Advice Apple life hack

How to Make Your iPhone LED Light Flash to Alert You of Incoming Messages

While drinking beer and basically making nuisances of ourselves the other night I noticed my friend’s phone LED would flash each time he got a text, call or email.

At first it looked like he had attached some 3rd party aftermarket bling to his phone. But it was not so.

If you’re familiar with the LED light on the iPhone 4 and 4S, then you know how retina-meltingly bright this thing can be. It was this light that I saw flashing. And it really got my attention.

If I were deaf,  this could be good! If the phone was out of earshot…or if I had the Bouncing Souls cranked up in my headphones, this could be handy too. So…I wanted the flashy thing. Basically you’re making the camera flash go off each time the phone has an alert. No bling. No money required.

Hold onto your seat because this takes a whopping 30 seconds to accomplish. (if that long).

Here is the  procedure for getting your iPhone LED to flash for incoming calls, text or email:

Settings—-> General —–> Accessibility  —–> LED Flash for Alerts (slide to ON). That’s it.

So now you can SEE when your phone needs your attention. I don’t know about you but HEARING other people’s phones go off…especially custom ringtones make me want to kill myself. But for the light flashy thing to go off…that’s sort of cool. Though, you might want to stow that flashy crap when you’re in the movie theater.

I got a couple of questions about the Featured Image I chose for this post. That’s a photo I took of my iPhone 4S with my iPhone 4. This photo has NOT been retouched. The lens flares just showed up that way…even colored that way. You may recognize the MOPHIE case, which is why you see that rim around the flash. Sometimes good photos just happen!

Have you found other “native” things you can do to make your iPhone more useful? I’d love to hear about it. Shoot me your tips!


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