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Best flashlight apps for Android: 7 to brighten up your night

Best flashlight apps for Android: 7 to brighten up your night

The inclusion of a dedicated flashlight app in Android 5.0 Lollipop means that some flashlight apps are having to close their shutters and sell off all remaining stock. However, just because it's made by Google doesn't by any means make it the best flashlight app on Android. In fact, there are some great alternatives. Never lose your cat, dog, or Peruvian chinchilla in the night again with our list of the best Android flashlight apps. 

Smart Flashlight

Smart Flashlight belongs to the 'Smart Tools' canon of apps, which have been gracing Android with their elegance and usability for years. Smart Flashlight can use your camera's flash LED (if you have one) to emit a super-bright light, or you can turn your screen into an adjustable light instead. Smart Flashlight also has an accompanying widget, which you can keep on your homescreen and simply tap to switch on your preferred flashlight. Simply great.

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Everything you need on one screen with Smart Flashlight. / © Smart Tools co.

Fun Torch

The first of our more flamboyant flashlight apps in this list is Fun Torch. It's more customizable than most, letting you change the color and intensity of the light by swiping, and even featuring several different flashlight designs. You can, for example, have an unscrewed light bulb as your flashlight (where does it get its power from?), a Victorian-style paraffin lamp, or a hippie-esque flashlight covered in flowers.

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Fun Torch has a nice bit of variety to its flashlights, like this paraffin lamp and what can best be described as a  'floral glowstick thing'. / © TACOTY PH code

Torch - Tiny Flashlight

Torch - Tiny Flashlight is an old favorite. It's a tiny download that is simple to use and unintrusive - its simplicity has helped it to over 100 million downloads from the Play Store. The basic landing page is a power button, with your battery level above it, and a disclaimer to tell you that "continuous use may reduce battery life". Continuous use definitely will reduce battery life, as will any use at all, but it's nice to have a reminder of this when we first launch the app. 

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Tiny Flashlight has a clear, inoffensive design. / © ANDROIDPIT

Color Flashlight

Color Flashlight might not save you when you're lost in the dark, but it's still great fun - even if you're lost in the dark. It features a whole host of colors, sizes, shapes and patterns into the Android flashlight app business. Are you at a festival or nightclub and want your friends to find you? Just type a message into Color Flashlight, set it to a garish color, and lift your hand in the air.

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Color Flashlight puts the fun into flashlight apps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Torch Flashlight LED HD

Clocking up well over 50 million downloads in the Play Store, Flashlight HD LED is a no-frills flashlight, and includes a simple flashlight widget for quick-access from your home screen.  Asking only for permission to access your camera (basically the bare necessities for a flashlight app), this is an undemanding and simple free flashlight gem for you to try out in the Play Store. 

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Flashlight HD LED has a nice widget. / © ANDROIDPIT

High-Powered Torch

You may be more familiar with High-Powered Torch by its more axiomatic former name, 'Best Flashlight w/Compass. The name may have changed but its shining feature - a compass - remains, making it an essential companion for those intrepid night-time treks into the jungle, or more likely the garden. It also has a "emergency alert" mode which is easy to access and makes the LED blink. Good for easily-disorientated people, or outdoorsy types.

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Best Flashlight w/Compass is pretty basic, but it does the job. / © ANDROIDPIT

Super-Bright LED Flashlight

Super-Bright LED Flashlight is a flashlight, sure, but it's also a good-looking one, and it's brighter than the eyes of an extra in a Bonnie Tyler music video, and brighter still than my future as an amateur kite-maker. But it's not just super bright, it's super simple too. With an on/off switch and a speed dial for those times you want your flashlight to live up to its name and actually flash. There is also a button for that real flashlight "click". Nice. 

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Super-Bright LED Flashlight feels like a real flashlight, even down to the sounds. / © ANDROIDPIT

What is your favorite Android flashlight app? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated by Robert Zak on May 6, 2015

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  • Smallest Torch Flashlight app on playstore, 196 kb only, no ads, no IAP

  • Yuliya Jul 13, 2016 Link to comment

    One more good-looking flashlight app which is not mentioned here://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apalon.flashlight

  • nice article, i also use a nice flashlight, easy and with orinal and great design. need to try it. a nice feature is the possibility to write everything on light. take a look . look for lightthename on play store

  • An innovative new flashlight app called 'Torchie' with the functionality to turn on/off Torch just by pressing BOTH VOLUME BUTTONS together. It works ANYTIME even when screen off, lock screen, using any app etc. It runs as a background service. It's just 1MB in size. Take a look at 'TORCHIE' on PlayStore

  • Adam S Oct 22, 2015 Link to comment

    I found an amazing one! Very convenient and simple, in google play : play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.torv.gyroscope.flash

  • Great post. I have also found a one of best Flashlight Torch app. It is turns your mobile into a powerful flashlight instantly. This mobile light app uses the LED of your mobile’s camera flash to light-up the way.

  • Pete Aug 25, 2015 Link to comment

    This one is a simple flashlight with great Design and minimum space. It's the smallest I've found

  • Pure Flashlight Widget. It's super basic but it lets you put a very small 1/4 icon sized widget on your screen that gives the quickest access to your flashlight. Love it.

  • nick Jul 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Check out this app needs minimal permissions..


  • I am using My Torch and it has a nice widget also

  • R-I P Jan 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I use Color flashlight. It has some very nice features.

  • Lee Jan 29, 2015 Link to comment

    I just use the one that's on my phone no app needed nice and simple 🔦

  • I just use flashlight. Nice and simple.

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