How to Use Both White and Amber LEDs with the Flashlight

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Thanks to ARX8X on reddit.

So this is how it works:

  • turn on flash (from CC)
  • go to camera app
  • swipe to video
  • turn flash on
  • press home button
You can cover the white LED with a fingertip to confirm that the amber LED is on. I'm still temporarily blinded as I type this.
 

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I'm going to wait until someone posts a confirmed way to disable it. I don't down crawl into holes that don't have an exit point.
 

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Apparently, there's no easy way (except a restore or possibly resetting all settings) to get it to go back to the normal brightness after you do this. I don't want mine to be blindingly bright all the time.
 

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Apparently, there's no easy way (except a restore or possibly resetting all settings) to get it to go back to the normal brightness after you do this. I don't want mine to be blindingly bright all the time.
I noticed there were two two LEDs but I never realized only one came on in flashlight mode. I followed the steps in the OP and I can't really tell the difference from before. I can cover the white led and see that the amber one is on.

After testing several times, The amber LED seems brighter when turned on in video mode in the camera app than it does when using flashlight mode.

Then again, maybe I'm seeing things and only think the amber LED is coming on now when I turn on the flashlight. If it makes any difference, I am still using a 5s. Any word if this is particular to the 6/6s? Maybe by this time tomorrow I'll quit seeing spots. :)
 

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I noticed there were two two LEDs but I never realized only one came on in flashlight mode. I followed the steps in the OP and I can't really tell the difference from before. I can cover the white led and see that the amber one is on.

After testing several times, The amber LED seems brighter when turned on in video mode in the camera app than it does when using flashlight mode.

Then again, maybe I'm seeing things and only think the amber LED is coming on now when I turn on the flashlight. If it makes any difference, I am still using a 5s. Any word if this is particular to the 6/6s? Maybe by this time tomorrow I'll quit seeing spots. :)
It's confirmed working on the 5s on 8.4. Try covering the top half of the flash with your finger.

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Try covering the top half of the flash with your finger.
Yeah, I saw that in the OP. And like I said, I can cover the white led and see that the amber one is on. I was just unsure if it stayed turned on after toggling it on and off between flashlight and video. After several tests my I wasn't sure I could trust my eyes anymore. O_o :D
 
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Yeah, I saw that in the OP. And like I said, I can cover the white led and see that the amber one is on. I was just unsure if it stayed turned on after toggling it on and off between flashlight and video. After several tests my I wasn't sure I could trust my eyes anymore. O_o :D
Yeah. The light receptors on my retinas were spazzing out and trying to head for the hills.
 

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Yeah, I saw that in the OP. And like I said, I can cover the white led and see that the amber one is on. I was just unsure if it stayed turned on after toggling it on and off between flashlight and video. After several tests my I wasn't sure I could trust my eyes anymore. O_o :D
Oops, sorry about that. I didn't read your post closely enough.
 

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The downsides to using both white and Amber LEDs would be more battery drain and having to disable both lights. The upside is that you would have more light when you need it. I think a better alternative would be to use a stronger/brighter flashlight app like Flashlight or Flashlight XS, and iHandy.
 

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Or...buy a flashlight?
You never use the iPhone as a light? I'm surprised I have to state the obvious here, but people use the phone as a light when they don't have a flashlight nearby or because don't want to carry one at all times.
 

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Nope! Never have. But one of my hobbies is flashlight collecting. I have around 12 high end li-ion flashlights. The smallest is slightly bigger than a AA battery that can light up my backyard, to a search and rescue one slightly bigger than an aerosol spray paint can, which has a throw of 3/4 of a kilometre.
And yes, one of the smaller ones I carry all the time.
To be honest, I would need to look right now HOW to turn on the phone light.
 

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Nope! Never have. But one of my hobbies is flashlight collecting. I have around 12 high end li-ion flashlights. The smallest is slightly bigger than a AA battery that can light up my backyard, to a search and rescue one slightly bigger than an aerosol spray paint can, which has a throw of 3/4 of a kilometre.
And yes, one of the smaller ones I carry all the time.
To be honest, I would need to look right now HOW to turn on the phone light.
I have severa flashlights, but still end up using the phone as a light more often than I use them. It's usually for quick things when it's more convenient than getting a flashlight. You just pull up Control Center and it's the toggle on the lower left. You don't even need to unlock the phone.
 

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I actually had to look to remember how to turn it on, after my post. I found it