Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by Ernest
If your iPad has a rear camera flash, then your device also has a flashlight. You might have problems finding the icon on your device, and I’m going to show you have you can turn on/off the flash and where you can locate the icon(if you can)
Turn on the iPad’s flash with Siri
You don’t even need to unlock your iPad. Just simply say, “Hey Siri, can you turn on/off the flashlight?”
If it doesn’t work by any chance, you have to go to settings and enable Siri. Sometimes it’s disabled, and it won’t respond to your commands.
Turn on the flashlight from the control center
This might not work 100% on some of the older iPad, and older iOS doesn’t support this, but if you have a back-facing camera flash, you can still use Siri.
It’s pretty simple. Just follow my guide:
- Unlock your iPad
- Swipe down from the right corner of your device
- The Control center will appear
- Press on the flashlights icon
and vice versa if you want to turn it off
Do all iPads have a flashlight?
No, older-generation iPads don’t have a flashlight. All iPad Pros have LED flash right next to the rear camera. Older iOS haven’t added the feature to turn on the flashlight so you will have to update your device or you will have to ask Siri.
Why don’t all iPads have a flashlight?
There’s no official statement from Apple about why don’t all iPads have a flashlight. We can make an educated guess on that. It makes sense that iPhones have a flashlight. It’s very convenient and useful, but when it comes to iPads it’s not that convenient. If you are going into a dark place, it’s easy to pull out a phone, but a bit more difficult to pull an iPad out of your backpack.
Apple creates useful products, and they want to add features that only make sense I understand why they didn’t add flashlights.
I personally have never used the flashlight on my iPad, but I’ve used a flashlight on my iPhone many times, and it’s convenient.
Each feature, and each product needs to serve a purpose, and some of the engineers couldn’t find a reason why would anyone need a flash on an iPad besides pictures.
That’s at least my guess.
I like that under each feature there’s a reason, if we don’t have a reason then we will end up with hundreds of features no one is using, which makes the device full of things you don’t use, which can get overwhelming.
I believe that’s why Apple removed the headphone jack from their iPads. It didn’t fit their agenda. They were making wireless headphones/earbuds, and by leaving the headphone jack they would give an advantage to their competitors.
My point is that Apple has a reason behind everything, it’s not random. I believe that’s a great approach to business and life, they know why people are buying iPads and they know that their main audience doesn’t care about the flashlight on the iPad, Touch ID, Face ID, or other features, they are nice to have, but they are not the reason why people buy iPads.
I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.