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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22 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Firefox. Adblock Plus.

10. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That because it's in accessibility settings for deaf.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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".

12. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 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 ?

4. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

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

6. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 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

7. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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".

13. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

9. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Email adress is visible lol

14. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 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

16. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Phonearena these popup ads are ruining the sites experience.

19. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

22. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

20. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 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

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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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