Did you know that you can adjust flashlight brightness on your iPhone?
It’s probably no surprise for any iPhone owner that you can use the LED flash on the back of your iPhone as a flashlight. Apple has included the shortcut in Control Center since iOS 7. But did you know you can control the brightness of your iPhone flashlight? Here’s how.
Apple added the flashlight brightness adjustment option with the iOS 10 update in 2016, so obviously this will only work on iPhones running iOS 10 or greater.
First, launch Control Center on your iPhone using one of the two methods listed here:
- iPhone X or newer: Swipe down from the top-right edge of the screen.
- iPhone SE and iPhone 8 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
- When Control Center appears on your screen, tap and hold the flashlight icon.
- Tap the flashlight icon in iPhone Control Center to turn it on.
After holding the icon for a moment, you’ll see a new screen with a flashlight icon on top and a large five-segment slider in the middle. The top segment means maximum flashlight brightness, and the bottom one means the flashlight is completely turned off.
How To Adjust The Brightness
When you’ve managed to access the brightness menu, you’ll see it’s a pill shape divided into five sections. The bottom section — which is a lighter shade of grey than the rest of the pill — is the “off” section. Each section is a different level of brightness.
To brighten (or dim) your flashlight, tap a different section of the pill shape, with the top section being the brightest and each section going down towards the off section being dimmer. You can also swipe your finger over the pill shape to change the brightness.
The next time you tap the Control Center flashlight icon to turn it on, it will default to the last brightness setting you set on the slider.
By default, your iPhone flashlight turns on to the lowest setting, equivalent to one segment of brightness on the manual scale, which Apple probably sets to conserve battery life.