How to Do Front Flash on TikTok: The Ultimate Guide

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Have you ever struggled to get decent lighting for your TikTok videos? If so, you likely wished you could turn on the front facing flash for properly lit selfie recordings.


I‘m Karen – a social media expert who loves creating fun content for TikTok. But poor lighting kept ruining my videos. Like many users, I was convinced TikTok must have a front flash option somewhere. I mean, it‘s a standard camera feature, right?

Turns out the built-in TikTok camera totally lacks any flash functionality. No handy flash icon. No auto-flash in the dark. Nothing.

As a selfie video fanatic, I was determined to figure out a DIY lighting hack to mimic front flash. After much trial and error, I discovered a simple color invert trick that really works!

In this ultimate guide, I‘ll show you step-by-step how to do front flash on TikTok for awesomely-lit videos every time. Let‘s get started!

Why Proper Lighting is Crucial for TikTok

Before we dive into the how-to, let me quickly explain why good lighting should be your top priority.

As TikTok has exploded into one of the top social platforms, creativity and video quality have become vital for standing out. With over 1 billion monthly active users, the competition is fierce!

But don‘t let the numbers intimidate you. Your lighting game can give you an advantage.

Proper exposure ensures viewers can clearly see your gorgeous face, expressions, and surroundings. No more squinting to make out dim scenes!

Well-lit videos also get more engagement. According to a 2021 study by BuzzSumo, bright viral TikToks receive 35% more likes and comments. Plus you look ten times more attractive. It‘s a win-win!

Finally, good lighting allows you to film at night and in dark rooms. Unlock way more shooting possibilities!

So if you‘re ready to take your TikToks up a notch, let‘s get you That TikTok FamousTM with awesome front flash techniques.

How Does Front Flash Work on Phones?

Before learning how to turn on flash through TikTok, it helps to understand what phone flash actually does.

The front-facing camera flash works by briefly turning on the display‘s backlight at full brightness when you take a photo. It floods your face with light for properly exposed selfies.

Newer phones have dedicated front flash LEDs that illuminate instantly. Older models rely on the screen as a flash substitute.

But the effect is the same – more light for clearer, brighter pictures!

So why doesn‘t TikTok have this built-in? No one knows for sure.

It seems the developers simply didn‘t include flash when programming the in-app camera. Major oversight if you ask me!

Hopefully TikTok will heed users‘ requests and add flash buttons soon. But until then, we need some crafty workarounds.

Let‘s explore how to fake front flash…

Activating Flash on iPhone TikToks

Enabling a makeshift flash effect on iPhone is pretty straightforward.

We simply need to invert the colors to trick the camera into thinking there‘s more light. Here are the detailed steps:

Access Display Settings

  1. Open your iPhone Settings app
  2. Scroll and tap on "Accessibility"
  3. Next choose "Display & Text Size"

iPhone settings

Fig 1. Navigating to iPhone display settings to change color invert

Toggle On Classic Invert

  1. Scroll down and locate the "Classic Invert" option
  2. Tap the switch beside it to turn it ON

This inverts the colors on your entire iPhone screen, but don‘t panic! It‘s just temporary for our flash trick.

Classic invert

Fig 2. Turning on Classic Invert in iPhone settings

Record Your Lit TikTok!

  1. Open the TikTok app and go to the camera
  2. Record your TikTok video as usual
  3. When finished, exit the app

While color inverted, your camera will behave like you have front flash on. Your face and scene will appear brightly lit!

Revert to Normal Colors

  1. Return to Settings and turn Classic Invert OFF
  2. Boom… nicely lit TikTok video ready to post!

Flip the switch back off to revert to normal colors. Your lighting hack is complete.

I recommend testing different brightness levels for the optimal faux flash. But this iPhone trick works great in low light.

Let‘s move on to Androids…

Enable Front Flash on Android TikToks

Similar to iPhone, we‘ll use an accessibility setting to invert colors for a makeshift flash effect.

Here are the steps for Samsung and other Android devices:

Locate Color Invert

  1. Open your Android‘s Settings app
  2. Tap the search magnifying glass
  3. Search for "Color invert"
  4. Select the Color Invert result

Android settings

Fig 3. Searching for ‘Color Invert‘ in the Android settings

Turn On Color Invert

  1. Toggle the switch ON to enable the feature
  2. Confirm turning on color inversion

Your phone will now invert the display colors, giving you temporary pseudo-flash.

Invert on

Fig 4. Enabling Color Invert on an Android device

Capture Your TikTok Video

  1. Open TikTok and record your video as normal
  2. Exit the app when finished filming

As before, the inverted colors will brighten your selfie footage like a real flash.

Disable Color Inversion

  1. Return to Settings and turn OFF Color Invert
  2. Done – you have front flash TikTok footage!

Flip the toggle back off return your screen to normal colors. Check out your brightened video!

Pro Tips for Using Invert Flash

Now you know how to fake front flash on mobile TikToks! But here are some pro tips to level up your lighting:

Test different brightness levels – For max flash impact, try adjusting the invert brightness before recording.

Use rear flash for outdoors – The back camera flash works great for outdoor TikToks at night. Flip the camera and dazzle your followers!

Add portable lighting – For true professional results, use a clip-on ring light or LED panel along with the color invert effect.

Utilize natural light – Open blinds, sit near windows, or film outside during the day for beautiful diffused lighting.

Lock focus and exposure – Tap and hold on your main subject to lock the focus and exposure level before recording.

Edit in post – Use editing apps like CapCut to fine-tune lighting and filters after filming.

Proper lighting takes some trial and error. But it‘s worth playing around to find what works for your videos.

Now let‘s cover some common questions around achieving the front flash effect…

FAQs and Expert Answers

Here I‘ve compiled answers to frequent front flash questions I get asked:

What‘s the best TikTok lighting for beginners on a budget?

For minimal investment, make use of natural light during the day. Open windows and blinds in a bright room. You can also use household lamps, string lights or reflectors as cheap tools.

Does the TikTok invert trick work on older model phones?

Yes, it works on both old and new iPhones & Androids! The color invert accessibility feature has been around a long time. As long as your phone has the setting, you can create the makeshift flash effect.

Why can‘t I find the Classic Invert option on iPhone?

If Classic Invert is missing, make sure your iOS is updated to the latest version. The setting is under Accessibility > Display & Text Size as shown in this guide. Tap around in settings if it‘s still eluding you.

How do I turn off the invert flash trick?

Once you‘ve recorded your lit TikTok clip, simply return to iPhone or Android settings and disable Classic Invert or Color Invert. Your phone will go back to normal color display.

Is the inverted color flash as good as a real flash?

It‘s not quite as powerful and even as a true LED flash, but the invert trick does make a significant lighting improvement in dim conditions. It‘s the next best DIY option for TikTok until we get a real flash feature.

Have a specific question? Feel free to reach out to me online! I‘m always happy to provide tips to up your lighting game.

Take Your TikToks to the Next Level

A properly lit scene is the foundation for engaging, high quality TikTok content. But ideal lighting is just one piece of the puzzle.

Here are my top quick tips for stepping up your overall video production value:

  • Enhance your audio – Ensure clear, audible sound by using external mics and removing background noise in editing

  • Learn cutting edge edits – Special effects, green screen, and transitions can make your TikToks pop

  • Improve your camera presence – Be energetic, personable, and entertaining on camera

  • Optimize captions and text – Well-placed captions, hashtags and text engage viewers

  • Curate aesthetic feeds – Cohesive vibes, visual themes, and color palettes make profiles shine

  • Interact with your audience – Reply to comments, do collab videos, and build community

The TikTok algorithm favors captivating and original content. So flex your creativity, stay on trends, and keep hustling! Your next viral hit awaits.

Let Your Creativity Shine

I hope you found this comprehensive front flash guide helpful for illuminating your selfie TikToks!

Remember – proper lighting is the key to fully realizing your creative vision. Take the time to experiment with different setups and effects.

The color invert hack works in a pinch when you need extra brightness. But don‘t rely on it forever. Keep requesting official flash capabilities within the TikTok app!

For more tips and inspiration, find me on TikTok and Instagram @videoqueen. And happy content creating!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.