The iPhone flashlight is a handy feature that offers a convenient source of light just when you need it. Like many other features on your phone, it can also encounter problems, regardless of how frequent you use it.
If the flashlight isn’t working, you can’t access it or it’s grayed out, there are some fixes you can try to get back into the light again.
How to fix iPhone flashlight not working
Restart your iPhone
This helps fix any software or technical glitches that can be in your iPhone. Restart the device and check if the flashlight works again.
Turn off the Camera app
Usually, when the camera app is turned on, the iPhone flashlight won’t work – they can’t both be on at the same time. The conflict is because they use the same bulb, but close the camera app and try using the flashlight again.
Reset iPhone settings
To do this:
- Open settings
- Tap General
- Now tap Reset and tap Reset all settings
Note: this won’t delete your data, but it’ll reset the phone to default settings and the flashlight may work again.
Restore iPhone to previous backup
To do this:
- Connect iPhone and open iTunes
- Select iPhone icon on iTunes screen and tap Back Up Now to back up your iPhone
- Tap Restore Backup
- Choose the backup you want to use and select Restore
Restore to Factory settings
To do this:
- Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and open iTunes
- Select iPhone icon and then tap Back Up Now
- Tap Restore iPhone and select Restore
Once you restore your iPhone to factory settings, restore your iPhone to the most recent backup. Selecting Set up as new iPhone won’t restore previously saved data, apps or settings. Instead, tap Restore from this backup and then tap Continue.
If the iPhone flashlight itself doesn’t work, even if the button is lit up as it should, the problem is not software but a hardware one. In this case contact Apple to take the phone to a licensed hardware repair store.
Check if your iPhone is still under warranty so you can get a free repair. The best thing is not to try fixing it yourself because by doing so, it could invalidate your iPhone’s warranty and make the problem worse.
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