Gone are the days when you needed to search for a flashlight in a forgotten drawer or storage box, worry whether you still have the right batteries to turn it on, or groan in frustration when it’s not bright enough anyway Is. Nowadays, you can just turn to the multi-functional iPhone you have in hand. That is, provided the flashlight of your iPhone is working.
It’s a major annoyance when your iPhone’s flashlight stops working and you see a grayed-out flashlight icon. So, let’s take a look at the different solutions you can try to get your iPhone flashlight working again.
1. Turn off Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode disables certain features on your iPhone to save battery power. When it’s active, your battery level appears yellow instead of green. The Low Power Mode prompt automatically appears when your battery percentage drops below 20 percent. If you want to save battery life, you can also choose to keep your iPhone in low power mode at all times.
But your iPhone’s flashlight is often one of the features that gets disabled from this mode. To turn off Low Power Mode, go to the Settings app, select Battery, and tap to toggle Low Power Mode off.
2. Charge Your iPhone
Even after turning off Low Power Mode, you may find that your iPhone’s flashlight is still not working. This can happen simply because your device does not have enough battery power left to support the feature at that time. Therefore, you should plug your iPhone into a power source and start charging it.
The flashlight feature will start working again once your iPhone has enough power.
3. Check if your iPhone is not overheating
When your iPhone gets too hot, the flashlight may stop working. Continuing to use an overheating iPhone is not recommended. If your device exceeds a particular temperature threshold, it will eventually shut down until it cools down. You’ll also see a warning on your screen if the temperature gets too high.
To allow your device’s temperature to lower naturally, store your iPhone in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. However, try not to put your device in the fridge, as this could damage it. Just find a spot that’s naturally cool and shady. Once your device cools down, your iPhone’s flashlight should start working again.
4. Remove Flashlight from Control Center
If your iPhone’s flashlight is still not working, another possible solution is to remove the Flashlight option from Control Center and then re-add it.
5. Close Your iPhone’s Camera App
The flash function on your iPhone’s camera uses light similar to a flashlight. It’s normal for the flashlight icon in Control Center to be grayed out if you have the Camera app open. This is because you cannot use both the features at the same time.
To resolve this, simply exit the Camera app and access your Control Center again. You should see that the flashlight button can be selected again as usual.
6. Turn on your flashlight using camera flash
If you can’t turn on your iPhone’s flashlight from Control Center, the way to activate the flash function is to turn it on in the Camera app.
7. Toggle Flash on in Your iPhone’s Camera App
To rule out errors that may be preventing your iPhone’s flashlight from working, you can also try turning your camera flash on and off. The steps are similar to the solution for turning on your iPhone’s camera flash as discussed in the previous solution. But instead of leaving the flash set to On, toggle between On and Off a few times.
8. Update Your iPhone’s iOS
iOS updates usually come with fixes for performance bugs and various glitches. So, maybe you need to update your device to the latest version of iOS to fix your iPhone’s flashlight. If you’re not sure what to do, check out our guide on how to update your iPhone.
9. Restart Your iPhone
If the above methods didn’t solve the problem and your iPhone’s flashlight is still not working, then the next step that you should try is to restart your iPhone.
The method you follow varies depending on the iPhone model you have. But in general, you can go to Settings > General > Shut Down > Slide to Power Off. Then, after turning off your iPhone, press and hold the Side button to restart it. If you are unsure which steps to follow, you can refer to our guide on restarting your iPhone.
10. Restore Your iPhone to a Previous Backup
Besides updating and restarting your iPhone, you can also try restoring your iPhone to a previous backup when the flashlight was working as usual. However, when you use this method, keep in mind that you will also lose any new data that was added to your device since that backup.