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Get more out of your mobile flashlight with our guide: learn how to turn it on in several totally different ways.

Something as simple as the flashlight of your mobile hides much more secrets than you imagine. Although you have to be careful with the flashlight apps that are installed, once you have found the most suitable one, you can take it one level further if you decide to configure it so that it is possible activate quickly in any situation.

And there are few things more frustrating than getting lost between the mobile menus trying activate flashlight just when you need a light to shine on you. Therefore, in this guide we are going to explain how can you configure your mobile to activate the flashlight in the most comfortable way for you: shaking the phone, pressing a button or even whistling.

Flashlight on Android phones

The flashlight of an Android mobile.

Activate the flashlight with the mobile buttons

Probably the most quick and easy to activate the flashlight of a mobile, whatever the brand, is pressing one of its buttons.

Unfortunately, most manufacturers do not include this option by default in their devices, and in order to use it it is necessary to resort to third-party applications and tools. In this case, we have chosen two:


This great free open source app it allows you thoroughly configure the use of the flashlight on your Android mobile. One of its most useful functions is the possibility of activate the flashlight by pressing the two volume buttons on the mobile at once.

For use Torchie on your mobile, you just have to follow these steps:

  1. Download the app safely and for free from F-Droid.
  2. Install the APK on your device.
  3. Open the application and give it accessibility permissions (necessary to be able to use the buttons to activate the flashlight).
  4. Return to the application, and try activating the flashlight by pressing the two volume buttons on your mobile at the same time.

That's it. Thus, the app will have been configured and you can turn on the mobile flashlight with a simple press on the buttons, regardless of whether the mobile screen is on or off, or whether it is locked.

Flashlight Power Button

Its name says it all: this application allows you activate or deactivate the flashlight with the power button of your mobile. To do this, like the previous one, it is based on the Android accessibility services that allow you to make use of the buttons. Using it is as simple as following these steps:

  1. After installing the app, available for free on Google Play, open it for the first time.
  2. Accept the indicated options and grant accessibility permissions to the application.

3.Tap the mobile's power button three times to turn the flashlight on or off.

Although it is a much simpler app than the previous one, it lacks extra functions that we can find in Torchie, such as the possibility of prevent the flashlight from turning on while we have the mobile in our pocket.

Activate the flashlight with your fingerprint

Fingerprint reader on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE screen

The fingerprint reader of an Android mobile.

The fingerprint reader of your mobile can be used for much more than you imagine. If you have a Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, LG or any other brand terminal, with a fingerprint reader, you can use it to turn on the flashlight from your terminal.

To do this, you just have to make sure you have a mobile with a capacitive fingerprint reader with gesture support. Therefore, those devices that have a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen are not useful.

In addition, you will need to have an app that allows you to enable this option, such as Fingerprint Gestures. Once installed, these are the steps you must follow:

  1. Open the app and give it the necessary permissions.
  2. Activate the switch at the top of the app that says “Enable Fingerprint Gestures”.
  3. Select the gesture you want to use to activate the flashlight (one tap, double or swipe).
  4. Choose the action you want to happen. In this case, you must select "Flashlight".
  5. To test its operation, perform the chosen gesture on the fingerprint reader.

The flashlight should activate and deactivate when you touch the fingerprint reader or perform the gesture you have chosen. Without a doubt, it is one of the more convenient options when using the flash, especially if you have a mobile with the fingerprint reader on the back.

Activate the flashlight by shaking the mobile

Motorola pioneered by including the option of activate the flashlight of the mobile by shaking it with his "Moto Actions". Now, this function can be taken to many other mobiles thanks to applications such as Shake Light, totally free and in Spanish.

Its operation is extremely simple, and one of its advantages is that it works on practically any Android mobile: This is the process you must follow to activate it:

  1. Install the app on your mobile and open it.
  2. Flip the switch at the bottom.
  3. Shake the mobile to activate or deactivate the flashlight.
  4. You can too configure some aspects such as the sensitivity of the app when shaking the device.

Activate the mobile flashlight by whistling

The last option that we will explain in this guide consists of activate the mobile flashlight whistling.

At first, you might doubt the reason for wanting to activate the flashlight by whistling, but the truth is that it is a most convenient function in certain situations, for example when you can't find your mobile And the flashlight can help you identify it in dark environment or at night.

In this case, the application we need is "Whistle Flashlight". With it, just whistle to mobile, and the flashlight will be activated even when the screen is off. Using it is that easy:

  1. Install the app and open it.
  2. Activate the indicated settings. You may have to grant some permissions.
  3. Try whistling to your mobile. The flashlight should turn on or off.

As you can see, there are many ways that exist turn on or off the flashlight of your mobile, to each more convenient –or curious–. Whichever option you have chosen, it will undoubtedly be much faster than having to search for access to the flashlight in the settings of your mobile.