No, I’m not talking about Siri. Believe it or not Apple’s digital assistant isn’t able to switch On/Off the flashlight at the time of writing (iOS 12 included). Which means that you can’t rely on voice commands when attempting to control your iPhone’s flash for illuminating purposes. The interrogation “Hey Siri turn on the flashlight!” is handled with the annoying “Sorry, but I’m not able to do that” reply.
How To Swipe To Turn Off iPhone Flashlight
The shortcut for switching off the torch is hidden in one of the most basic smartphone gestures: the swipe!
Trick: On lock screen, swipe-left and the flashlight will stop beaming. A half-swipe is enough. If you go through the full motion you will open the Camera app.
Fact: iOS in-house developers haven’t coded this gesture as a specific flashlight shortcut. Nevertheless this is a great find, because your iPhone automatically kills the torch when the Camera needs to be activated. This makes this trick only available only from the iPhone’s lock screen (there’s no Camera shortcut available on the Home screen)!