How to Fix “iPhone Flashlight Not Working”

iPhone flashlight not working? iPhone LED flash not working? Read this guide to get the solutions. Applied to iPhone X/8/7/6s/5s in iOS 11 and the newest iOS 12.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 09, 2019

Flashlight is an important feature of the iPhone. We need the flashlight sometimes when taking photos, or use it to light the way at nights. However, you just find that the flashlight not working. You are not the only one meet this issue, other users also say that the flashlight greyed out in control center, the flash not working when taking photos, or the LED flash not working.

The flashlight not working issue mostly happens when you update your iPhone to the new iOS version like iOS 10, iOS 11 or new iOS 12. Here in this guide, we collect some basic tips to help you fix the iPhone 5s/6s/7/8/X flashlight not working issue. For the iPhone flashlight greyed out the issue, you can go to this guide to get the solutions.

1. Basic Solutions to Fix iPhone Flashlight Not Working

Tip 1. Turn off Camera app. Tap the Home button twice quickly, and swipe up to close the Camera app. Then open it again to text.

Tip 2. Hard reset your iPhone. You can always try this method when you meet any iPhone related problems. Press and hold the Home button and the Power button until the Apple logo appears. For iPhone 7 users, please press the Home button and the Volume Down button. For iPhone 8/X users: press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button, finally press and hold the Power button.

Tip 3. Reset All Settings. Go to Settings app > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. It will not erase any data on your iPhone, and just reset the iPhone to the default settings.

Tip 4. Update your iPhone to the newest iOS version. The new version may fix the iPhone flashlight not working bug.

Tip 5. Restore your iPhone. If all the above methods cannot help you fix the iOS 11/12 flashlight not working issue, you can restore your iPhone. Update the iTunes to the latest version > Plug in your iPhone > Summary > Click Restore iPhone. It will erase all the iPhone contents, so remember to back up your device firstly.

2. How to Fix iPhone LED Flash Not Working

Tip 1. Check your Settings. Make sure you have turned on the LED Flash for Alters. Settings > General > Accessibility to have a check.

Tip 2. Lock your iPhone. The LED flash will only work when your iPhone is locked.

Tip 3. Turn off Do Not Disturb. The LED flash will not work when you turn on Do Not Disturb. Go to Settings app or open Control Center to have a check.

Tip 4. Close Camera app. Tap the Home button twice quickly, find Camera app and swipe up to close it. Restart your iPhone and text the flash.

Tip 5. Turn off Low Power Mode. Go to Settings > Battery to have a check. If it is on, the flash LED may not work properly.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to fix iPhone flashlight not working and iPhone LED flash not working issue. If you also meet other iOS problems, you can go to this guide to find the solutions: The Most Common iOS Update Problems and Solutions >


Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on iOS and Android related problems.