How to Use the Flashlight in watchOS 4

watchOS 4 brings several new features to the Apple Watch, including a new flashlight function that lights up the face of the Apple Watch so you can have an extra light when you're digging around in a bag, trying to open a door in the dark, or wherever else you might require a little bit of light.

It doesn't put off as much light as an iPhone screen, but it's handy in a pinch, especially since it's a hands-free light source.


Apple has also designed the flashlight to be a safety feature for runners and bicycle riders. At night, you can turn it on and have it flash, making other people out on the road aware of your presence.

Accessing the Flashlight



  1. While wearing the Apple Watch, raise your wrist up to illuminate the screen.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom to bring up the Control Center.

  3. Tap on the icon that looks like a miniature flashlight.

  4. Your Apple Watch display will now light up at maximum brightness.

  5. Close the flashlight by swiping down to dismiss it or by pressing the Digital Crown.

Changing Flashlight Modes


There are three flashlight modes in total - pure white, flashing white, and red. Changing between them is simple:

  1. With the flashlight active on the initial bright white display, swipe to the left.

  2. This switches the flashlight to the second display mode, which is a flashing black and white.

  3. Swipe to the left a second time to access the red light.

  4. Swipe right again to cycle through modes.

  5. Close the flashlight by swiping down to dismiss it or by pressing the Digital Crown.


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10 months ago

Yawn. Android Wear.... 2015.


Really? Dammit!

*cancels Watch order and goes searching for Android Wear
*changes mind

This isn't an article claiming to have re-invented the wheel. It's a how-to article.
Honestly people, pull your heads out of your arses.
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10 months ago

Why? Just why?


Apple has also designed the flashlight to be a safety feature for runners and bicycle riders. At night, you can turn it on and have it flash, making other people out on the road aware of your presence.
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10 months ago

Yawn. Android Wear.... 2015.

Always remember, Android came inspired from Apple.
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10 months ago
Thanks! Kinda illuminating I guess.
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10 months ago
Using the flashlight showed me just how bad my watch face is burned into the screen. Shows up easily on the all white background. Makes me a little nervous about getting the OLED iPhone X
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10 months ago

Yawn. Android Wear.... 2015.

Sounds like someone needs a nap.
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10 months ago

I could see the use for a red face when you are assisting in an emergency situation. I have been unlucky enough to have had to do that a few times. Having a quick red light to be able to wave around at night and get peoples attention would not be the worst thing...

Couldn't help but thinking that red light feature could also be useful in a certain famous 'district' in Amsterdam.....
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10 months ago

Why? Just why?

Why not? What's your problem? 'm infact thankful to Apple.
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10 months ago

Yawn. Android Wear.... 2015.


Wait, you mean Android Wear added a native flashlight that copies the flashlight apps from 2010 in 2015? You must have really yawned on that day.
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10 months ago


Apple has also designed the flashlight to be a safety feature for runners and bicycle riders. At night, you can turn it on and have it flash, making other people out on the road aware of your presence.

As a nighttime cyclist, I appreciate the effort, but what are the lumens on this? I mean, if it is 1-2 lu, it might be helpful, but not easily seen by cars, especially when they're going 30-45 mph.

This may be obvious, but if you're riding or running at night, wear ANSI Class 3 outerwear. Ikea has the vests, and have a real running/bike light. You can get cheap ones on Amazon for $15, and they will blind small rodents that may come near you.
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