The quickest way to turn off the iPhone's flashlight

Turning the flashlight off on your iPhone using Control Center is so 2013. Instead, use this helpful tip to quickly turn it off.

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Control Center on iOS 7 added a convenient method to use the flash on an iPhone as a flashlight. From any screen, including the lock screen, iOS 7 users are able to bring up Control Center and turn on the flashlight with just a tap. It was a welcome addition to the platform, albeit a small one, and eliminated the need for a third-party app to be installed on the device.

Often I have found myself using the flashlight long enough for my iPhone's screen to turn off. The process to turn the flashlight back off is the same as turning it on, requiring you to press the home or wake button, bring up Control Center, and then tap on the flashlight icon. Simple enough.

Thanks to a tip posted on Mac OS X Hints, the process to turn off the flashlight can be sped up to just one tap.

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The next time you're using your iPhone as a torch, turn off the flashlight by tapping on the lock screen's camera icon. You'll find that the flashlight instantly turns off, with no further action needed on your part.

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Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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