February 1, 2023
Avery Del Miller/Shutterstock.com Smartphones come with a fairly powerful built-in flashlight that is so convenient and easy to use. But you should stop relying on it (and putting your phone in peril) right now. Why Stop Using Your Phone as a Flashlight? In the past we’ve strongly recommended you stop using flashlight apps on your…

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Smartphones come with a fairly powerful built-in flashlight that is so convenient and easy to use. But you should stop relying on it (and putting your phone in peril) right now.

Why Stop Using Your Phone as a Flashlight?

In the past we’ve strongly recommended you stop using flashlight apps on your phone. I’ll take that a step further and recommend you stop, in most instances, using the flashlight altogether.

I won’t pretend that I never use my phone flashlight. Most people have their phones on them 24/7, and the little LED flash on most smartphones, in flashlight mode, can throw about 40-50 lumens of illumination. You can adjust the flashlight brightness on your phone, but that doesn’t help enough. Your Apple Watch has a flashlight mode, but it also doesn’t work as well as it needs to.

For those impromptu moments where you need to find something you dropped under the bed or you’re looking for something in your purse in a dark car, an ultra-compact flashlight built into a device you’re already carrying is amazing.

But smartphones are…

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