Flashlight apps are a dying breed. Google began adding them to Android as early as Lollipop and OEMs have been including them on their OEM skins for far longer. The need for this dwindles as the market share for newer versions of Android receive higher proliferation. However, we have not forgotten about those of you out there who prefer having a third party app or have devices too old to have its own flashlight app. Below, we have a list of flashlight apps that have the bare minimum permissions that should work perfectly for you. Most of these should have as few as two (Internet access for advertising, and then the camera permission). There are a couple that have just the camera permission as well. Here are the best flashlight apps for Android!
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Note about permissions on flashlight apps:
A lot of people may feel wary about every one of these asking for “Camera/Mic”. Unfortunately, this is Google’s fault. They have bundled the microphone and camera permissions into a single permission. A vast majority of camera apps never even try to access the mic but do require the Camera/Mic permission in order to access your device’s LED flash. This is totally unavoidable and you’ll never find a flashlight app without that permission (until you get to Android Marshmallow or higher when the app asks for these things separately).
You shouldn’t worry about microphone permissions. Even if these developers turned the microphone on, none of these apps have the permission to write to storage. Without the write to storage permission, they are unable to save any files at all to your device. That means the application is incapable of recording you.