Here's why the flashlight on your Apple iPhone seemingly turns on by itself

Here's why the flashlight on your Apple iPhone seemingly turns on by itself
One of the strangest complaints found on the Apple Communities web page (via USA Today) is one that over 500 iPhone users have written about. We are talking about iPhone owners finding out that the flashlight on their device has been turned on accidentally. The models affected include the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, and the problem started when Apple put shortcuts for the flashlight and the camera on the lockscreen.

Some users sporting the aforementioned models are accidentally touching the flashlight icon on the lower left of the screen with their thumb or palm. One iPhone X user complained that he keeps his iPhone in the front pocket of his pants, and it accidentally turns on when he walks. This, he says, results in the phone getting very hot while it also drains the handset's battery.

The flashlight shortcut cannot be removed from the lockscreen, but there are several ways to quickly turn it off before you accidentally blind the wrong person. If the flashlight is turning on while inside your pocket, one suggestion you can try is to turn off the Tap to Wake feature. To do that, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn off Tap to Wake. If the flashlight is on because of the accidental touch of a hand, you can swipe to the left very slightly from the lockscreen to turn it off. Swipe too much, and you'll open the camera by mistake.

Another quick way to turn off the flashlight is to ask Siri to handle the task. You can say, "Hey Siri, turn off the flashlight," or "Hey Siri, disable the torch. Two other commands that will do the trick include "Hey Siri, flashlight off," and "Hey Siri, torch off."

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2659 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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