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How to use your Apple Watch as a flashlight

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When you’re in a bind and see a quick burst of light, your Apple Watch can be a reliable tool to act as a makeshift flashlight. Better yet, depending on your situation, there are multiple ways to use the smartwatch’s flashlight feature — and all it takes is a quick swipe and a tap. 

Whether you have the latest Apple Watch Series 7 or sporting the Apple Watch SE, here’s how to use your Apple Watch as a flashlight.

How to use the flashlight on Apple Watch

Apple has made it easy to turn your Apple Watch into a flashlight on your wrist, and there are three modes to choose from. This includes a steady white light, flashing white light, or steady red light. The Apple Watch uses its display as a makeshift flashlight, and while it might not be as bright as your iPhone’s, it can still be handy if you need to brighten your surroundings.

Below you’ll find a quick guide to turning your Apple Watch’s flashlight feature on and off. 

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  • On your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Panel. 
  • Once open, scroll down and tap on the flashlight icon
  • You will see three flashlight options to choose. Swipe left or right to the one you want. 

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  • You will see a dimmed version of the flashlight mode with your local time in the corner. To activate the flashlight, turn your wrist away from you
  • To turn it off, either press the Digital Crown or side button, or swipe down to dismiss the flashlight. 
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