Most of the more recent iPhone models have included a feature where the camera flash on the back of the device can go off when you get a notification.
This is meant to be a way for hearing-impaired individuals to know that they have a notification, but it is a setting that many non-hearing-impaired people might find useful as well.
But if you have turned this setting on and found that it is problematic, especially in dark environments, then you may want to stop those light flashes from occurring.
You can turn off the iPhone camera flash for alerts by going to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > then tapping the button to the right of LED Flash for Alerts to disable it.
While you may have already gone through the Notifications menu on your iPhone and customized all of the settings for your apps, this LED flash setting on the Accessibility menu is something that will go off for any app where you have alerts enabled.
Our guide below will provide you with more information on how to stop the alert flash notification on the iPhone, as well as how you can customize it if you only want it to happen for some of your apps.
How to Disable Light Notification on the iPhone 13
- Open Settings.
- Choose Accessibility.
- Select Audio/Visual.
- Tap LED Flash for Alerts to turn it off.
Our guide continues below with more information on customizing the camera flash alert setting on your iPhone.
How to Stop the LED Flash for Alerts on an iPhone 13 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.3.1 operating system but will work on other iPhone 13 models like the Mini, Pro, and Pro Max, as well as most other iPhone models and iOS versions.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Accessibility option.
Step 3: Touch the Audio/Visual option in the Hearing group on this menu.
Step 4: Tap the LED Flash for Alerts button at the bottom of the screen to turn it off.
I have turned off my iPhone 13 flash notification in the picture below.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about the iPhone 13 camera flash settings.
More Information on How to Stop the iPhone 13 Flash Notifications
Once you have turned off this setting your iPhone will no longer blink the camera flash on the back of the device when you get notifications from apps like Phone, Messages, Mail, or anything else where you have alerts enabled.
If you find that you actually liked having this setting turned on then you can always return to this menu in the future and turn it back on. The method for how to turn on or turn off the flash notifications for the iPhone 13, Pro, Pro Max, and Mini are essentially the same.
Note that turning off the flash notification won’t prevent other apps from using the camera flash. Even when you have disabled the iPhone notification flash you will still be able to use the flash in the Camera app, or turn on the flashlight.
If you haven’t used the iPhone flashlight before, which also makes use of the camera flash light, then you can do so by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center, then tap the flashlight icon.
If you want to keep the flash for notifications setting enabled, but you don’t want it to go off for all of the apps that it currently does, then you can go to Settings > Notifications and adjust the settings for the app that you need to change.
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