How to Enable Camera Flash on iPhone
If you’re taking a photo with your iPhone in a dark area and want to light up a subject, it’s easy to turn on your phone’s built-in flash in the Camera app. The process varies slightly for different iPhone models. Here’s how.
How to Enable Flash on iPhones with Face ID
If you have an iPhone with Face ID (like the iPhone X, 11, 12, 13 series phones), the layout of the Camera app is slightly different than iPhones with Touch ID (which we’ll cover separately below). ). On these devices, turning on the flash is a somewhat confusing multi-step process.
First, open the Camera app and switch to “Photo” or “Portrait” mode. Tap the caret-shaped arrow at the top center of the screen (if you’re holding your iPhone vertically) or on the left side of the screen (if you’re holding it horizontally).
This will expand a menu on the opposite side of the screen located just above (or to the left) of the large white trigger. In the row of icons that appears, tap the flash icon, which looks like a lightning bolt.
After tapping the lightning bolt icon, another small menu will appear next to it with three options: “Auto”, “Flash on” and “Off”. If you select “Auto”, your iPhone will only use the flash when the Camera app detects a dark scene. If you choose “Flash On”, the flash will always fire every time you take a photo. Choose one of these two options.
Once the flash is activated, you will see a special flash icon (a yellow lightning bolt) in several places on the screen.
To turn off the flash, repeat the above process, but select “Off” from the menu. Or you can tap the flash icon in the upper left (vertical orientation) or lower left (horizontal) corner of the screen until the lightning bolt icon appears crossed out.
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How to Enable Flash on iPhones with Touch ID
Enabling flash on an iPhone with a home button and Touch ID (such as the iPhone SE or iPhone 8 and earlier) is a simple two-step process. To do this, first open the Camera app and make sure you’re in “Photo” or “Portrait” mode. In the corner of the screen, tap the flash icon, which looks like a lightning bolt.
(If you hold the phone sideways, the flash icon will be in the lower left corner. If you hold it upright, the icon will be in the upper left corner.)
After pressing the icon, a small menu will appear. Tap “Auto” to activate an automatic flash that only fires when the Camera app detects low light. Tap “On” to keep the flash on with every photo, regardless of the surrounding lighting conditions.
While the flash is active, you will see a yellow lightning symbol at the top of the screen. To turn off the flash, tap the flash icon in the corner of the screen again and select “Off”. Have fun ! Hope you take some great photos!
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