Add Flashlight to Quick Settings
On many phones, when you swipe down from the top of the screen once, the flashlight icon appears in the menu. If not, swipe down again to see all the quick launch icons, and then press the pencil icon below them.
From here, you can hold and drag the Flashlight icon to a place in the icons list where it’ll appear among your default notifications.
On some phones, such as the Galaxy series, you can even adjust the brightness of its built-in flashlight. To do this on a Galaxy phone, pull down the “Quick Settings” menu so you can see the flashlight icon, and then instead of clicking the actual icon, click the “Flashlight” text below it.
This will take you to a secret menu where you can adjust the brightness of the flashlight when it is turned on. Set up, click “Finish”, and you can start.
Tap Back of Phone to Turn Flashlight On
We’ll discuss how to turn on the flashlight by shaking later, but based on experience, this can cause the flashlight to turn on when you put the phone in your pocket. Android 11 has a feature that you can activate by tapping on the back of the phone, but this great app from XDA Developers can use the same features on older devices.
You need to enable various permissions, such as unknown sources, to install and configure it. After opening the app, there is a handy tutorial that will tell you what permissions you need to grant.
After completing this operation, in the Tap menu, Main Tap, click “Double Tap Actions” or “Triple Tap Actions” (depending on how you want to turn on the flashlight).
On the next screen, tap “Add Action -> Utilities -> Flashlight,” then “Allow.”
Once you’ve created your gesture, back on the ” … Tap Actions” screen, drag it to the top so that it always works over the other default actions.
Tell Google to Turn on Flashlight
Don’t forget to turn on the flashlight with “OK Google”. Click the microphone icon or say “OK Google, turn on the flashlight” (or “OK Google, turn on the flashlight”). Instead, say “OK Google, turn off the flashlight” or “OK Google, turn off the flashlight” to turn it off. If you already have too many apps on your phone and there is not enough space for another app, then this is a good choice.
Another way is to press and hold the home button on your phone until the Google Assistant appears and then say “Turn on the flashlight.”
Most modern Android phones support gestures, which allow you to press buttons or special actions to enable and activate various functions.
The exact gestures of different device manufacturers are different, but to access them, go to “Settings> Gestures”, then find the flashlight function and turn it on.
On Motorola phones, the gesture to turn on the flashlight immediately is to shake the phone with a sharp motion. (This helps prevent accidental opening.) On OnePlus, when it’s closed, it draws a “V” on your phone screen. If you use a different phone, the exact gesture may be different, but it can be just as fast!
Turn on the Flashlight with the Volume Buttons
To use the volume buttons to immediately turn on the flashlight on any Android device, you need to install Torchie – Volume Button Torch. The app will take up 4MB of your phone’s storage space and won’t bombard you with ads.
In order for the application to run in the background, you need to grant it the “Accessibility Services” permission.
You can even enable the flashlight from the lock screen, but you need to enter the application settings to allow it. To access the settings, just open the app and tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
Shake the Flashlight On
If your phone does not have the above built-in gesture support, you can use a third-party application to complete this task.
You need to install an application called Shake Flashlight. Just shake the phone and the flashlight will turn on. Even if your Android device screen is off, you can turn on the flashlight and then shake it again to turn off the flashlight.
If you feel like you must shake the phone vigorously, you can change the sensitivity in the application settings. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and then click on “Vibration Sensitivity”. The app will warn you that if you set the sensitivity too high, the flashlight may accidentally turn on.
Use a Flashlight Widget
Last but not least, you can use Flashlight Widget app to get light. The widget will not appear on its own, so you need to press and hold the space on the home screen where you want the widget to display.
Click on the widget option at the bottom, the widget should be on the first page. Long press the widget and drag it to an empty spot on the screen. The application does not have a configuration page; only when you view the widget will you know if the application is installed. No application icon will appear.
Although the original purpose of the flashlight was to illuminate your surroundings so that the camera application can take better pictures at night, it has evolved into a practical and useful flashlight. Very good, really?