flashlight turned on on a android smartphone

The flash module on most smartphones isn’t just useful for taking pictures in low-light conditions. It can also serve as a flashlight. This comes in handy in many different situations, like when you’re having a hard time unlocking your front door late at night, or looking for something in a dark room. 

But how exactly can you turn on flashlight mode for your Android device? Well, there are more ways than one to do it — some are specific to certain smartphones. You’ll be all set to light your way the next time you come home late from a party with the flashlight options below.

Option 1: Turn on flashlight mode with the quick toggle

Quick toggle flashlight toggle on two different android smartphones

Google introduced a flashlight toggle with Android 5.0 Lollipop, located in the quick settings. To access it, all you have to do is pull down the notification bar, find the toggle, and tap on it. The flashlight will be turned on instantly, and when you’re done using it, just tap on the icon again to turn it off.

All current smartphones should have this feature, but in the rare case that yours doesn’t just use one of the other options listed below.

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Pull down the notification bar by sliding your finger down from the top of the screen.

Step 2: Find the Flashlight toggle and tap on it to turn on flashlight mode. That’s it!


Option 2: Use a dedicated app

It’s quite possible that you have a flashlight app pre-installed on your device courtesy of the manufacturer, but in case you don’t, you’ll need to download one from the Google Play Store. Don’t worry, most are free, and you have many different options to choose from.

There are plenty of apps out there. Lucky for you, it won’t be necessary to go search for the right one in a sea of options, because we have already done that for you! Just check out the link below to see the 10 best Android flashlight apps around. 

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Find the flashlight app that is right for you. 

Step 2: Download the app from the Google Play Store

Step 3: Open the app and light your way. 


Option 3: Use Google Assistant

using google assistant to turn on the flashlight on an android smartphone

Google Assistant made its debut back in October 2016 on the Pixel smartphones and allows you to interact with your device using voice commands. It’s available on all smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above and is smart enough to play the music you want, give you a weather update, and, of course, turn on flashlight mode.

To launch Assistant, just long-press the home button and it will pop up on your screen. After that, just say something like, “Okay, Google, turn on the flashlight,” and wait for the digital assistant to do its magic. When you don’t need to use it anymore, just say, “Okay, Google, turn off the flashlight.”

If you feel that talking to your phone is weird, you can also give your commands to Assistant in writing. Just open it up, tap on the keyboard icon in the bottom left corner, and type in “turn on the flashlight.”

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Long press the home button to launch Google Assistant.

Step 2: Say, “Okay, Google, turn on the flashlight.”


Option 4: Use a gesture (only for OnePlus devices)

Back side photo of an Oneplus android phone focusing on the led flashlight

If you own a OnePlus device, the process of turning on the flashlight is extremely simple and fast. All you have to do is draw the letter V on the screen with your finger while it’s turned off. But before you can do that, you have to enable the function by going into the settings menu.

Step 1: Open the settings menu on your OnePlus device.

Step 2: Tap on “Gestures.”

Step 3: Enable the “Toggle flashlight” option.

Step 4: Once enabled, just draw a V on the screen with your finger while it’s turned off.


No matter which option you choose, turning on the flashlight is a breeze. Which one do you use? Let us know in the comments.