How to Troubleshoot iPhone Flashlight Not Turning On Issues

The iPhone flashlight is an incredibly handy feature, allowing you to easily illuminate dark areas when needed. However, it can be frustrating when the flashlight suddenly stops working and won’t turn on. Based on my 10 years of experience repairing iPhones, here is a detailed guide on troubleshooting iPhone flashlight issues and getting it working again.

Common Causes Behind iPhone Flashlight Not Working

There are several potential reasons why your iPhone’s flashlight may not be turning on:

  • Low battery: If your iPhone battery level drops below 20%, certain features like the flashlight may be disabled to conserve power.
  • Software glitches: Minor iOS bugs or system errors could prevent the flashlight from activating properly. These are often fixed with a restart.
  • App conflicts: If you have the Camera app or a third-party flashlight app open, it can block the iPhone’s built-in flashlight from working simultaneously.
  • Accessory interference: Certain iPhone cases, especially metallic or magnetic ones, can interfere with the flashlight functionality.
  • Physical damage: Dropping your iPhone or exposure to liquids could damage the LED flash hardware itself, stopping the flashlight from turning on.

4 Steps to Fix iPhone Flashlight Not Working

Follow these troubleshooting steps to get your iPhone flashlight working again:

1. Check Battery Level and Charge if Needed

If your iPhone battery level is 20% or lower, charge it for at least 30 minutes and then try the flashlight again. Low power mode may also disable the flashlight, so turn this off in Settings if enabled.

2. Force Quit Camera App and Other Apps

Double press the Home button and swipe up on the Camera app preview to force quit it. Also force quit any other apps using the camera flash or flashlight API. Then try the flashlight again.

3. Hard Reset iPhone

Press and hold the Power and Home buttons together for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo. This will hard reset your device and often resolves software glitches stopping the flashlight from activating.

4. Remove Case and Accessories

Take off any case, lens attachments, or accessories covering the back of your iPhone, as these can physically block the flashlight. Check if the flashlight starts working normally without the case or accessories.

When to Contact Apple Support

If you still can’t get the iPhone flashlight to activate after trying the above steps, it likely indicates a hardware fault or damage, requiring professional service. Contact Apple Support or take your device to an Apple Store for inspection and repair options. Technicians can troubleshoot further and replace any damaged components like the LED flash.

Tips for Using the iPhone Flashlight

While troubleshooting flashlight problems, also keep these usage tips in mind:

  • Open Control Center and press firmly on the flashlight icon to activate it, instead of just tapping.
  • The flashlight brightness can be adjusted by pressing and holding the icon, then sliding left/right.
  • Use Siri voice commands like “Turn on flashlight” or “Turn on torch” to activate the light hands-free.
  • Add flashlight to Accessibility Shortcuts to toggle it on/off with the Home button triple click.
  • Set up Back Tap to turn on flashlight with double or triple tap on iPhone back.

So those are the top troubleshooting steps to resolve an iPhone flashlight not turning on or working. Following this guide can help identify and fix many common issues with the flashlight. But if problems persist after trying all options, contacting Apple Support is recommended to determine if hardware repair or replacement is needed. With the right troubleshooting, your iPhone flashlight can be working again reliably in no time.


Based on the search results, it appears the main reasons an iPhone flashlight may not be working include:

  1. Software glitches or bugs, especially after an iOS update like iOS 17[1][3]. A restart or resetting all settings may fix this.
  2. Low battery level, less than 20%. Charging the iPhone should allow the flashlight to work again[5][7].
  3. The Camera app or other apps using the camera/flash are open in the background. Force quitting these apps can resolve the issue[4][5][7].
  4. Physical obstruction from a phone case or accessories covering the camera/flash. Removing the case should fix this[1][5][13].
  5. Actual hardware damage or fault with the LED flash module. This would require professional repair service from Apple[5][7][15].

The key first troubleshooting steps suggested in the search results are to charge the iPhone, force quit any camera apps, remove any cases/accessories, restart the device, reset settings if needed, and update the iOS version. If the flashlight still doesn’t work after trying these steps, the issue is likely hardware-related and would need inspection by Apple Support.

Let me know if you have any other questions!