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    I just went to install a flashlight app on my Nexus 5 from the Play Store. It appears the most popular one is:



    4-1/2 stars; 1,049,363 downloads; 331,229 Recommend this on Google

    According to its description,all it does is turn on light, strobe the light, and have a pretty display.

    When I went to install it, I saw the following for the permissions it wants:

    This app has access to these permissions:
    Network communication
    view network connections
    full network access
    view Wi-Fi connections
    receive data from Internet
    Phone calls
    read phone status and identity
    Storage
    modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    Your applications information
    retrieve running apps
    Camera
    take pictures and videos
    Development tools
    change system display settings
    System tools
    modify system settings
    test access to protected storage
    Affects battery
    control flashlight
    prevent device from sleeping
    My jaw dropped. Needless to say, I didn't install it (yet look at all the others who did install it). If I remember correctly, Google withdrew the tool that initially was on this phone for selectively disabling permissions of apps. Is there another one out there that's reputable and good?
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    That sure seems excessive. I recommend Power Toggles, which is very versatile and powerful. The developer also explains why the app needs each permission.

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    A lot of apps ask for permissions that aren't needed and that those apps never use. On the other hand, more permissions are often needed to perform a trivial-sounding task than most might believe. Sometimes apps have settings that need access to different permissions. For example, a flashlight app could conceivably have a control allowing the user to disable it when connected to certain WiFi networks, in which case it would need network access. It may also provide an option to enable or disable during phone calls. It depends, and you don't know the justifications until after installing an app and going through its settings.

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    Try Nexus Torch. Only 2 permissions, camera, and not letting the phone sleep. Great app.

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    I use DroidLight. Minimal permissions,
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    If you use DashClock widget, they have a flashlight extension. It's the one I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lessnau View Post
    I just went to install a flashlight app on my Nexus 5 from the Play Store. It appears the most popular one is:

    4-1/2 stars; 1,049,363 downloads; 331,229 Recommend this on Google
    Funny how the promotional video at play store shows the light visible from space!
    But let common sense prevail - the app does not need all those permissions, so personally, I'd skip it - especially because there are many alternatives available (power toggles is my recommendation too, but a flashlight app is really not brain surgery, so almost any app will suffice)
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    I found this tutorial code on turning the camera flash into a flashlight on Android:



    It's bare-bones, but as expected, the only permission it needs is access to the camera.

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