The flashlight feature on your Android device is very useful. It has helped you find your keys in dark areas and guided you through your home during a blackout. Even though there are various ways to turn it on, you’re probably using just one.
With the help of third-party apps, you can turn on the flashlight by either shaking it, by pressing the power button or by using the volume keys. These methods could be a lot more comfortable than the method you’re currently using. Let’s check them out.
How to Enable the Flashlight from Your Phone
If you swipe down from the top of your display twice, you’ll see the quick settings menu. One of the options will be the flashlight, but if you want to be able to turn in on by swiping down only once you’ll need to move the icon to the first row (Note that some of the older phones come with a dedicated Flashlight app that you can open to turn on the flashlight).
To edit the menu, either swipe down twice or tap on the arrow pointing down next to the cog wheel. Tap on the “Edit” option and drag the flashlight icon to the first row. Select “Done” to confirm your changes.
Turn on the Flashlight with the Volume Buttons
To turn on the flashlight on any Android device with the volume buttons, you’re going to need to install Torchie – Volume Button Torch. The app will take up 4MB of your phone’s storage and it doesn’t bombard you with any ads.
For the app to work in the background, you will need to grant “Accessibility Service” permission to it.
You can even enable the flashlight from your lock screen, but you will need to go into the app’s settings to allow that. To access Settings, just open the app and tap on the three vertical dots on the top right of your display.
Shake the Flashlight On
If you’re having problems with your phone’s buttons, instead of pushing the volume buttons, you can shake your phone to turn on the flashlight.
To make this happen, you’ll need to install an app called Shake Flashlight. Once you’re done installing, the app is ready to be used. Just shake your phone, and the flashlight will turn on. You can turn on the flashlight even if the screen of your Android device is off.
If you feel that you have to shake your phone too hard, you can change the sensitivity in the app’s settings. Tap on the three vertical dots on the top right corner and tap on “Shake Sensitivity”. The app will warn you that if you set the sensitivity too high, the flashlight could turn on accidentally.
Use a Widget to Turn on the Flashlight
Last, but not least, you can use the Flashlight Widget app to get some light. The widget will not appear on its own, so you’ll need to long-press on a space in the Home screen where you want to widget to go.
Tap on the Widgets option at the bottom, and the widget should be on the first page. Long-press on the widget and drag it to an empty space on your display. The app doesn’t have a Settings page, you’ll only know if the app is installed when you see the widget. No app icon will appear.
Tell Google to Turn on the Flashlight
Don’t forget about “OK Google” to turn on the flashlight. Either tap on the mic icon or say, “OK Google, turn on the Flashlight.” This is an excellent option if you already have too many apps on your phone and don’t have enough space for another one.
While the original purpose of the flashlight is to brighten up the surrounding so the camera can take better photos at night, it has evolved to become a handy and useful torchlight. Thanks to the above apps, you now have various ways to quickly turn on the flashlight when you need it. How do you turn on the flashlight on your phone? Leave a comment and let us know.