Flashlight not working on your iPad Pro? 9 things to try

Having trouble turning on your iPad Pro’s flashlight? Whether it’s the flashlight that’s grayed out or missing inside the Control Center, or the LED that refuses to light, it’s best to get the problem resolved ASAP.

Various reasons—such as conflicting software and settings—can lead to the flashlight not working on your iPad Pro. Work your way through the fixes below to get it working properly again.

The first set of fixes is geared towards addressing specific issues related to the flashlight on iPad Pro. The remaining solutions give recommendations that apply to all problems in general.

1. Quit or Force Quit the Camera app

If the Flashlight option appears grayed out in the iPad Pro’s Control Center, it’s most likely because the Camera app is active. By design, iPadOS prevents you from turning on the flashlight while using the Camera app so it can reserve the LED for the flash to take pictures. So quit the Camera app and open Control Center again.

If the Flashlight toggle is still grayed out, you must exit the Camera app. To do that, turn on the App Switcher (swipe up from the bottom of the screen) and swipe up Camera to close the application. Also, you should ignore other apps that use the camera.

Force quit the camera app

2. Add Flashlight to Control Center

If the Flashlight control is missing from your iPad Pro’s Control Center, you (or someone else with access to your tablet) may have accidentally removed it.

To re-add the toggle flashlight, open Setting application and select Control Center on the sidebar. Then scroll down More control section and press add next to Flashlight. You can then adjust its position in the Control Center by dragging the control up or down the list.

"add" next to Flashlight

3. Adjust Haptic touch duration

If activating the flashlight via the iPad Pro’s Lock Screen appears to be tapping or sliding, increasing Haptic Touch sensitivity can help.

To do that, open the Settings app and go to Accessibility > Touch > Haptic Touch. Then switch the sensitivity from Slow arrive Fast.

Haptic Touch switches to Fast

4. Adjust flashlight brightness

If your iPad Pro’s flashlight brightness seems weak, you can always try adjusting its intensity. To do that, open Control Center and press and hold or 3D Flashlight control. Then, touch and drag the slider up to increase the brightness.

Brightness slider

5. Restart your iPad Pro

If the flashlight continues to not work correctly, you must restart your iPad Pro. It is the best way to fix any software related errors that prevent the function from working correctly.

On any iPad Pro model, open the Settings app and tap Shared > Turn off. Then drag the slider to the right to turn off the device. Wait for 30 seconds before pressing and holding Top to restart it.

Slide to power off screen

6. Force restart your iPad Pro

Force restarting your iPad Pro is another way to get the glitched flashlight working properly again.

Press and release Volume up and Turn down the volume fast node to node. Then press and hold Top until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Apple logo

Assuming you use an iPad Pro with Touch ID, press and hold both Top and Home buttons at the same time. Release when you see the Apple logo.

7. Update your iPad Pro

A malfunctioning flashlight can simply be the result of faulty system software. For example, running a major version of iPadOS that is outdated or released early (e.g. iPadOS 15.0.0) often creates problems.

To install the latest iOS updates, open the Settings app and go to Shared > Software Update. Then tap Download and install.

Software update button

8. Restore iPad Pro’s Settings

iPad Pro contains many hidden settings that create conflicts and prevent various features — such as the flashlight — from working properly. Apple knows that, which is why iPadOS comes with an option that allows you to reset all settings to their defaults. You won’t lose data on your device, but you’ll have to manually reconnect to Wi-Fi afterwards.

To reset settings on your iPad Pro, open Setting app and go to Shared > Transfer or Reset iPad > Reset. Then tap Reset all settings > Reset.

Reset confirm all settings

9. Factory Reset Your iPad Pro

If the flashlight on your iPhone continues to give you problems, factory resetting your iPhone can help solve the problem.

Since you will lose all the data on your device, you must start by backing up your iPhone to iCloud or a computer. Then, open the Settings app and go to Shared > Transfer or Reset iPad > Erase all content and settings to reset your iPhone. You can recover data after the reset procedure.

Erase this iPad screen

For comprehensive step-by-step instructions, check out our guide to factory reset iPad.

Bad luck? Take it to Apple

If your iPad Pro’s flashlight problem persists, you may have a hardware-specific problem. Your best option then is to take the device to the nearest Apple Store. If you prefer, you can try reinstalling the iPad’s firmware in DFU Mode before doing so.

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