Find the Best Flashlight App for Android and Light your World

A flashlight app for Android can be very useful in many situations. Let’s say you are in a dark room and lost something (possibly a key) accidentally. You can easily use a flashlight app for Android in order to find that lost object.

Maybe you are in a party and want to add some disco light effect to make it more enjoyable. You can use any good flashlight application from the Google Play Store and use your smartphone’s screen to display different colors.

Some flashlight apps for Android offer SOS and Morse code features. Using this function, you can send secret messages to your friends or to the police in case of an emergency (maybe, after getting kidnapped?!).

Caution: Many famous flashlight applications need “Share your Location” permission to be downloaded on your device. Did you ever wonder why a simple flashlight app for Android needs to track your location? According to Forbes and Guardian, one very famous flashlight application, Brightest Flashlight, which has been downloaded millions of times on the Google Play Store, allegedly collects personal user data and shares it with advertisers.

After researching some more, we found out that not only “Brightest Flashlight” but many other flashlight applications are using the same method to monetize their applications. A healthy competition between developers is good for the end user but some developers are taking the wrong route to one up their competitors. This is totally unacceptable.

We respect our readers’ privacy. So, we have deliberately ignored those flashlight applications that are suspicious and compiled only those applications that are safe and easy to use.

Note: We used a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to test these applications. These flashlight applications work well on any Android smartphone. Just make sure that your smartphone fulfills the minimum software requirements.


1. Tiny Flashlight + LED: [Free]

tinyflash flashlight app for Android

Strobe lighting can trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy

Tiny Flashlight + LED is a very simple yet utilitarian application. It offers a variety of features. The round shaped Power tab inside the application triggers the LED flash. You can also activate more complex features by tapping the Circle button residing on the top right corner of the screen.

The Screen light feature lights up your screen and you can change the level of brightness and color of the screen to get the perfect light combination. This kind of screen light can be used during a party.

The android flashlight app also offers a cool Strobe Light effect where you can select the number of time (per second) the LED flash will blink. This feature can also be used in family occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries to make it funnier.

The Text to Morse code feature can convert any text to Morse code and you can then send this code via LED flash. This feature can save your life in case you are a castaway on a deserted island!

You can use the Police Light feature to do a prank on your friends, but never use it to scare unknown people or don’t try to use it in front of police.

The application is ad-supported and it doesn’t have a paid version to get rid of this.

Features:

  • Bright flashlight / torch for the device LED
  • Screen lights with variable brightness and different colors
  • Widget with different layouts to choose from (including lock screen widget).
  • Strobe Blinking function with adjustable on/off intervals
  • Morse code functionality with a Text to Morse code support
  • Beautiful layout and simple controls.
  • Small memory footprint, low battery and CPU consumption

Notable Feature: Join Tiny Flashlight + LED Beta program

Downloads: 100,000,000 – 500,000,000

Android Version: Varies with device

Size: Varies with device

Price: Free

Tiny Flashlight+ LED


2. Best Flashlight FREE: [Free]

Best Flashlight free flashlight app for Android

SOS Lights, Compass Lights, Neon Lights

Best Flashlight FREE is not only a flashlight app but also a useful tool which contains seven different fun special effects. After opening the application, you will see a picture of a torch. You can trigger the LED flashlight of your smartphone by clicking on this picture.

The application also offers Screen Light but lacks Strobe Light effect. The SOS feature sends SOS signals through the phones LED flash.

The Compass feature offers a cool way to find directions. The light emitting from the screen gets brighter when the phone rotates near the south.

Using the Neon feature you can show any text on your smartphone’s screen in neon colors.

The most unique feature of them all is the Shaker feature. You can shake the phone to switch the screen display color, and the LED flash also blinks.

You can also change the Icon Style by going into the Settings menu.

This application is ad-supported as well.

Features:

  • Screen Lights: display different colors on screen
  • Bulb Lights: simulation incandescent and energy-saving lamps
  • SOS Lights, Compass Lights, Neon Lights
  • Shake Spotlight: Shake your phone to change the color of the screen light
  • Audio Lights: Shouting at your phone, the wave will display on the phone

Notable Feature: Shake your phone to change the color of the screen light

Downloads: 50,000 – 100,000

Android Version: 2.0 and up

Size: 1.6M

Price: Free (ad-supported)

Best Flashlight FREE


3. Flashlight HD LED: [Free and Paid $3.04]

Flashlight HD LED flashlight app for Android

Buy the Pro version to help a small application developer

3.a Free Version

Flashlight HD LED is a good looking and simple free flashlight app available in Android. The free version is ad-supported and fully functional. The application offers a bright LED flashlight and a nifty “Screen light” feature. In Screen Light mode you can change the level of brightness and choose any color to be shown on the screen.

Features:

  • Well designed
  • Get light instantly through the integrated Flashlight
  • Screen light feature-offers different level of brightness and various colors
  • Widget for quick access

Notable Feature:  Brightest and most powerful.

Downloads: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 2.9M

Price: Free

Flashlight HD LED

3.b Paid Pro Version [$3.04]

The Pro version only removes advertisements and doesn’t offer anything extra. You can buy the pro version of the application by paying $3.04 via in app purchase.

Downloads: 10,000 – 50,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 2.9M

Price: $3.04

 

Flashlight HD LED


4. Flashlight: [Free]

GOFlashlight flashlight app for Android

A widget for quick access

GOFlashlight is a free app from the developers of GO Launcher. The Screen Light feature is present here too and you can change the color and the brightness by just swiping your finger on the screen horizontally and vertically respectively. The Strobe Light effect can be controlled and you can make the LED flashlight blink three times per second. You can also send an SOS code. The application also offers a widget for quick access.

This flashlight app isn’t ad-supported and doesn’t have any Pro version.

Features:

  • Strobe/Blinking mode-Swipe to change the frequency
  • Screen Light-More than 10 colors
  • SOS Mode
  • 1*1 widget

Notable Feature: Fastest start-up of all flashlight apps

Downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: 1.6M

Price: Free

GOFlashlight


5. Smart Flashlight: [Free and Paid – $0.99]

Smart flashlight flashlight app for Android

Simple, but not that smart

5.a Free Version

We don’t know why the application is called “Smart Flashlight” because it lacks many features. If you just want the “Flashlight” and the “Screen light” feature, it won’t disappoint you. However, it doesn’t offer anything else. This option is great for people who don’t want all the bulky features, but need a flashlight.

The free version app is ad-supported.

Features:

  • LED flashlight
  • Screen light-Show different colors on the screen
  • LED widget: you can create a flashlight widget on the home screen
  • Smart Magnifier and Smart Mirror (Pro only)

Notable Feature: Smart Magnifier and Smart Mirror

Downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 1.7M

Price: Free

Smart Flashlight

5.b Paid Version [$0.99]

You can also buy the Pro version of the Smart Flashlight by paying $0.99. The Pro version doesn’t have advertisements and offers two extra features-Smart Magnifier and Smart Mirror. Smart Magnifier, as its name suggests, turns your smartphone into a magnifier by using the camera zoom, Auto-focus, and LED flashlight.

Using the Smart Mirror feature, you can see your face on the smartphone display through the front facing camera.

You can also try the Smart Tools package instead of Smart Flashlight Pro because it has 4 more tools and costs only $2.99.

Downloads: 1,000 – 5,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: 2.1M

Price: $0.99

Smart Flashlight


6. TeslaLED Flashlight [Free and Paid – $0.99]

TeslaLED flashlight app for Android

Completely free but you should donate

6.a Free Version

TeslaLED Flashlight is a very intuitive app. All the features are available in the free version.

You can swipe from left to right to select a feature and then you can activate it by tapping on the screen. It has almost every single feature that a flashlight app should offer.  It has an automatic timer for the flashlight. You can set the timer and the LED of your smartphone will automatically switch off after that time period. You can also select the “Press to activate” feature to save some battery. The Strobe effect is also present, and you can set the strobe rate from 0 to 20. The Text to Morse Code feature allows you to send Morse code through the device’s LED flashlight and sound. The Screen Light feature is available too but you can’t change the color of the light. You can use the Police Light effect to scare some naughty kids in the neighborhood.

This is probably the best flashlight app for Android without advertisements to interrupt you.

Features:

  • LED Flashlight
  • Widgets
  • Strobe and Morse Code
  • Screen Light-variable brightness
  • Police Screen Light
  • Keep LED on with screen off
  • Widget styles include the look and feel of standard HTC and Motorola.
  • Notification icon to quickly turn off LED

Notable Feature: Activate TeslaLED from a slider on your lock screen

Downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 512kb

Price: Free

TeslaLED Flashlight

6.b Paid Version [$0.99]

The paid version is called “TeslaLED Flashlight Donate,” and it doesn’t offer any extra features. However, we should encourage good developers by paying that little amount ($0.99). The developer could have easily opted for an ad supported version but instead he is keeping the free version ad-free.

TeslaLED Flashlight works in most devices. If it still doesn’t work change the “LED Method” in the preferences.

Downloads: 10,000 – 50,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 512kb

Price: Donate ($1.00)

TeslaLED Flashlight


7. Flashlight – MEGA Flashlight: (Free)

MegaFlash flashlight flashlight app for Android

Ad-supported but fully functional

Flashlight – MEGA Flashlight is an ad-supported free app. You can select either screen or LED flash while using Strobe Light and Morse Code features. The Screen Light feature is there but you can’t change the color or the level of brightness. The Warning and Police Light features are available too.

MEGA Flashlight is available for 7-inch and 10-inch tablets.

Features:

  • LED Flashlight
  • Light sources: Screen, Morse Code, Strobe light,
  • Police light and Warning light
  • Battery Status

Notable Feature: Switch Button-If LED doesn’t work use switch button

Downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: 1.7M

Price: Free (ad-supported)

8. Flashlight - MEGA Flashlight


8. Color Flashlight

color flashlight flashlight app for Android

Animate any text on your screen

Color Flashlight is a colorful flashlight app. This application offers plenty of features for free. Normal LED flashlight and the Screen Light feature is available as always. The unique features include showing text on screen in different modes (sliding, blink, and scroll), showing animated “I love you” text on screen, showing a candle light on screen, showing a disco ball, and displaying rainbow colors on the screen.

We didn’t like the user interface that much though. Also, the application used the screen for the Strobe Light effect and not the LED flashlight of our smartphone. The Text to Morse Code feature is also unavailable.

Features:

  • Normal Flash
  • Screen light
  • Useful light effects (LED Electronic Sign) : Text, Scroll, Slide, LED Sign
  • Emergency light effects : Strobe light, Police light, Emergency light
  • Lovely effect : Heart, I Love You

Notable Feature: Fun flashlight effects: Candle, Disco light, Rainbow, Blink, Spiral

Downloads: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Android Version: 1.6 and up

Size: 1.4M

Price: Free (ad-supported)

Color Flashlight


9. Amazing Flashlight

amazing flash flashlight app for Android

Unique Night-Vision mode

The user interface of this app is very good looking but the icons are placed randomly and we had to test every icon separately just to know what it does.

Normal LED flashlight, Screen light, Strobe light, and Police light effects are available. You can send emergency SOS signals too. A compass has been provided to give you directions in case you are lost.

This app also offers a unique “Night-Vision” mode. This feature helps you to see in dark rooms through the device’s camera.

Amazing Flashlight is an ad-supported application.

Features:

  • LED flashlight torch
  • Screen light
  • Night Vision Camera
  • Compass
  • Gorgeous color NV filters
  • Strobe Effect-Emergency / Warning strobe lights ; Police, Ambulance, Fire & Construction vehicles
  • SOS Light
  • Battery level
  • Lighthouse effect

Notable Feature: Lockscreen Widget (Android 4.2+)

Downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: 3.5M

Price: Free (ad-supported)

Amazing Flashlight


Conclusion:

We have thoroughly analyzed all the aspects of many flashlight applications available on the Google Play Store and selected these top 10 flashlight applications out of hundreds.

After testing all these applications, we can confidently summarize as below:

  • Use Droidlight LED Flashlight if you need a basic flashlight application.
  • Flashlight HD LED and Smart Flashlight have paid versions. So, use those only if you want to spend money on a flashlight application.
  • GoFlashlight has been created by a renowned developer but misses the “Text to Morse code” feature.
  • Our top three picks are: Tiny Flashlight + LED, TeslaLED Flashlight, and Amazing Flashlight (in random order)

Did we miss any good applications that you think should have been on the list? Please let us know in the comments section below. We will always be there to help you out.

 

Comments (19)

  1. Allan Wood on

    All of the flashlights that you reviewed require, at a minimum, access to your camera and microphone. Some require access to files, phones, and phone data, WHY?

    • Sam on

      Hey Allan, yes, flashlight apps require usage of camera. That is how they work. However as you said some requires access to files and phone data. There could be genuine use of these, but some apps would try to collect as many details as possible to suck it up in the cloud. May be to sell it to advertisers or may be not. I would be really cautious on what app I install and what permissions I give them. If a flashlight app requires my location, phone data and other private information, I would be little cautious on this.

  2. Tactical Michael on

    Thanks for the list, the best flashlight is always the one that you have with you and you use. I personally prefer to have a keychain flashlight with me that is better than any phone would be, also this does not drain my phone battery.

  3. Scott Allen on

    Is there any flashlight app that starts with the light on? If you’re trying to get light quickly it’s annoying to have to start the app and then have to turn the light on. My wife’s phone has an app called Utility Light that works this way, but I can’t find anything in the Play Store.

    • Dani on

      Scott,
      We have listed DroidLight LED Flashlight app as first. It does what you want for. Another method is you can have flashlight widget as well.

  4. Huy on

    Thanks. I was looking for a free flash light app without ads and your result is the only one I can find. The TeslaLED app design is a bit outdated but it works fine.

  5. Morgan on

    There should be no more permission than access to camera & camera flashlight (+ internet access if its ad supported).
    Personally I use 2 flashlight apps:Tiny Flashlight & Multifunction Flashlight

    Both have ads in them and therefor needs access to Internet, but aside from that they have just basic permissons to the camera.

  6. Alv on

    Hi I recently had a baby and am looking for a flashlight that will automatically activate by a certain movement of the actual device – lets say like shaking it – so I can check in on the baby when she cries in the dark.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Alvin

  7. Droid Ash on

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this nice post about best Android flashlight apps. Color Flashlight is really cool and full of robust features.
    Keep it up.

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