Use the Flashlight on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Have you ever found yourself in the dark stumbling around, maybe fumbling for your keys and wishing you had a flashlight? Well, with the Samsung Galaxy S7, you no longer have to worry about this. That's because the Galaxy S7 has a built-in flashlight. That's right. With the press of a button, you can get the flashlight to come on and light up your surroundings. There are also a number of applications you can download to get a flashlight on your S7. However, nothing really beats the built-in flashlight application for Android. In the tutorial below we are going to show you how to turn on the flashlight on your S7.

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Turn on the Flashlight from a Locked Phone

If you have a password, fingerprint, pattern, or other lock for your lock screen, you can still easily use the flashlight. Read on to learn how to use the flashlight from the lock screen of your Galaxy S7.

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    You will need to press the home button to open the lock screen
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    Note that you could also press the power button. However, as a general rule, it is much easier to press the home button when you are stumbling around in the dark. The choice, of course, is up to you.
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    Once you have pressed the home button, swipe down from the top of the lock screen with one finger
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    This will open the notification panel. Here is where you will find the flashlight icon.
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    In order to locate the flashlight icon, swipe from left to right across the notification icons
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    You will find that the flashlight is the very last icon. This is the default setup. It is possible to change it and set the flashlight as one of your first icons. We discuss this in our tutorial on how to rearrange icons in the notification panel. Note that you could also swipe down with two fingers instead of one, which would open the full set of icons.
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    Once you see the flashlight icon, press one time to turn on the flashlight
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    You will know that the flashlight is on because the flashlight icon will change to blue. Of course, you should also see the flashlight shining.
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    When you turn the flashlight on, you will see a pop-up that indicates 'Flashlight turned on'.
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    To turn the flashlight off, you may press either the flashlight icon or the 'turn off' button
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    Both of these buttons will turn off the flashlight.
    • Note that it is not recommended that you leave the flashlight on for extended periods of time. Leaving it on will significantly drain your battery. It can also damage the flash if used excessively over long periods of time.
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Turn on the Flashlight from an Unlocked Phone

It is also possible to turn the flashlight on from an unlocked phone. Therefore, rather than turning your phone around and holding the screen in front of you, you could simply enable the flashlight. Read on to learn how to turn your flashlight on when the phone is unlocked.

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    From any screen of your unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7, swipe down with one finger to open the notifications panel.
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    Once you have opened the notifications panel, swipe from right to left across the notification icons.
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    The last icon will be your flashlight.
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    Tap one time on the flashlight icon to turn on the flashlight
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    Note that as soon as you pick up or move your phone, the notification panel will close
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    You will see that our flashlight is currently turned on. You will also see that in the upper left-hand corner, there is a flashlight icon shown in the notifications area.
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    In order to turn off the flashlight, simply swipe down from the top of the phone to open the notification panel
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    Then, either press the flashlight icon or the turn off bar in the notifications panel. Your flashlight should now be turned off.
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Additional Tips

  • Never shine the flashlight in your eyes or the eyes of a person or animal. It is a very powerful light that can damage your eyes. This is especially true of small children or animals, which can have permanent eye damage caused by these bright lights.

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My built in flashlight stop working?

My built in flashlight stop working

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Brand new (yesterday) S7 Flashlight icon won't activate flashlight?

Flashlight doesn't work. icon won't change color, No light. I have tried: Removed "other" flashlight app. Phone was restored from a backed up S6 using Samsung Smart Switch .. I think it was caused by: Disregard, I just restarted phone and NOW icon works!!! Thanks for allowing me to talk this through "out loud" and find my own solution! Have a great weekend!

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