While entering a four digit passcode, or using Touch ID or Face ID is a fast way to access your iPhone, occasionally you just need to turn on the flashlight. Being able to do this as quickly and easily as possible can be important, so you might be interested in learning how to turn on flashlight without unlocking iPhone.
How to Use the Flashlight Without Entering Your Passcode on an iPhone
- Open the Settings menu.
- Select the Control Center.
- Turn on the Access on Lock Screen option.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to turn on flashlight without unlocking iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
A flashlight on your iPhone is a surprisingly useful thing to have access to. Several versions of iOS ago, you could only get the flashlight by downloading third-party apps. But Apple includes it as part of iOS by default now, making it much more convenient to use.
The flashlight can even be accessed directly from the lock screen, on a menu called the Control Center. This means that you can access the flashlight quickly, without even needing to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID, or by entering a passcode.
But if you can’t get to the Control Center from your lock screen, then you might need to change a setting. Our guide below will show you where to find that setting so that you can start using your flashlight without needing to enter your passcode.
Many newer iPhone models and newer iOS versions simply have a flashlight icon on the Home screen. If your iPhone has that you can just tap and hold the flashlight icon to turn it on. The same goes for the Camera icon you see there as well.
How to Quickly Use the Flashlight from the Lock Screen on an iPhone 6 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps below were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.3. Note that your iPhone needs to be running at least iOS 7 to have access to the Control Center. The Control Center includes a number of other helpful features as well, such as the ability to lock the screen in portrait orientation.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Tap the Control Center option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Access on Lock Screen to turn it on.
You will know that the setting is enabled when there is green shading around the button. It is enabled in the picture below.
Now you can simply swipe up from the bottom of the lock screen to open the Control Center, then tap the flashlight icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Now that you know how to turn on flashlight without unlocking iPhone you can take advantage of that useful option on the device when you don’t have an actual flashlight nearby.
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