In addition to sounds, vibrations, banners and alerts, there is yet another way to ensure you get notified when you miss an important call or text. There are times when sound or standard alerts are just not sufficient enough. Luckily, there are options. One of the hidden features in iOS is the capability to use the camera flash on your iPhone as an alert. If you turn on LED flash notifications, you’ll be notified by the flash on your iPhones camera continuously blinking. While auditory alerts aren’t enough, visual alerts are great options.
How to turn on LED flash notification on iPhone
One would initially think that the setting for this feature would be in Notifications Center, but surprisingly, it is not. In iOS 7, this feature is in the ‘Accessibility’ settings, which makes sense. The primary function was intended for those who are hearing impaired. Here’s how to active it:
- Open Settings
- Tap on General > Accessibility
- Scroll down and toggle LED Flash for Alerts to ‘On‘. As a reminder, green is on, as shown in the screenshot below.
For some, enabling LED flash notifications makes plenty of sense. If you work in a loud environment or out with friends in a club where it’s impossible to hear your iPhone, a blinking alert is sure-fire way to make sure you never miss an important alert. Enabling LED flash notifications can have an impact on battery life. If you notice a significant drop in battery life after enabling this feature, you might want to revisit when these types of alerts make the most sense. They are easy enough to toggle on/off, so don’t feel as if you are married to them 24/7. Use them at times when visual alerts are best. A mix of flashing LED alerts in combination with setting banners and alert messages will help you build the perfect notification system on your iPhone.