The flashlight is a very useful tool for many things. Having a light source can help us on many occasions in life. As technology advances by leaps and bounds, it is normal that something so simple can be available on our Smartphone. This is not something new, since since the times when mobile phones were small black and white screens, they had a small light bulb on top that we could light to illuminate the darkest places.
Although it sounds like a joke, the first smartphones did not have this tool, but after a while and some memes mocking about it, applications were developed that made it possible to use camera flashes as flashlights. This changed with the appearances of the iPhone 5 and the operating system Android 4.3 (Jellybean), which made the two giants of smart mobile telephony include this functionality in their Smartphone.
In this guide we will show you how easily activate the flashlight of your iPhone or Android mobile and we will present you with a list of the best applications to turn your cell phone camera flash into a perfect flashlight.
Steps to activate and turn on the flashlight app on my cell phone
Activating the flashlight is a extremely easy process, as easy as turn on Wi-Fi or mobile data, so it won’t take more than a few minutes.
Open in Android
Some mobiles with Android 4.3 system can easily turn on the flashlight without downloading any other app. This can be done in two ways, which will depend fundamentally on the brand and model of terminal you have.
At Samsung: All Samsung devices starting with the Galaxy S3 can use the flashlight without downloading anything. For this it is necessary to enter the applications menu. At the top of it is the section “Widgets”Or”Notifications menu“, where you can see a series of shortcuts to many mobile functions.
You should look for the one that says “Lantern“Which is accompanied by light bulb or bulb icon. Once you have located it, you can move it to your home screen and when you want to use it, you simply have to touch it to turn your camera’s LED flash on or off according to the case.
In BQ: This brand of mid / high range phones allows you to use this feature on your quick settings menu, although not all can since many of their mobiles do not have flash. But those who have, can use the flashlight. For it you must scroll from top to bottom and in the menu that is displayed you will see the happy functionality.
On other devices: If your mobile does not have this function in its widgets or quick settings menus, you can activate the flashlight downloading one of the many applications developed for it. This can be done by entering the Google Play Store, where just by writing the word “Lantern”In the search bar, you will see a series of apps that will turn your camera’s flash into a useful lamp.
*Note: Below we present a list of the best apps in this regard.
Activate on iOS
IOS mobiles have the flashlight application included from the output of the iPhone 5 onwards. Which means that you can use this function without downloading anything on any device equivalent to this or higher, which also applies to iPad and even some iPop. The process is extremely simple.
What you should do is drag your finger across the mobile screen from bottom to top, which will bring up the control center. Once there, you should look for the icon with a light bulb or spotlight, which will allow you to turn the camera flash on and off just by touching it.
Is it possible to activate it with movement of the mobile? Yes with MacroDroid
It is possible that you can have a flashlight that turns on and off when moving the mobile even when it is unlocked. For this it is necessary that download an app called MacroDroid, which allows you to establish various automated tasks. This is one Premium app, but it has a free version which has everything you need to create your own flashlight.
What you should do is go to the Play Store or App Store, for Android or iOS respectively, and look for the application mentioned above. Once located, you download it and wait for it to install automatically. At the end of the latter, you enter it to and select the option “Add Macro”, With which you can begin to configure your personalized flashlight.
When you start to configure your “Macro“Search the list of options and select”Shake Device“Which allows you to establish tasks related to the motion sensor of your Smartphone. With this you will have defined the trigger to activate the task, now what you should do is select the option “Torch Light On / Off”, This will open a window with three options and you will select the last one “Light Toggle”Which indicates that this option can turn the flashlight on or off as the case may be.
Finally you just have to name the task that you have personalized and everything will be done. This powerful application not only allows you to create a flashlight that turns on when you move your mobile, but also one that works with any of its buttons. Although it should be noted that in with the “free” version you can only create a certain number of “Macros” or automated tasks.
Best flashlight apps for Android and iPhone
In case you want a flashlight with extra functions, there are applications developed for this purpose, so that you have much more than a little light. These are available for Android or iOS and you can download them from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Most are free, take up very little space on your device, and are really useful. Here is a list of the best ones we have tested and how to use each of them.
This app is available for any device and weighs less than 5MB. With it you will have much more than a simple flashlight. You can set it to flash on a level from zero to nine, the higher the level, the faster it will flash. You do this by stepping into it and placing your finger on the top of the flashlight and dragging it to the right to increase the intensity, or to the left to decrease it.
It is an excellent tool for sending signalss. If you get lost in a natural park, forest or hill, with it you can be seen hundreds of meters away and the intermittence of the light will indicate to whoever looks at it that someone needs help. You can also use it to have fun with your friends and turn any room into an entertaining dance floor.
One of the best known applications of its kind. This application perfectly fulfills its objective and is very easy to use. We simply install it from the Play Store or Apple Store, We open it and activate it by touching the switch to get a powerful LED light flashlight sponsored by the mobile camera flash. Not for nothing has it been downloaded more than two million times in the Google digital store.
LED Flashlight + Clock
Another of the most downloaded applications of its kind. The operation is basically the same as the previous application, but this one has the extra of a clock that we can use as an alarm. Available for Android and iOS in the stores corresponding to each operating system, although it is better known in the first than in the second.
Power Button Flashlight
This is a more complex application than the ones we have explained so far, which makes it much more practical and useful, despite the fact that to start using it it will be necessary to configure some aspects. But do not worry, we will explain them all below.
The first thing you should do is, of course, install it. Once this is done, you can turn on the flashlight just by pressing the power button three times in less than three seconds, this is something that is configured like this by default. However, you can modify this aspect and make the flashlight turn on using any of the volume up or down buttons without entering the application settings.
To do this you must open the app. You will see an interface in which two switches will be shown, one to activate the flashlight with the power button on the terminal, and another to do it using the volume up or down buttons. The first is active by default, but to activate the second we must give the application permissions.
Make touch on the switch and automatically the app It will direct you to the assistant where you can give it the necessary permissions. Once this is done you can turn the flashlight on and off by initiating a volume up-volume down-volume up sequence.
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