There is a simple way to speed up the flashlight on your phone: pressing both volume buttons at the same time. For this you need an application as useful as Torchie: once installed you will have light almost instantly. And you can greatly customize its operation.
Turning on the phone’s flashlight is an action that can save you a lot of problems, especially when it is night and there is no other nearby lighting. Usually just turn on the phone, display the notification area and click on the quick flashlight icon, although there are ways to speed up the process, such as by using an action of the volume buttons. Do you want to customize yours? Well, it’s really simple with Torchie: install the app and you’ll turn on the flashlight in tenths of a second.
Turn the flashlight on and off with the two buttons
There are mobiles that include quick ways to turn on the phone’s flashlight, as is the case with the Motorola and its wrist gesture. And having the option to anchor the switch to the volume buttons is very practical since these buttons are always accessible, whether the screen is on or off. And imagine how comfortable it is to activate the light with the simple gesture of pressing the two volume buttons, as proposed by Torchie.
The app that we recommend is an open source application (version 2 of the GNU General Public License), it can be downloaded from F-Droid and is also available on the Google Play Store. It is clean and only ask for accessibility permissions, a mandatory requirement to access the phone’s hardware with the screen turned off. And it does not involve any mystery, you just have to do the following to have the flashlight at the push of the volume button:
- Once Torchie is installed, activate the service by clicking on ‘Torchie Functions’. You need to give it access to accessibility tools, the application itself opens the menu.
- Once you give accessibility permissions Torchie will be ready: press the two volume buttons and the flashlight turns on; press again and the light turns off. Remember, it’s just one press of both buttons, you should not keep them tight.
- You can configure the application by entering the three upper menu points, within ‘Settings’.
- By default, the flashlight will run with the screen on and off. In addition, it is convenient to select ‘Proximity sense‘so that the light is not activated if the mobile is in the pocket, for example.
Torchie has no more, no less: it offers convenient functionality for turning on the flashlight does not require any interaction with the screen. It works very well, is safe, and the battery drain is minimal, at least according to our tests. Also, Torchie is a free app and does not include ads.