Your iPhone has a flashlight that you can use by swiping up from the bottom of your screen and tapping a button. The iPhone’s flashlight is then enabled by turning on the camera flash on the back of the device.
Your Apple Watch has a flashlight, too, even though it doesn’t have a camera or a camera flash. Instead the Apple Watch flashlight makes your screen a bright white color, or even a flashing white light or red light. If you often turn on your watch face for a bright light source in a dark environment, then find out how to use the watch’s dedicated flashlight option for some additional light.
How to Turn on the Apple Watch Flashlight
The steps in this article were performed on an Apple Watch 2, in the WatchOS 4.2.3. operating system. This option was not available in some earlier versions of WatchOS, so you may need to update if you don’t see this button on your watch. Note that this is not related to the flashlight on your iPhone.
The same menu in the steps below has a water icon, too. Find out what it does.
Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your Apple Watch.
Step 2: Tap the flashlight icon.
Step 3: Swipe to the left to view the other flashlight modes on the watch. The default mode is a bright white screen, the second mode is a flashing white screen, and the last mode is a bright red screen. Once you are done using the watch’s flashlight, simply swipe down from the top of the screen to close it.
If your iPhone has been updated to iOS 11, then you have the ability to remove the flashlight, if you would like to do so. Find out how to get rid of the flashlight on the iPhone’s Control Center if you find that you turn it on accidentally more often than you actually use it.
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