16
Mar
dashlight

We've all been there – it's dark, you drop something, need a little help finding your keys, or simply want to know what you just stepped in. Naturally, you reach in your pocket, pull out your phone, and hit the power button. The screen instantly becomes your flashlight. Of course, there are plenty of apps that can also toggle the camera's LED flash, which makes a much better flashlight than the display. One such widget, however, brings this functionality directly to everyone's favorite lockscreen widget: DashClock.

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DashLight is quite simple in nature: it's just a toggle. Hit it, and the flash turns on. Hit it again, and it turns off. It really couldn't be easier. The only thing to be aware of with DashLight is that it can't actually turn on the torch without unlocking the device, as that's a limitation within DashClock. That shouldn't be a deal breaker, though – it simply unlocks the device before turning on the flash, so it's still just a single tap away.

DashLight is a free extension, hit the widget to give it a go.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jonathan3579

    I personally use TeslaLED. (I don't even use the feature from Battery Widget Reborn.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/irwin.tsu Irwin Tsu

    TeslaLED widget > Dashlight "shortcut"

  • mike

    Galaxy Nexus Flashlight lock screen widget > Dashlight shortcut.

    • Freak4Dell

      Sure, I guess...if you want a giant ugly button on your lockscreen.

      • mike

        Ouch, bro. Ouch.

      • flosserelli

        Well, you can't miss THAT in the dark :P

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Gross.

  • http://twitter.com/SourabhSekhar12 Sourabh Sekhar

    i am using the same wallpaper .XD

  • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

    Wait, what? I thought Droid-Life is the official DashClock updates/mods/widgets reporter...

  • rich_bown

    I prefer "flashlight Led genius" - shake your phone from the lockscreen to turn it on or off - Genius!

    • Sergio Vázquez

      I didn't know it. Thanks!

      • rich_bown

        You have to enable it in settings, but it's one of the "must have" apps on my phone, you can quickly pull out your phone and switch the torch on, you don't even have to press the right button.

  • anzensepp1987

    I think that extensions like that rather mess up this awesome widget. DashClock is for information and not for stuff like that (switches etc.). Just my opinion...

    • Rob

      I completely agree. Why waste precious lock screen real estate when you can get to your TORCH switch by pulling down the notification drawer. (oO) ??????

      • squiddy20

        I think that might be because many people are so lazy that they'd rather press/swipe once or twice than upwards of 4 times. Admittedly, I do sometimes find it annoying to have to go through 4 "steps" to turn on the LED, but I get over it quickly enough.

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        Because you can't pull down the notification draw if your screen is locked with a PIN.

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  • spectrl

    Dev here, I just releases a pretty useful update this morning, adding an Auto-Off setting,

    • spectrl

      *released

  • Adam Miah

    If you got 'Battery Widget Reborn', then you dont need to worry about this crap. The new update includes flashlight in you notification dropdown.

  • axay

    What mean

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    Since you have the BWR extension in your DashClock already: you could also set the on-click action to "start torch" as well.

  • bobbutts

    Pull down toggle works well for me. Avoiding change.

  • troph

    Guys, just get "Flashlight LED Genius"
    It has shake to activate on lockscreen (without any widget or anything to take up space).
    This is by far the fastest/most efficient way to use flash from lock screen IMO.

  • primalxconvoy

    I haven't found one torch app for android that's of any use. What I need is a hardware button, like volume up/down, that can turn a torch on/off WITHOUT the need to turn on the screen at all. After all, by the time you've turned on the screen, you can just use... The screen and if you need anything faster or stronger than the screen (if you can't use hardware buttons), you might as well buy a torch.

    Even my basic dumbphone could do this. Why can't my smartphone?

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      If you need anything faster or stronger than the screen (if you can't use hardware buttons), you might as well buy a torch.

      This is a really strange thing to say. Why would you buy a torch instead of getting one of these apps for free AND the added convenience of having the device on you probably almost all of the time?

      • primalxconvoy

        Because, unlike my dumbphone, you have to turn on the phone, then press screen again to use the torch. My dumbphone allowed me to just hold a hardware button and instant torch.

        If I have to turn on the screen, I might as well just use the screen for illumination. If I'm in a situation where I need a much brighter light, then I probably am in she_ sort of situation that requires much faster access to a stronger light source, so then I might as well use an actual torch.

        As is, Android phones fail to deliver an service easily replicated by feature phones.

        Also, you can just add a tiny LED light to your phone/phone case, which also performs a better function:

        - http://thumb-lite.com/

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