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, 2015 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, 2015 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?
    – user253751
    Dec 2, 2015 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, 2015 at 5:52

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.


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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