15 solutions to fix an iPhone flashlight not working

Fix flashlight not working on iPhone

A non-working flashlight on iPhone can be due to software glitches or serious hardware problems. This guide shows you how to fix your iPhone flashlight issues like it being grayed out or refusing to turn on.

The solutions apply to all iPad models with a backlight and all iPhones, including iPhone 13, 12, 11, XR, 7, etc.

This tweak puts a white dot in the Status Bar when your LED flashlight is on

One of the things I really like about iOS and iPadOS is that a tiny colored dot manifests itself in the Status Bar when your handset’s camera or microphone activates. Not only is it a great way to be reminded that your hardware is being used in the background, but it also promotes privacy by ensuring you’re in the know whenever an app taps into your camera or microphone.

I can’t count on my own two hands the number of times I’ve witnessed someone who forgot their device’s flashlight on and failed to realize it either because they were out in the Sun or because the LED flash was being covered by something. Having said that, a similar Status Bar-centric indicator for the rear-facing LED flash could also benefit users.

Customize the toggling sound of your pwned iPhone’s flashlight with FlashSound

If you use your iPhone’s rear-facing LED flash as a flashlight to help you navigate dark environments from time to time, then you’re far from alone.

Right out of the box, Apple provides a shortcut on the Lock Screen for the aforementioned purpose, and it even offers a satisfying amount of haptic feedback when toggled. As for a cool sound effect, however, users are left underwhelmed.

Tenmetsu makes the iPhone’s rear-facing flash more like a pro flashlight

In addition to being a phone and an internet communications device, the iPhone could be described as a digital multitool. A great example is the handset’s rear-facing LED flash, which doubles as a flashlight when we find ourselves stranded in the dark.

Out of the box, a stock iPhone supports use of the aforementioned LED flash as a flashlight via the Lock Screen Quick Action button or the dedicated Control Center module. Users may also adjust the LED brightness in steps if they wish. Unlike a lot of flashlights on the market today, however, the iPhone’s LED flash seems lackluster in the feature department. That’s where a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Tenmetsu by iOS developer Plat-Ykor comes into play.

Manaar lets you operate your iPhone’s LED flashlight with the sleep button

First and foremost, your iPhone is an internet-based communications device, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other things. The handset’s rear-facing LED flash, for example, doubles as a convenient multi-stage flashlight when you’re stuck in the dark.

Stock iPhone users are limited to using the Lock Screen’s flashlight quick action button or using Control Center’s toggle button from anywhere else in iOS. But in those awkward slick-fingered situations where using a touch screen simply isn’t a viable option, a new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed Manaar by iOS developer Plat-Ykor could come in handy.

FlashNotify ensures you never forget when your iPhone’s flashlight is on

If a notched iPhone is your daily driver, then you might be familiar with just how easy it is to accidentally activate the rear-facing LED flashlight from the Lock Screen. Even more annoying is when it’s a bright and sunny day outside and you can't see that you have the flashlight feature turned on, therefore forgetting all about it and imposing unnecessary battery drain on your device.

FlashNotify is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Greg0109 that was created to prevent the two aforementioned scenarios from happening to you. As the tweak’s name implies, FlashNotify works by notifying you when you forget to turn off your handset’s rear-facing flash and provides intelligent features for turning it off when this happens.

ShakeLight lets you use your iPhone’s LED flashlight with a shake

I often find myself in situations where I require a flashlight, and when one isn’t readily available. When this happens, I’ll do the only logical thing and grab my iPhone to use the LED torch functionality.

There are some cases, however, when using the touch screen to activate my iPhone’s LED torch just isn’t an option, and that’s one reason why I’m excited about the release of a new and free jailbreak tweak called ShakeLight by iOS developer Kritanta.