SOLVED: Samsung S3 Android 4.3 Camera Flashes on New Email or Phone Calls

If you have upgraded your Android device (in my case a Samsung S3) to Android 4.3 you likely have found that the camera flash goes off randomly.  Well, it is not so random after all; I found that on the 4 Galaxy S3’s that I experienced this problem, the camera would flash on inbound phone calls and emails.  This got me to thinking about notifications… ya, its not there.  However it IS under ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS.  This makes sense, if you are near blind or deaf or … having a flash go off when the phone rings might be very useful.

Oddly, in all of my 4 cases the FLASH NOTIFICATION setting was turned OFF, so I clicked it on and then immediately clicked it off and BINGO, the problem was solved.  I did not even have to reboot.

FIX:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your device to bring up the status windowandroid-4-3-camera-flash-accessibility
  2. Click the round cog near the top right corner of the screen
  3. Click the MY DEVICE button at the top right corner of the screen
    1. Scroll to the very bottom of this list
  4. Click ACCESSIBILITY (in the middle of the screen on my Samsung Galaxy S3)
    1. Scroll to the very bottom of this listandroid-4-3-camera-flash-notification
  5. Click FLASH NOTIFICATION so that it has a check mark  (i.e. turn it on… .ie. the opposite of what you would expect)
  6. Click FLASH NOTIFICATION so that it does NOT have a check mark (i.e. turn if off… i.e. what you expect)
  7. Have a nice day

 

Comments

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    jj August 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Mu 4.3 version does not seem to have the
    “flash notifications” at all. anyone can help me? thanks!

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews August 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Do you have an S3 or a different handset?

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      nano June 3, 2015 at 8:02 am

      me too i have S3 but i dont have ‘flash notifications’ as option in ACCESSIBILITY list

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    George July 23, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Thank you. I, like a few other good folk, was getting a little paranoid about this, lol. When I followed your directions and got to the final screen I found that my Notification setting for the flash had the check box on. I turned it off (removed the check) and hopefully that will take care of it. I never would have found this one… Thanks again!

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    George July 23, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Thank you. I, like a few other good folk, was getting a little paranoid about this, lol. When I followed your directions and got to thd final screen I found that my Notification setting for the flash had the check box on. I turned it off (removed the check) and hopefully that will take care of it. I never would have found this one… Thanks again!

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    josh barnes July 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    i have 4.3 jelly bean on my gs3 but the flash notification option doesn’t even pop up.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews July 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Can you explain what you mean by POP UP?

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