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."

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18 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1752; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s amazing to know

2. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Shouldn’t a sort of “pocket mode” that uses the prox sensor disable touches while in the pocket?

3. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

Samsung uses the light sensor to do this. If you get annoyed with it you can toggle the feature off.

8. mootu

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Huawei phones have a pocket mode as well.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Fruit OS is real boring and not that customizable, hell even old Symbian had more customization options!

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Let's talk more about the accidental screen shots the new UI brings. Sounds like an attempt to fill base iCloud storage so the uninformed will increase their storage. Pad those service $$$

6. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Apple is protecting it's users ... from themselves again (can't remove shortcut from lock screen)... what could go wrong?? I don't understand why people put up with this controlling attitude....and even pay a premium for the privilege to be dictated to. I guess blindly following the big company's dictates has it's appeal to some. What could go wrong with that after all?

7. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Just picked up the stockish android phone next to me. It can’t remove shortcuts from the lockscreen either. Well that deflated your whole comment.

9. mootu

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And what phone would that be?

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You're phone seems to be broken then.

14. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I guess all OnePlus 6s are broken. Also all Pixels, and probably other countless androids.

11. hjl2345

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

What phone are you using? I never heard of any type of android phone that restricts the user from doing that. Can you tell me the model?

13. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

OnePlus 6. Can’t edit or remove shortcuts. I never remembered ever having an android phone that allows lockscreen customization beyond the wallpaper.

15. hjl2345

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Huh, my Galaxy A8 has lockscreen customizations. I just go to the lock screen settings and choose app shortcuts on my settings.

12. hjl2345

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

iOS really needs to work on bringing more customizing to the UI. They've been playing catch up for so long with Android, and I really hope iOS 13 is the year they bring such changes because they took a year off from iOS 12 from doing that

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The flashlight shortcut cannot be removed from the lockscreen! #freeiphoneusers, #BaahhBaahh. O.o

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I Judge correctly. O.o

18. Brewski

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

You're putting it in your pocket wrong.

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