How to Use Flashlight on Your iPad Pro in iOS 11

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 19 Sep 2017

iOS 11 iPad Flashlight Featured

The iPad Pros have had an LED flash for a year now. In fact, every single iPad Pro on the market has a LED Flash. But iOS hasn’t added support for the flashlight feature for iPads. That changes with iOS 11.

Is It Supported for your iPad?

This feature only works on iPads running iOS 11, and the iPads that have a LED flash. Here are the supported iPads: iPad Pro 9.7 inch, iPad Pro 10.5 inch, iPad Pro 12.9 inch (both generations).

The old iPads (including iPad Air and iPad Air 2) or the iPad mini don’t have an LED flash and don’t support this feature.

Read more: How to Customize iOS 11 Control Center

How to Get to Flashlight Toggle on iPad

Step 1: When you’re on the Home screen, or in an app, you’ll now need to swipe from the bottom edge, all the way to the middle of the screen to bring up the new App Switcher. This is where you’ll find the new Control Center, tucked to the right edge of the screen.

iOS 11 Enabling App Switcher

Step 2: Find the Flashlight button (highlighted in the screenshot below) and tap on it. You’ll see the button animate and the color of the button will change. The little switch in the Flashlight icon will flick. It’s a nice little detail.

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Step 3: You’ve been able to control the intensity of the flashlight on the iPhone using 3D Touch. Now you can do the same on the iPad. Tap and hold on the Flashlight control and you’ll see a slider with four sections. Swipe up or down on it to increase or decrease the intensity of the flashlight.

iOS 11 Flashlight iPad 4

Step 4: To turn off the flashlight, just tap again in the flashlight control in the new Control Center.

This works on the Lock screen as well. Though, you don’t need to swipe quite so high here.

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Can’t Find the Flashlight Toggle in the Control Center?

iOS 11’s Control Center is customizable and Flashlight is one of the controls that you can remove and move around. If you can’t find it in the Control Center, it’s possible someone might have disabled it.

Step 1: Open Settings app and go to Control Center -> Customize Controls.

iOS 11 Flashlight iPad 1

Step 2: Here, find the Flashlight control from the Available section and tap on the Plus button next to it to add it back to the Control Center.

Do You Like the New Control Center?

What do you think of the new Control Center in iOS 11? Usability wise, I think it’s an improvement. It also doesn’t look as comical as the iOS 10 Control Center did on the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.