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How to turn the flashlight on and off on the iPhone 13

Never be in the dark ever again.

Published onApril 10, 2024

It’s tremendously helpful to have a flashlight on your phone. It removes the need for a separate flashlight, and you never know when one will be useful. Therefore, knowing how to turn the flashlight on and off quickly is helpful. Here’s how to do it on the iPhone 13.


There are three ways to turn the flashlight on and off on an iPhone 13. The first is via the Control Center, the second is from the lock screen, and the third is by asking Siri to do it for you. You can also use iOS Shortcuts to add a flashlight to your home screen.


From the Control Center

The first method of activating the flashlight is through the Control Center. Here’s how to do it:

  • Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center.
  • Look for the flashlight icon, which looks like a small flashlight.
  • Tap on the flashlight icon once to turn it on. You should see the flashlight icon turn blue, indicating that the flashlight is now active.
  • To turn off the flashlight, simply tap the flashlight icon again in Control Center.

If the flashlight icon is not there, you must enable it in the Settings.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap on Control Center.
  • You’ll see two sections: INCLUDE and MORE CONTROLS.
  • Under the INCLUDE section, you’ll see a list of controls that are currently included in Control Center. Look for Flashlight in this list.
  • Tap the green button next to Flashlight. This will add the flashlight icon to the INCLUDE section in Control Center.


From the lock screen

If a PIN protects your screen, you may find it more convenient to access the flashlight from the lock screen. At the bottom of the lock screen is a flashlight icon. You need to long-press it to switch it on. Long-pressing it again turns it off.

ios flashlight lock screen

By asking Siri

ios siri flashlight

The third option is to ask your ever-helpful pal, Siri. She’ll do anything if you ask her nicely. For some reason, I find myself saying please to her. She will turn the flashlight off again for you if you ask her.

If you’re wondering, my phone is set to British English, and we say “torch,” not flashlight.

How to add the flashlight to the iPhone 13 home screen

Another possibility, and not really one you have to do considering your other options, is to put a flashlight icon on your iPhone home screen. For this, you’ll need the Shortcuts app. It should come pre-installed on all new iOS devices, but if not, you can download Shortcuts from the App Store.

  • To get started, tap the + icon in the top right-hand corner.
  • In the search box, start typing flashlight, and it will appear under Scripting. If your phone is in another language, type the correct word for a flashlight.
  • Tap the Turn word, and a menu will pop up. Select Toggle from that menu.
  • An optional step is to tap the blue arrow next to Toggle torch. This displays the brightness slider.
  • Now tap on the dropdown button right next to the Set Flashlight automation name and select Add to Home Screen.
  • Customize the icon and action name you want to use. Flashlight would be a good name, but it’s up to you. There’s also a lightbulb symbol that would work well here. When it all looks good, tap Add.
  • You can now toggle your flashlight on or off from your home screen using the new icon.

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