Not every Android phone is built with a front facing flash. That can become a problem when you need to see yourself to take a selfie, only to realize there’s not enough light to take a good picture. When your Android phone doesn’t come with a front facing flash, what do you do? Do you get in the fetal position?

No, in fact, there are several options you can look into that will provide your Android phone with a front facing flash, even if you don’t have the hardware for it.

How to Use Selfie Flash

What makes Selfie Flash not only perfect for what you’re looking for, but it doubles as being able to work with social media apps such as Snapchat and Instagram. By providing an overlay over your camera app, it can increase your screen’s brightness to create the illusion that you’re using a front facing flash.

Before you can make use of Selfie Flash, you’ll have to head into your Settings after you’ve installed Selfie Flash.

1. Locate and launch the Settings app.

2. Scroll down your Settings menu until you locate Apps. Select it.

3. Now in your Apps menu, you’ll see a gear icon in the top right corner of your screen. That’s Configure Apps. Go ahead and tap it.

Draw over othe apps

4. In the drop down menu, choose “Draw over othe apps.”

5. Find Selfie Flash and enable “Permit drawing over other apps.”

6. Locate and launch the Selfie Flash app. Its app icon is a white lightning bolt within a color wheel. You can open the Selfie Flash app from one of your home screens. If you can’t find the Selfie Flash app on your home screen, check inside your App Drawer.

7. Once launched, tap the checkmark in the bottom right corner of your screen.

adjust the size of the flash

8. From here you can adjust the size of the flash, a flash timer, even color. However, before you can do all that, make sure the slider at the top of the menu is moved to the right. By default it’s set to “Stopped.”

Allow permissions

9. When you moved the slider, Selfie Flash will ask for permissions. Tap Allow. Otherwise Selfie Flash won’t work. When it’s enabled, it will say “Running.”

10. Locate and launch the Camera app. You can open the Camera app from one of your home screens. If you can’t find the Camera app on your home screen, check inside your App Drawer.

Selfie Flash button

11. Now, you’ll notice a white ring on your camera screen. That’s the Selfie Flash button. To activate your front facing flash, tap the Selfie Flash button. It will display a large ring around your screen, indicating your front facing flash is ON.

taking picture

12. Take a picture.

Download Selfie Flash for: Android

How to Use Front Flash

Using Selfie Flash is absolutely great and comes with a great set of features, especially the colors. However, it’s a bit of a hassle to get working, bouncing back and forth between menus and such.

If you want something quick and simple, then Front Flash is exactly what it advertises. It’s easy to use, simple, and does the job.

1. Locate and launch the Front Flash app.

2. The first time you open Front Flash, give it permission to access what it needs. Tap Allow.

screen brightness

3. Before you take a picture, adjust your screen brightness on the right hand side using the slider. This can help provide adequate lighting.

Flash

4. Next, tap the Flash icon in the top right corner of your screen, the lightning bolt. This will add a white border around your face, increasing the brightness of your screen.

5. Take a picture.

Download Front Flash for: Android

As you can see, whether you’re looking for something robust or minimalist, there’s almost always an app that can fill in any lackluster features your Android may be lacking. You may have also noticed that these apps utilize your screen brightness to provide a front facing flash, which bypasses the need to have a dedicated front facing flash built into your Android. See? You don’t even need the hardware to have a front facing flash.