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What is a good flashlight for Android that doesn't track a user, and doesn't require any unusual privileges?

Edit: I just want to know that simplest way to get a good safe flashlight

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    If you're willing to try custom roms, every custom rom I've used has had their own 'flashlight' built into the system that doesn't require any permission. – FONZ Dec 2 '15 at 0:15
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    Also Android 5.0 has a flashlight option built in. Just swipe down from the top for the quick settings menu. – vclaw Dec 3 '15 at 16:50
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You've given not much criteria, so there're not that many requirements to meet. But first, helping you to help yourself: See How to search the Play Store by permissions? on our sister-site, and then give StripSearch a try :)

Now specifically for your torch:

  • Simple Torch just asks for flashlight and camera, no network. Camera is sometimes required to adjust intensity of flash light AFAIK.
  • Torch: same here (plus "draw over other windows", but again no network)
  • QuickTorch: just camera and "draw over …"
  • Flashlight Widget: just camera and "draw over"

All these apps are smaller than 200 kB .apk size (which is another indicator they're not doing anything "strange").

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    It takes 200kB to make a flashlight? – immibis Dec 2 '15 at 1:31
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    @immibis Read again: "smaller than". Simple Torch is just about 40kB – which deems correct for an app with that "job" and no graphics. Put some graphic in (e.g. for a nice, but not strictly necessary "start screen"), and you easily get 100kB+. // It might be easier to check your "Quick Settings" (at least with my devices running CyanogenMod, they have a torch option) – but I'm not sure if that's a standard (stock) or CM-specific as I have no stock ROMs anymore ;) – Izzy Dec 2 '15 at 5:52
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As you have asked for minimal permissions, it would be good if they are opensource also. Install F-Droid in your Android Phone. It can be considered a OpenSource Apps PlayStore. It contains all the apps that are open source and Search for Torch or FlashLight.

Have found some apps : Search Light, Torch (LED Torch), Torch (FlashLight), Open Flashlight and more which have very minimal permissions 1 or 2 and some of them are between 20 - 25KB in size.

If you have a phone that doesn't have camera and Flashlight, there is an app called Mr.White which increases white light display to the maximum and lets you use it as Torch.

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Swipe down from the top of your phone's screen. You should see a couple icons (I see Wi-Fi, Location, Sound, Screen Rotation and Bluetooth), and in the top right corner there's an icon that looks like a pencil. If you touch that, you should see more icons, one of which is a flashlight.

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