The iOS accessibility menu is home to more goodies than most users realize. It’s actually where many potential power features, like iOS 5’s ability to mimic Command + Tab functionality on the iPad and create custom vibrations for contacts on the iPhone, are hidden. Today’s tip is one I saw on Airbag about the iPhone’s LED flash alerts (via TBR), and it’s one of the most straightforward accessibility settings I’ve seen thus far (you just turn it on). If you’ve always found iOS lock screen alerts a little too public, but still want a visual notification, this trick may well be for you.
I tried turning the flash alerts on yesterday evening, but I found them a little too blinding with the phone face down on the table. The Airbag post notes that the flash isn’t firing at full force, but it’s still enough to make me see stars when viewed at an angle. The nice thing is that it only activates when your iPhone is locked, so you won’t be obnoxiously blasting people with light while you’re actively texting someone.