How do you turn on the flashlight on an iPhone without unlocking it?

Answered by Tom Adger

To turn on the flashlight on an iPhone without unlocking it, you can take advantage of the convenience offered by the Control Center. This feature is available on devices running iOS 11 or later, including the iPhone X and newer models. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Activate the Lock screen: Raise your iPhone to wake it up, or press the Side button (on the right side of the device) or the Home button (on older iPhone models).

2. Access the Control Center: On the Lock screen, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen (where the battery and network icons are located) to reveal the Control Center. Alternatively, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen on older iPhone models.

3. Find the flashlight icon: In the Control Center, you’ll see various icons representing different functions and shortcuts. Look for the flashlight icon, which resembles a small flashlight.

4. Turn on the flashlight: Once you locate the flashlight icon, simply tap on it to instantly turn on the flashlight. The icon will highlight, indicating that the flashlight is now active.

That’s it! You have successfully turned on the flashlight on your iPhone without unlocking it. This can be incredibly useful in situations where you quickly need to illuminate your surroundings, such as finding your way in the dark or searching for something in low-light conditions.

It’s worth noting that the flashlight will remain on until you manually turn it off. To turn off the flashlight, simply repeat the steps outlined above and tap on the flashlight icon again. Alternatively, you can also swipe up or press the Home button to exit the Control Center, which will automatically turn off the flashlight.

Additionally, if you own an iPad Pro or an iPhone X or later, you have another convenient option to turn on the flashlight directly from the Lock screen. By raising your device to wake it or pressing the Side button, you can access the Lock screen. From there, you can simply press the flashlight icon to turn it on, without the need to access the Control Center.

I hope this detailed explanation helps you easily turn on the flashlight on your iPhone without unlocking it. Stay well-lit!