iPhone SE – How to Access the Flashlight from the Lock Screen

There are a lot of times that a flashlight can come in handy. Unfortunately most of us don’t carry flashlights around with us all of the time, which can leave us literally in the dark.

You might have considered downloading a flashlight app from the App Store to help you in these situations, but there is actually a flashlight on your iPhone by default.

It utilizes the camera flash (like the LED flash for alerts does, too) and can be very useful in a lot of situaitons.

You can access this flashlight from a menu called the “Control Center” which you get to by swiping up from the bottom of your phone screen. Once open, the Control Center will look similar to the image below.

how to use the flashlight on the iphone se

You can see the flashlight icon at the bottom-left of this menu. Simply tap that icon and the camera flash on the back of the device will light up, allowing you to point the phone at whatever you want to see. But if you are trying to open the flashlight from the lock screen and aren’t able to bring up the Control Center, then it’s possible that it has been disabled on the lock screen. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can re-enable it and be able to access the iPhone SE flashlight when the device is locked.

How to Enable the Control Center on the Lock Screen of an iPhone SE

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone SE running iOS 10.3.2. These steps assume that you are currently unable to open the Control Center when your phone is locked. Once you have finished below you will be able to access the flashlight from your lock screen, as well as the rest of the tools and settings that are found in the Control Center.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

iphone se settings

Step 2: Choose the Control Center option.

iphone se control center settings

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Access on Lock Screen to enable the setting. There should be green shading around the button when it is turned on. Note that there is also an option to “Access Within Apps” which will allow you to open the Control Center when you have an app open. You can choose the enable or disable that setting as well, based on your personal preferences.

how to access the flashlight from the lock screen on iphone se

Besides the flashlight that is found on the Control Center, your iPhone has some other tools as well. Learn how to use your iPhone as a level so that you can see if a surface is flat.

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