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8 Best Android Flashlight Apps with Least Permissions (No Malware)

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While the Google Play Store has an endless selection of free Android apps, it’s no secret that a lot of them have malware or shady permissions which give them more access than they require. Some examples of extra permissions in most flashlight apps include the ability to find out your exact location, access your photos/media files on storage and view your device ID and call information.

Even though flashlight apps are very useful, most users are apprehensive about installing them because there have been several stories about apps selling user location data and generally having access to data they shouldn’t.

This is why today we’re going to be sharing the 10 Best Android Flashlight Apps with the least permissions possible. If you’re looking for a flashlight app with no permissions, you won’t find one; however, the ones we have listed below have the fewest permissions of them all.

Please note though that camera permissions are necessary for flashlight apps to switch on your phone’s flashlight (which is integrated with your camera by default).

#1. Flashlight by SimGears

The first app on this list is Flashlight by SimGears, which is very basic and gets the job done without pushing any unnecessary permissions. It also supports four different widgets so you can switch the light on and off from your homescreen. The one feature we really like is the app’s ability to automatically turn off the flashlight once it recognizes that you’ve put your phone back into your pocket. As a bonus, you also get to customize the appearance of the app and the widgets to your liking.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • control vibration
  • control flashlight
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • full network access
  • view network connections
Flashlight ☼
Flashlight ☼
Developer: Slim Gears
Price: Free
  • Flashlight ☼ Screenshot
  • Flashlight ☼ Screenshot
  • Flashlight ☼ Screenshot

#2. Color Flashlight

Developed by the team behind the ColorNote app, Color flashlight is an interesting app which allows you to not just use your camera LED, but also your display, to show different colors of lights and effects like a burning candle stick, a romantic display of hearts and an “I love you” sign along with the option to display sliding, glowing text on your screen.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • view network connections
  • full network access
  • control flashlight
Color Flashlight
Color Flashlight
Developer: Notes
Price: Free
  • Color Flashlight Screenshot
  • Color Flashlight Screenshot
  • Color Flashlight Screenshot

#3. Tiny Flashlight + LED

Tiny Flashlight + LED is one of the oldest flashlight apps on the Play Store and also one of the most reliable. It doesn’t just light up your way in the dark, but also has additional goodies like a strobe light function, blinking lights, Morse Code and a fun Police Lights simulator. Please note that network permissions are required to display ads.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • run at startup
  • control flashlight
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • control vibration
  • full network access
  • view network connections
Tiny Flashlight + LED
Tiny Flashlight + LED
Developer: Nikolay Ananiev
Price: Free
  • Tiny Flashlight + LED Screenshot
  • Tiny Flashlight + LED Screenshot
  • Tiny Flashlight + LED Screenshot

#4. Flashlight – MEGA Flashlight

Mega Flashlight has a good amount of features, including screen light (when your LED doesn’t work), strobe lights, Morse Code, warning light and Police lights without the intrusive permissions. The app size is also quite reasonable at just under 2 MBs and it doesn’t hog a lot of your battery either.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • read battery statistics
  • full network access
  • view network connections
Flashlight
Flashlight
Developer: Ruddy Rooster
Price: Free
  • Flashlight Screenshot
  • Flashlight Screenshot
  • Flashlight Screenshot

#5. Flashlight HD LED

Flashlight HD LED is a simple flashlight app with very few permissions and basic features including a homescreen widget and a color light option when you use your display for light as opposed to the camera LED. The app is also fairly small in size and is regularly updated by the developer.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • view network connections
  • full network access
  • read Google service configuration
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • control flashlight
Flashlight HD LED
Flashlight HD LED
Developer: smallte.ch
Price: Free
  • Flashlight HD LED Screenshot
  • Flashlight HD LED Screenshot
  • Flashlight HD LED Screenshot

#6. Flashlight by Mobile Apps Inc

This flashlight app is bright, starts up pretty fast and has additional features like strobe light (which can be controlled with swiping) and an SOS mode. The flashlight also stays on even when you lock your screen, but you may find the ads annoying because they are a little too frequent.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • read Home settings and shortcuts
  • write Home settings and shortcuts
  • view network connections
  • full network access
  • disable your screen lock
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • install shortcuts
  • uninstall shortcuts
Flashlight: LED Light
Flashlight: LED Light
Developer: Zentertain
Price: Free
  • Flashlight: LED Light Screenshot
  • Flashlight: LED Light Screenshot
  • Flashlight: LED Light Screenshot

#7. TeslaLED Flashlight

You’ve probably used, or at least heard about Nova Launcher, and TeslaLED Flashlight is developed by the same team. This app would have been at the top of this list had it been updated, but unfortunately it doesn’t work properly with newer Android devices, especially those running KitKat and above.

Nevertheless, if you can run it on your device you’ll get strobe lights, Morse Code, Police Lights and homescreen widgets with virtually no permissions.

Permissions:

  • take pictures and videos
  • draw over other apps
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • control flashlight

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If you’re still concerned about the permissions apps on this list require, remember that some permissions are unavoidable, including camera access (take pictures and videos). The flashlight apps on this list have the least possible permissions and you can download any one of them for your daily use.

Let us know what you think of our list by commenting below; meanwhile, you might be interested in our list of the Best Compass Apps for Android.

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1 Comment

  1. Bart

    August 29, 2015 at 2:53 AM

    Adaptive torch much better and no. Extra permissions

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