iPhone flashlight not working? 7 Working fixes

How to fix iPhone flashlight not working

The flashlight is such a handy option that Apple provides a quick access button on the iPhone Lock Screen! However, if the torch on your iPhone has stopped working, here are some quick and effective ways to fix it. Let us start with the basics and work our way up to get your iPhone flashlight working again.

If the issue is caused due to some software glitch, you can get over it by trying the tips mentioned below. But, if it has something to do with the hardware, you will be required to contact Apple Support or any Apple authorized service center.

Before you begin: If you’re in an extremely warm or cold atmosphere, chances are the flashlight would not function as usual.

  1. Force quit camera-demanding iOS apps
  2. Restart or force reboot your iPhone
  3. Ensure that the Low Power mode is off
  4. Change the flashlight intensity on iPhone
  5. Trigger flashlight settings in the Camera app
  6. Update your iPhone
  7. Reset the iPhone settings

1. Force quit camera-demanding iOS apps

In unforeseen situations, the built-in camera app or any other third-party apps that require camera access, like Instagram, Snapchat, etc., might cause interference. To ensure they don’t hinder flashlight, try force quitting such apps.

  1. On iPhones with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. On rest, double press the Home button, and you will be in the App Switcher of iOS.
  2. Drag or swipe up the apps from the App Switcher, which will force close them.
  3. Now, try using the flashlight from the Control Center or the Lock Screen once again and see whether it works.

    Force Quit Camera and Other Such Apps

Tip: If you want to enable flashlight alerts when you get a call or notification? Head to this article and learn how to do it.

2. Restart or force reboot your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is an almost sure-shot solution to fix the flashlight problem. Use the physical buttons to turn it off. Wait for a minute, turn it back on, and you will most likely get rid of the problem. Check out this article to know how you can force reboot your iPhone.

3. Ensure that the Low Power mode is off

While Flashlight usually works in Low Power mode, it might not turn on if the battery is too low. So, try charging your device. The culprit could also be a glitch with the battery-saving mode.

Turn off Low Power mode, open Settings →tap Battery → select Low Power ModeToggle off. Now see if the flashlight turns on; if not, skip to the next step.

Disable low power mode on iPhone

4. Change the flashlight intensity on iPhone

We’re covering all possible basis here. And it might be that your iPhone’s flashlight is set at the lowest level, causing the issue. To increase the intensity of the iPhone flashlight, follow this article linked.

5. Trigger flashlight settings in the Camera app

If you encounter the grayed-out flashlight icon (on the lock screen or in the control center), a quick fix would be to trigger the flashlight from the Camera app.

Launch the Camera app → tap the Flash icon (⚡) → select On Off → and then back On.

Trigger flashlight settings in the Camera app on iPhone

6. Update your iPhone

To ensure that the iPhone runs smoothly and all common bugs are resolved, install the most recent iOS version.

To check for updates: Open Settings → tap General → hit Software Update.

7. Reset the iPhone settings

When nothing works correctly, resetting all settings comes to the rescue. After you perform this, all the settings you have ever changed or added are removed and restored to default. However, your apps, music, photos, videos, and other personal data are not altered. 

  1. Open the Settings app and tap General.
  2. Navigate to Transfer or Reset iPhoneReset Reset All Settingsconfirm the prompt and continue.

    Steps to reset all settings on iPhone
  3. Once the process is completed, try using the flashlight again.
    It will most certainly work as expected.

Summing up…

I believe the above solutions helped you fix the flashlight issues. If they did not help, you could try restoring your iPhone or contact Apple Support for further assistance. Hope it doesn’t come to that. Let me know which hack worked for you. And if you need more assistance, feel free to contact us in the comment section.

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