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How to use your iPhone's LED flash as a notification light

How to use your iPhone's LED flash as a notification light
While the majority of Android devices have been toting LED notification lights for a pretty long time now, Apple's iPhones have been lacking this pretty neat functionality. Alas, iPhone-wielding enthusiasts are unable to simply glance at their devices and get notified whether they have a pending notification by a nifty blinking light. Well, this might be somewhat of a deal-breaker for some users (then again, the devil's in the details), but still, there's a certain method that enables iPhone users to take advantage of their iPhone's hardware and emulate this notifying functionality to some extent.

That's right, an option that has been sitting quietly in the Accessibility tab of your iPhone allows you to use device's LED flash as a way to alert yourself about any upcoming push notifications. Still, you should take into consideration that unlike the LED light on most Android devices, which can blink as long as you have juice in your battery, the iPhone's flash will only glint for a short time (1-2 seconds, to be precise) upon receiving a push notification. Nevertheless, it will be constantly flickering while you receive a phone call. You should also take into account that enabling this option will have a pretty negative effect on your battery if you receive a lot of notification - after all, the flash is a rather power-hungry hardware gizmo.

Bear with us as we show you the ropes and follow the steps below:


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posted on 14 Jul 2014, 01:52 7

1. fzacek (Posts: 1946; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


The iOS setting actually looks pretty cluttered compared to Android's neatly organized menus...

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 01:58 1

3. fzacek (Posts: 1946; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


*Settings app* This pop-up ad is killing me -_-

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:06 2

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3383; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Firefox. Adblock Plus.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:56

10. Iodine (Posts: 450; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


That because it's in accessibility settings for deaf.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 01:57 4

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3383; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


A perfect example of just how greedy Apple is. They won't spend a few cents to include a notification LED, but make handicapped people use the flash instead.

"Designed in California" should be followed by "to be as cheap as possible".

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 03:08 2

12. Iodine (Posts: 450; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


They instead spent those cents to buy a second LED to make an flash that can vary its color temperature and help make photos with great colors and skin tones in low light. And that is approach of a "greedy" company isn't it ?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:00 2

4. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


A solid 80% of my iphone friends already know and use this? Thanks for the "tip"

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:20 1

6. Killertech2099 (Posts: 143; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


It works sometimes, it does eat battery but not as bad as you think. It really depends on your usage.You would have to put the screen face down which i hate cause my phone is naked. It doesn't flash for long and it doesn't have a timer either which is a bummer but it would be convenient if they do add a front led notification light. If not i guess it's beeps and buzzes for another year

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:20 3

7. amiaq (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


poor iphone users - no LED notification for sake of being "minimalist" , "simplicity", and "consistency".

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:32 1

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3383; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


poor iphone users - no LED notification for sake of being "minimalist" , "simplicity", and "consistency".

This is just Apple-speak for "to generate maximum corporate profits".

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 03:11

13. Iodine (Posts: 450; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Obviously iPhone users can have a notifications LED try to read the article again.

You wrote that like you didn't wanted to achieve "maximum corporate profits" or salary in one word.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 09:11

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5484; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Obviously iPhone users can have a notifications LED try to read the article again"

It is just a way to compensate missing notification LED. And I'm sure that such solution is even not friendly for battery.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:41 1

9. TechDork (Posts: 240; Member since: 10 May 2010)


It would help if they added an LED notification light. I mean, it's almost a necessity.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:59 1

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1362; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Email adress is visible lol

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 05:09

14. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The iphones have been lacking SEVERAL features that the Android world has been taking for granted for eons. They range from the niche features to basic functionality.

Apple has finally realized the reality & has started implementing some of these, albeit reluctantly. The IOS 8 is a small, but nevertheless much needed start

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 09:14

16. quakan (Posts: 1200; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


This is by far the most irritating feature especially if someone always keeps their phone slightly raised from their pocket. Almost blinds you everytime.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 09:29

17. Planterz (Posts: 914; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I never realized the iPhone didn't have a notification light. I'd laugh, but my current phone (Galaxy Light) doesn't have one either. On the other hand, the Galaxy Light can be had for $130 brand new off eBay. What's Apple's excuse for not using one?

I hate not having the notification light. Of course, I can do the same thing with the LED flash, but the flash on this phone is way to bright.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:40 1

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12027; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Phonearena these popup ads are ruining the sites experience.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 12:15

19. PhoneCritic (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Yeah, I agree. I guess they gotta pay the bills some how. Just wish it was not these massive pop ups that take the whole screen real estate.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:30

22. Planterz (Posts: 914; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Install an adblocker, FFS. I can't remember the last time I saw an ad on PA, whether on my PC or on mobile.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 12:27

20. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Thankfully I have not yet experienced any pop up ads on this site. But the lingerie ad on the home page is questionable. And not to mention.. distracting

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 20:37

21. Taters (Posts: 3306; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Led notification light should be standard IMO. I don't know why Apple doesn't include one. Maybe has something to do with the battery.

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