led flash alerts

iOS has supported LED flash alerts for new notifications for a long time, but the iPhone doesn’t have a dedicated LED notification light. However, you can turn on the LED flash alerts option to use the camera’s flash as a notification light.

When you’re in situations where you must keep your phone silent and it can’t vibrate either, use the LED flash alerts option. Place your phone face down and , when a new notification comes in, the camera’s flash will indicate a new notification with three quick flashes.

You may not want to leave this setting on all the time. The camera flash uses a good amount of battery power, so you may only want to use this setting when you have to. Today we’ll show you how to enable LED flash alerts for all notifications or only when the phone is in silent mode.

Open The Accessibility Settings

The “LED Flash for Alerts” option is in the “Accessibility” settings, so tap the “Settings” icon on your Home screen.

Tap Settings on the Home screen

Next, tap “General” on the “Settings” screen.

Tap General on the Settings screen

Tap “Accessibility” on the “General” screen.

Tap Accessibility on the General screen

Open The LED Flash for Alerts Settings

On the “Accessibility” screen, scroll down to the “Hearing” section and tap “LED Flash for Alerts“.

This setting was previously a switch allowing you to enable or disable the LED alerts. Now it has its own settings screen.

Tap LED Flash for Alerts on Accessibility screen

Enable LED Flash Alerts For All Notifications

There are two switches on the “LED Flash for Alerts” screen. Turn on the “LED Flash for Alerts” slider button (it will turn green) to get an LED flash alert for all new notifications.

Turn on LED Flash for Alerts

Enable The LED Flash Alerts For New Notifications In Silent Mode

If you only want to get alerts using the camera flash when your phone is on silent mode, turn on the “Flash on Silent” slider button (it will turn green). When your iPhone’s physical silent mode switch on the left side of your phone is on, you will get new notifications through your camera’s flash.

Turn on Flash on Silent

Enable The Raise To Wake Feature

When using your phone’s camera flash to get new notifications, you should put your phone face down so you can see them. There’s another feature that’s helpful when putting your phone face down.

The Raise to Wake feature automatically wakes your iPhone’s screen when you pick up your phone up from a flat surface to look at it. This allows you to see at a glance if the notification you just received is one that needs your immediate attention.

To access the Raise to Wake feature, go to “Settings” > “Display & Brightness“. Then, tap the “Raise to Wake” slider button (it will turn green).

Turn on Raise to Wake

The Raise to Wake feature is only supported on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE.

In which situations do you use the LED flash alert feature to get new notifications? How has it affected your iPhone’s battery life? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.