Have you ever used your phone as a flashlight?

Have you ever used your phone as a flashlight?
It's dark, and you have to both cross one unlit passageway on a first date, deal with that hypothetical. Why, you take out your phone, flick a finger, and the LED light on the back turns on, or your screen shines in white, illuminating the road ahead. You immediately become a hero, which leads to a second date, which leads to, well, you know.

We kid, but being able to use your phone as a light source of last resort can probably save the day more than a few times in many dozens of scenarios. Flashlight apps are one of the most abundant categories over at the Play Store, coming in many shapes, forms, and ingenious ways to turn the LED flash or screen on as your bright guiding lights. Some manufacturers are now even embedding the flashlight switch functionality directly into the status bar or even the lock screen, so you can access the illumination capabilities of your handsets as fast as possible. 

That is why we were curious to learn if you have ever used your phone as a flashlight, regardless of whether it's been a built-in one, like on some Nokia featurephones, via the screen being illuminated in white at full brightness, or simply firing up the LED flash in the way you would use it as a video light. Have your say in the poll below, and tell us what called for these dire situations.

Have you ever used your phone as a flashlight?

Yes
97.93%
No
2.07%

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44 Comments

1. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

on cyanogen mod i have binded the flashlight on long press volume down while screen is off, very practical.

10. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

try QuickClick all you have to do is set it to whatever combination you like (like 2x volume up, etc)

28. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 636; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

same here, with xposed on stock rom.

35. sachouba

Posts: 261; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Yes, it's a hidden option included in all Touchwiz ROMs, and it's practical.

2. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Stupid Question

7. TimePass

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Spot on

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Certainly a relevant subject. Just look at the difference between yes and no votes. Personally, I use the flashlight function most at restaurants when the lighting is not sufficient to read the bill to figure how much to tip.

14. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

More probably a slow-news day

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm surprised there's no third answer: "no, but I really want to."

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yes it is. Tried it it's not useful just a battery drainer.

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Are you a Troll?

44. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Am sorry, i like that picture thats all

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I just had a power cut 30 minutes ago. Thank god for flashlight apps on phones :D

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The only use of the LED at the back for me. It ruins the photos most times. And at night I take my real camera for shooting.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All the time, I get up at 1:45am to run before work, and always need to find something. My wife gets mad when I turn on the lights, so flashlight it is. Very useful feature.

19. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Where do you work to go so early? Just curious. Don't have to answer.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Las Vegas county transit bro. Shift starts at 4:30, I run 4 miles a day, takes about an hr. I then showier, get dressed and leave. Our system doesn't stop running

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ok. Thanks. :)

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No prob bro.

33. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmao Last time he told you to buzz off, and your a immature kid, know he calls you a bro.....

39. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Reminds me of the time I had to work for NYC transit. Those 12+ hr shifts, especially if you get the early morning during the winter... wasn't much worse than when I was working for UPS and got stuck with the 4 AM shift (meaning you had to be there and ready to start before then) during the Christmas season. Of course being a motorcyclist and truck operator (at the time) I always had a high powered LED pocket flashlight/ tactical light so the phone LED never was used for that. I paid $65 for that Surefire so it better be with me at all times.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How is it driving in NYC?

43. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It tended to be horrid once the sun came up. Streets go from wide to narrow to impossible, especially with idiots parking in bad spots or they don't know how to make room on a 2 way street. Snow sucks as well but as a rally driver that was a highlight. I was a maintenance worker.

32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He said he he drives a garbage truck. Lol.

25. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

A little too early for me, lol. I'm up by 4 a.m. don't have to be at work till 7. And yes, same with me, don't want to wake anyone else. It's my lighthouse in the darkness.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hate my start time, but love getting off at 12:40pm. +1

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

All the time. I use Xposed Wanam Torch to turn on with volume-up with screen off. I carry a 80 lumen flashlight on my keychain too, but using my phone is often way more convenient. Plus the floody beam can light a very broad area and unlike a flashlight with a hotspot of brightness, the flood beam from a cellphone's LED doesn't blind you when your eyes are night adjusted.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Why is this debatable? No brainer's poll

9. harish_384

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

In countries like india where power-cuts are very common built in flash light is very handy

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This must be the dumbest poll ever.

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