what to do if your iPhone flashlight won't turn off

Imagine ending up in a dark room with nothing but just your iPhone. Likewise, imagine your hiking adventures take you somewhere too dark to see ahead. In both these scenarios, the first thing you will do is to switch on your iPhone’ flashlight. Gone are the days when people had emergency lights or torch lights for emergencies as everything these days is central to smartphones.

iPhone’ flashlight is an incredible feature that can come handy in many situations. Users love it and frequently use it too. However, a bit of trouble kicks in when you switch on the flash only to experience that it won’t turn off later. You will head to your Control Centre from where you can turn it off but hitting the flashlight icon wouldn’t do anything.

It is a rare occurrence that flashlight won’t turn off but if it happens, troubleshooting it is quite easy. If you are one of the few users that are experiencing this issue then don’t worry, this article will highlight the methods that will help you address it.

From Lock Screen:

Troubleshooting methods do not come as easy as this one. If you are unable to switch off your flashlight from the Control Centre then the fastest way to address it through the home screen. All you will need to do is to launch the iPhone’ camera. Doing it will instantly switch off the flashlight as the camera requires access to the LED flash which will shut down the flash. This method usually delivers but if not, move on to the next method.

Force Restart:

Try a simple restart and it may well work. However, if it doesn’t you need to Force Restart the iPhone. Here is how to do it for different iPhone models:

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Factory Restore:

It is very unlikely that you will reach this stage, but if you do, then you will have to factory restore your iPhone. As daunting as this task is, the matter of fact is that it always delivers no matter how complicated the issue is. The only issue with this method is that you will have to set up your iPhone again but given the problem, it is not too much to ask. Here is what you need to do:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Next, tap on the option Reset.

4. Now choose Erase all Content and Settings. Provide your passcode to prompt it.

5. Upon restart, set up your iPhone and recover the data from iCloud backup. Your flashlight issue will be gone once the iPhone is ready.

Alternatively, you can also restore your iPhone by using iTunes. The method is as simple as connecting your iPhone to iTunes and then follow the onscreen instructions. Do not forget to create a fresh backup before restoring the iPhone. Since the flashlight not turning off isn’t a big issue, the troubleshooting techniques are simple and limited too.