Samsung Galaxy S4 flashlight

Need a light? The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a very useful LED flash for you.

The camera flash on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is powerful enough to be used as a flashlight to peek into dark corners — under the couch, down the stairs, in the recesses of the closet, or where ever else you may need to look. Samsung devices come pre-installed with a handy toggle for this kind of utility.

  1. Tap the Apps icon in the bottom right of the home screen
  2. Tap the Widgets tab at the top of the screen
  3. Swipe left or right until you find the Assistive Light widget
  4. Tap and hold the widget for a moment, drag the widget to the home screen you desire, then release
  5. Now tap the Assistive Light widget to enable your camera flash as a flashflight.

Keep in mind that leaving this on for a lengthy amount of time will have an impact on the battery. Also, there are flashlight apps in Google Play that provide more involved functionality than what's bundled with the Samsung Galaxy S4. Here are a few options to consider.

That's a quick and dirty rundown of using your Samsung Galaxy S4 LED as a torch. Do you have any favorite apps? Any time the flashlight has come in really handy? 


Reader comments

How to use the Samsung Galaxy S4 as a flashlight


One of the very few things that I envy about iOS 7 is the control center which gives you fast, easy access to your flashlight, camera, calculator, and alarm. They're things that you don't use that often so you don't necessarily want them cluttering up you home screen, but when you do need them you want to be able to access them quickly. I wish there was something like these quick buttons built into the notification shade in Android

Oh but there is! It's called Notification Toggle and yes you can even add a flashlight button on the notification menu.

either you are trolling or ignorant. install power toggles and you have the flashlight right from your main screen, no swiping needed, so it's actually better than ios

I think he means baked into Android. Sure you can even jailbreak an iphone to do a lot as well... just as you can download apps that you heard from a friend on Android. I think he is asking for natively taking care of something you use often. Android with a toolbox from the bottom would be sweet! +1 if you can drop whatever tools you want into the box that is accessible from any screen (Like the notification drawer/shade).

What a rude way to start a response. So you're telling us that an app has to be installed just to use a led as a flashlight? iOS 7 has that at a swipe and tap distance. Not only that but that app would take up space in my main screen? In iOS 7 that function is hidden from plain view and everyday use but easily accessed when needed. Just like anyone would need it.
I was surprised to see that Kitkat on my brand new Nexus 5 didn't have a "turn on flashlight" from it's notifications tab.