Do you have trouble turning on the flashlight of your iPhone 13? Whether it’s a grayed-out or missing Flashlight toggle inside the Control Center or an LED that refuses to light up, here’s how to turn on the flashlight on your iPhone 13 again.
The iPhone 13 has a number of useful features. One of those is the flashlight, which can be a lifesaver during times when you need a little extra light but don’t have an actual flashlight on hand or when you’re out of batteries. However, just like with ￼any other feature, the iPhone 13 flashlight might malfunction. If it suddenly stops working, there are ways to troubleshoot to get it up and running again.
How to Fix iPhone 13 Flashlight Not Working
There are several reasons why the iPhone 13 flashlight function may not be working. Usually, a software bug or glitch causes the feature to malfunction. Other times the exact cause only reveals itself with the corresponding fix.
Follow these steps in the order listed to troubleshoot an iPhone 13 flashlight that’s not working. The tips below also applies to the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max that flashlight is not working.
1. Exit or Force-Quit the Camera App
If the Flashlight option appears grayed out within the iPhone 13 Control Center, an active Camera app’s the most likely reason. Having the Camera app on may create a conflict between the camera’s flash and the flashlight, since these both use the same bulb and, therefore, cannot be used at the same time. So, exit the Camera app and re-open the Control Center.
If the Flashlight toggle is still grayed out, you must force-quit the Camera app. To do that, bring up the App Switcher (swipe up from the bottom of the screen) and swipe up the Camera card to shut down the app. Additionally, it’s a good idea to force-quit other apps that use the camera.
2. Add Flashlight to Control Center
If the Flashlight control appears missing within the Control Center of your iPhone 13, you (or someone else with access to your tablet) may have removed it by accident.
To add the Flashlight toggle back, open the Settings app, and select Control Center on the sidebar. Then, scroll down to the More Controls section and tap Add next to Flashlight. You can then adjust its position within the Control Center by dragging the control up or down the list.
3. Adjust Flashlight Brightness
If the iPhone 13 flashlight brightness appears weak, you can always try adjusting its intensity. To do that, Swipe down from the top-right edge of the screen to launch Control Center. Now, tap and hold the flashlight icon. To increase your flashlight brightness, hold and move your finger up along the slider.
4. Restart Your iPhone 13
If you find your iPhone 13 flashlight not working after trying the above fixes, restart your device. Many software problems and bugs can be fixed by simply restarting the device. This resets some of the temporary settings that cause apps and features to malfunction. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Shut Down. Then, drag the slider to the right to turn off the device. Wait for 30 seconds before holding down the side button to reboot it.
5. Force-Restart Your iPhone 13.
A basic restart sometimes isn’t enough to fix iPhone 13 flashlight problem. In some cases, you may need to perform a force restart, which is a more powerful reset. To do this, press and quickly release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Then, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
6. Update Your iPhone 13
I know we’re always mentioning updating your iPhone’s software in these troubleshooting articles but, that’s because it helps! A malfunctioning flashlight can simply be the result of buggy system software. . If your iPhone 13 isn’t updated to the latest version of iOS, take a few minutes and update now. This may resolve not only your iPhone 13 flashlight issue, but other small glitches and bugs you’ve been experiencing. You can check for an iOS update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
7. Reset all settings
The iPhone 13 contains numerous under-the-hood settings that create conflicts and prevent various features—such as the flashlight—from functioning correctly. Apple knows that, which is why iOS comes with an option that lets you reset all settings to their defaults. Resetting Settings will erase your WiFi Password and reset all settings and preferences on your iPhone to factory default settings (it will not delete any data from your iPhone)
Head to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > select Reset All Settings option.
On the confirmation pop-up that appears, tap on Reset to confirm. After iPhone restarts, you will have to rejoin WiFi Network by entering your WiFi Network Password.
8. Factory Reset Your iPhone 13
If the flashlight on your iPhone 13 continues to give you trouble, factory resetting your iPhone might help resolve the issue.
Since you’ll lose all data on the device, you must start by backing up your iPhone to iCloud or a computer. Then, open the Settings app and go to General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone. You can restore data after the reset procedure.
9. Use a third-party flashlight app
If your default flashlight switch isn’t working, you can utilize another flashlight app. Type ‘Flashlight’ into the search field on the app store then From the search results, choose your favorite flashlight app.
10. Contact Apple Support
It is likely that the above solutions will fix any issues that you are experiencing while accessing your iPhone 13 flashlight. If your iPhone 13 flashlight won’t turn on, or the Flashlight icon or button is greyed out, you might want to contact Apple Support. It might be a hardware problem, which means a specialist will have to repair it. A professional at the Apple Store or at a licensed repair store can fix it for a small fee or even free if your iPhone is still under warranty.