The Google personal assistant feature has become relied upon by millions of people all around the world. Simply tell Google what you want it to do, and it will perform the action. Turning on your flashlight is no different.
Let’s face it, no one carries around a flashlight. So, when you find yourself in a dark place, you can use the flashlight to illuminate the way – way more convenient that relying on the dull glow of the screen like we did before the flashlight feature was introduced.
The flashlight is located on your camera in the back of the phone, using the same light the camera uses for the flash. The only difference is that you have full control over what the light does. The light, especially on newer devices, is brighter and more powerful than many standalone flashlights.
Many devices include the flashlight function as a standard feature, but there are also hundreds of applications available for download on Google Play that you can browse that will give you extra commands.
Here are a few ways you can use the “OK Google, Turn on Flashlight” feature.
Android’s LED Flashlight
This is the basic function that comes with your phone. All you must say to turn it on is, “OK Google, Turn on Flashlight,” and your phone will turn on the flashlight. Say, “Turn off flashlight” when you are done with it.
Ensure you have the OK Google feature turned on in the settings before you go telling your phone what to do. If you do not have it on, your command will not be processed.
Power Button Flashlight and Torch Application
This application allows you to use your flashlight without unlocking your phone. All you have to do is press the power button three times rapidly. You can do this from the lock screen on your phone or tablet.
Pressing three times may seem unnecessarily difficult, but it prevents your flashlight from accidentally being turned on, wasting your battery by needlessly illuminating the inside of your purse or pocket.
This app can also be run via Google voice commands.
Torchie allows the user to use the volume keys to turn on the flashlight. Again, you can also say, “OK Google, turn on Torchie” to run the application. However, I find that simply using the volume keys to turn it on is much easier.
The possible downside is that the volume key can be inadvertently pressed relatively easily in your pocket, purse, diaper bag, bookbag, etc. If you aren’t worried about that, then this app is still a great option.
Shake Flashlight lets you shake your phone to turn the flashlight on. This is a simple and convenient way to use the flashlight feature.
One issue to consider is sensitivity to movement. If your phone is in your pocket and it thinks it is being shaken, it will turn the flashlight on. Fortunately, the application does have a sensitivity feature that warns the user of this. It allows the user to slide a bar to a value based on what sensitivity you would prefer. If you set it too high, it will turn on the flashlight with the slightest shake.
This method is a bit redundant because newer Android phones already have a flashlight button on the drop-down menu in the home screen. But, if you want a process with one less step, then this widget is a promising idea. You can pin it to the home screen so you can easily access it anytime.
Ambient LED Flashlight
This one works all on its own. There is nothing you need to do. This application uses the light sensor on your device to detect the darkness you find yourself in, and it will turn on your flashlight automatically. With just a bit of calibration, you can set the sensitivity of the sensor so it does not turn on when you do not want it to. The application also needs to be open to work in this manner. Otherwise, the flashlight would turn on every time you went to bed.
Custom Quick Settings
Your device comes with a drop-down menu accessed by sliding your finger from the top of the screen downwards. Here, you can see five or six quick button options to enable you to select frequently used tools. The flashlight button can be put on this quick button bar if you select the button on the right-hand side of the bar, which is an arrow pointing down. This will bring up all the tools that you can interchange in the button bar. Simply hold down on a tool, drag it up to where you want it on the bar, and it will replace whatever was there before. You can do this with the flashlight tool; just drag it up, and replace it with something you do not use. Now, you will have a quick and effortless way to access your flashlight using the drop-down menu.