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3 Quick Methods to Turn on Your Flashlight on Android

3 Quick Methods to Turn on Your Flashlight on Android

Oh no! The room’s so dark; I can’t see a thing in front of me!

But I don’t have a flashlight with me. Can I use my phone instead to help light up the room? 

Good thing Android devices are equipped with flashlights, or else, you’ll have to bring a flashlight along wherever you go.

However, if you’re a new Android user, don’t worry about how to activate the flashlight on your device.

Just keep reading until the end of this article to find out the best and quickest methods of turning on your flashlight on Android.

 

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android

The easiest method to turn on your flashlight on Android is by pressing the “Flashlight”  button in the “Quick Toggle” menu. You can also use “Button Gestures” to turn on the flashlight. Lastly, if you want to avoid opening menus, then tell “Google Assistant” to turn on the flashlight for you.

 

Turning On Your Flashlight on Android Devices — Challenging or Not?

If you’re a new Android device user, you’ll think that turning on your flashlight on Android is a gargantuan task.

But, the Android OS is known to be user-friendly. 

With that said, you’ll be glad (or must I say, ecstatic) to know that there are 3 ways how you can turn on the flashlight on Android devices.

Just select one out of the three methods you prefer to use regularly.

Now that we’re on the topic, let’s start with the first method.

 

Method 1: Activating Android Device’s “Quick Toggle” Menu

Regardless of what Android device you’re using, you can turn on its flashlight with the “Quick Toggle” menu.

Step 1: On your Android device’s home screen, swipe your finger down starting from the screen’s top part.

You’ll then see the “Notification” area appear on the screen.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Activating the Quick Toggle Menu Step 1

Step 2: Now, slide your finger down again, still starting from the top of the screen.

You will then find the “Quick Toggle” menu.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Activating the Quick Toggle Menu Step 2

Step 3: On the “Quick Toggle” menu, tap the “Flashlight” button.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Activating the Quick Toggle Menu Step 3

You’ll know if you’ve successfully activated the “Flashlight” mode if the button turns blue from grey.

Quick and easy, right? 

But, while the first method is both the simplest and quickest method among the 3, do note that you’ll have to turn on the device to activate the flashlight.

Hence, if you’re not keen on waking up your phone each time you want to use its flashlight, then the second method is for you.

 

Method 2: Use “Button Gestures” to Turn On Flashlight on Android

As mentioned earlier, Android devices are notoriously known to have various methods of activating certain functions, which include turning on the flashlight, aka torch.

In line with that thought, you can activate flashlight mode without waking up your Android device with the help of button gestures.

But, you’ll have to activate the said feature first from the “Settings” menu.

To get started, follow these steps:

Step 1: Tap the “Settings” app on your Android device.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Using Button Gestures Step 1

Step 2: Depending on the “Android device you’re using you might have to tap on “Additional Settings” first.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Using Button Gestures Step 2

Step 3: On the “Additional Settings” page, press the “Button Shortcuts” option.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Using Button Gestures Step 3

If your Android device uses a different interface or configuration, then tap “Buttons & Gestures” instead.

Step 4: On other Android devices, you’ll have to press “Quick Gestures” first to activate the next set of options.

But, if the phone you’re using doesn’t have the “Quick Gestures” button, just select what button shortcut you want to activate.

Since we want to turn on the flashlight, then press “Turn on torch.”

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Using Button Gestures Step 4

Step 5: In the “Turn on torch” section, select what combination of actions you want to activate the flashlight.

Tap on the option you want to use for the changes to be applied. 

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Using Button Gestures Step 5

Just make sure to remember the action combination you selected so you can turn on the flashlight even with the screen off.

But, if you find the second method cumbersome for your liking, then perhaps speaking with “Google Assistant” will make the chore lighter.

 

Method 3: Telling “Google Assistant” to Turn On the Flashlight

If you’re tired of using your fingers to sift through the maze of menus just to turn on the flashlight, then use “Google Assistant” instead.

To do so, here are the steps you should remember:

Step 1: Activate “Google Assistant” on your Android device by tapping the microphone icon on the Google search bar.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Telling Google Assistant Step 1

Step 2: You’ll then be redirected to a screen where “Google Assistant” will tell you she’s listening.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Telling Google Assistant Step 2.1

Take this as a cue to speak and say “Turn on flashlight.” Just ensure you speak clearly so the command will be more accurate.

Right then and there, “Google Assistant” will repeat the command while activating the flashlight mode.

How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android by Telling Google Assistant Step 2.2

Quick and easy, right? So, which among the 3 methods mentioned above are you more leaning to use every single day?

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Turn On Your Flashlight on Android

 

Do “torch” and “flashlight” mean the same thing on Android devices?

Though both words have different spellings, “torch” and “flashlight” do mean the same on Android devices. But, “flashlight” is more commonly used in the USA, while “torch” is used in other English-speaking countries. Hence, you can use these 2 terms can interchangeably.

 

I’m shy to talk with “Google Assistant” to turn on the flashlight on my Android device. Can I just type out my command instead?

Though it’s simpler to speak directly with “Google Assistant” in activating the flashlight mode, you can type out the command instead. To do so, tap the microphone icon on the Google search bar and press the keyboard icon to type the command.

 

Among the 3 methods discussed above in turning on the flashlight on Android devices, which is the quickest?

Though all 3 methods of activating the flashlight mode are nifty and easy, the quickest method is activating the “Quick Toggle” menu.

 

Do I have to download a third-party app to turn on flashlight on Android devices?

Most Android devices have already installed the flashlight mode in the “Quick Toggle” menu ever since the Android 5.0 Lollipop days. But, on the off chance your Android device doesn’t have the flashlight toggle, you can head to “Google Play Store” and download an app for turning on the flashlight.