer phone models (iPhone and Android) can be used as a flashlight but it’s going to drain the battery much, must more quickly. You should only use it if you’re in a pinch.

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