Why Can’t I Get to the Flashlight on My iPhone’s Lock Screen?

There are certain features on your iPhone that are useful when you can get to them as quickly as possible.

For example, being able to launch the Camera app in just a second or two can make the difference between whether or not you get a good picture.

Another feature that is helpful when you can turn it on rapidly is the flashlight.

Our flashlight iPhone SE guide can provide specific instructions if you have that iPhone model.

You may be accustomed to using the flashlight from the Control Center, but you may have thought that it could only be used when the phone was unlocked.

Fortunately, this is not the case, and you can adjust a setting on your iPhone so that you can turn on the flashlight without unlocking the device.

The same light for the flashlight can also be enabled as a flashing light when you receive an alert. Read about how to enable the iPhone LED flash if it’s something you want to use.

How to Enable the Flashlight on the Lock Screen on an iPhone

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.4. These same steps will work for other iPhone models running versions of iOS higher than 7.0.

Once you have followed the steps below to enable the Control Center on the lock screen, there are other options that you can access as well. For one, you can control whether or not your device is locked to portrait orientation.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the Control Center option.

select the control center

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Access on Lock Screen to turn it on. You will know that it is turned on when there is green shading around the button. For example, the Control Center is enabled on the lock screen in the image below.

select the access on lock screen option

Once you have enabled this option, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen on the lock screen to bring up the Control Center. You can then take advantage of the different options available from this menu.

control center on lock screen

Have you been trying to take pictures in a quiet environment, only to have the flash sound go off? This guide will show you how to mute the camera noise to make picture taking a little more discrete.

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