How To Use iPhone Flashlight As Morse Code Translator With Shortcuts
Your iPhone can do a lot of things, but do you know that you can use it as a Morse Code Translator? A spectacular iOS 14 shortcut can be used to turn your device’s Flashlight into a Morse code generator. This is achieved by codding the LED to flash pulsating light combinations, that are following the Morse code alphabet guidelines.
The shortcut doesn’t require any third-party iOS app. It uses the Shortcuts feature and is able to translate any text that you input into Morse code. You only have to follow the steps described below and you’ll be able to communicate via Morse code to anyone that can get a glimpse of your iPhone’s flashlight.
What Is Morse Code?
It’s a way you can communicate without using the actual alphabet. In the Morse Code letters, numbers and punctuation are replaced by a detailed system of dots, dashes and spaces. The Morse language can be expressed with flashing light or sounds that imitate knocks and taps.
Morse Code Usage Today?
Morse code messages can be extremely useful when you need to send a message but you can do it the conventional way. You can surprise your loved one and share your feelings with a nice Morse code light sequence.
On a more serious note, you can ask for help in case of extreme emergencies, like being forced to do something against your will, or being stranded somewhere remote in a forest, without being able to move and communicate via regular carrier signal.
Tip: Keep your messages simple. Don’t use punctuation or other complications that will make the message difficult to decode.
How To Use iPhone Flashlight As Morse Code Translator
- 1. Download the ‘Morse Encoder’ shortcut. Tap this direct iCloud link.
- 2. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen and tap on Add Untrusted Shortcut.
Tip: If you’re adding a shortcut from outside of the Shortcuts app Gallery for the first time, you need to Allow Untrusted Shortcuts in the iOS Settings -> Shortcuts. More details available here.
- 3. In the My Shortcuts tab, tap the newly downloaded Morse encoder shortcut.
- 4. Type the text that you want to send via Morse code and tap Done.
- 5. Point your iPhone’s towards the receiving end. The Flashlight will start pulsating your encoded message. A banner notification slides from the top of the screen after the sequence is completed. Tap OK to dismiss it.
Important: The banner notification is accompanied by an audio confirmation. This alert is played even if your iPhone’s Silent switch is enabled. Be extremely careful if you plan to use it in stealth mode, because it can give your position away.
Shortcut Source: Reddit
Morse Code Alphabet
* stands for dot; – stands for dash.
Question Mark **–**
Fraction Bar -**-*
Quotation Marks *-**-*
What do you think about this shortcut? How do you plan to use it? Use the comments section and let us know.
Related: You might be interested in the Game of Brightness shortcut that allows you to play a rudimentary guessing came, directly in your iPhone’s Control Center!
Is there a Morse Code Detector / Decoder using the Camera (Video) app?
Is there a generic Photon Digital Code detection and display app?
The app would need to detect a digital binary ON – OFF sequence and then display in ‘Notes’ app.
The output in a raw format with option to select a limited number of standard decodes.
A really good security option (for law enforcement or military use) would be a capability to encode – decode the generated and detected binary data streams.
In a fast moving situation a minimal code/decode system would be sufficient for short term security in most fast moving security situational needs.
James, thanks for your comment. We aren’t aware of such an app. If you do find one don’t hesitate to let us know.
Is there a way to edit the shortcut to make the morse code message constantly repeat for an amount of time?