How To: Set Up LED Flash Alerts on Your iPhone & Never Miss Another Notification Again

Set Up LED Flash Alerts on Your iPhone & Never Miss Another Notification Again

I find ringtones extremely annoying, so my iPhone is typically on vibrate mode all of the time. For this reason, I sometimes miss texts and phone calls when my device isn't in direct contact with me. I hate missing alerts, but I'm still reluctant to put the volume up on my ringer.

An easy, built-in workaround is to enable the LED light on your iPhone to flash whenever you receive notifications. It's the same light used as the camera flash and flashlight, so it's bright enough to see during the day and perfect for catching alerts. In fact, it's bright enough that I can usually see it flashing through my pockets, and it's a cinch to enable.

Head to your "Settings" app, then tap on "General." Next, select "Accessibility, then scroll down and tap on "LED Flash for Alerts" under the Hearing section.

When you're on the LED Flash for Alerts screen, simply toggle the feature on. If you also want to make sure the LED flashes during a notification when you have the ring switch set to silent (red), then make sure "Flash on Silent" is also toggled on.

It's an easy preference that's buried in the Settings, but it can make a difference in the way you catch alerts. Also, as a personal tip, either disable this feature or make sure your LED is face down when you're in a movie theater; it can be quite distracting and annoying for audience members around you — trust me.

Save 20% on everything in the Gadget Hacks shop this Cyber Monday with coupon code CMSAVE20. Apps and software in the store have even bigger savings with code CMSAVE40. And for the largest discounts, check out the online courses for 70% off with CMSAVE70. Don’t know what to get? We can help:

See the 10 best CM deals on Gadget Hacks (up to 70% off) >

Cover photo, screenshots, and GIF by Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

Daily iPhone Hacks

Direct to your inbox.


it wont work for when i get text only when i get calls

That's odd. Do you have notifications on for the Messages app?

Share Your Thoughts

  • Hot
  • Latest