How to add the Flashlight app to the Quick Settings dropdown on your BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10 Flashlight Tip
By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Feb 2014 05:11 pm
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One of the handy dandy new features in BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is the ability to turn on the Flashlight in a uhh.. flash from the Quick Settings drop down menu. 

On taller phones like the BlackBerry Z10, Z30 and P'9982, after you upgrade to 10.2.1 the Flashlight app is automatically added to the Quick Settings drop down (this is the menu you see when you're on the homescreen and swipe down from the top of the phone).

However, after updating to OS 10.2.1 on the Q10 and Q5, it appears BlackBerry stuck to just three rows (six shortcuts) showing by default vs. the five rows (eight shortcuts) that show up on the taller phones. And on the Q10, the Flashlight app didn't make the cut to the 10.2.1 defaults.

The good news is, you can add the Flashlight app to the Quick Settings menu in under 10 seconds. Hit up the Instagram video below to see just how easy it is:

How to add the Flashlight app to the Quick Settings Menu

If video isn't your thing, here's the step by step:

1. Go to Settings on your BlackBerry 10 phone. To get to Settings, you can either tap the "gear" icon on the homescreen, or swipe down from the top to pull down the quick settings dropdown menu, and tap Settings from there.

2. Now in the Systems Settings page, tap the option for Quick Settings. It's the sixth option down.

3. Scroll down the page of options until you come to Flashlight, and tap the box so there's now a check mark showing.

4. By default, this will place the Flashlight at the bottom of the list of shortcuts on your Quick Settings menu. However, you can reorder the shorcuts. Simply tap the icon at the bottom of the Quick Settings page that has an arrow pointing both up an down. Once tapped, you can press and hold on the icons at the far right of each row to drag up and down the Quick Settings shortcuts to reorder them. 

 

That's it! From there you'll have the Flashlight App never more than a quick swipe and tap away. We'll follow up with another more in-depth tutorial of all of the shortcuts and features offered by the Quick Settings menu, but in general this process will work for all of the different shortcuts offered. You can toggle them on and off and reorder them at will. 

 

 

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77 comments

BB Super Junior

Flashlight ftw

Aka S.Jizzle Z30STA100-5/10.2.1.1925

za_berry

Also known as Torch who using UK English

Posted from my awesome HUB enabled  Z10

Kevin Michaluk

This tip is dedicated to my sister-in-law! Both her and my bro updated their phones to 10.2.1 this weekend. He's on a Z10, she's on a Q10. When they didn't see the Flashlight app on the Q10, they pinged me on BBM and asked how to get it there. And hence, the realization that we needed a post on this was born!

And now that Instagram IS on BlackBerry 10, I think I'm going to start doing way more of these types of tutorials. Easy to pump out and they're FUN. Plus, you know, since BlackBerry 10 is so efficient I can probably show most tips in 15 seconds or less. Stay tuned for more!

BB Super Junior

I like your comments Kevin.

Aka S.Jizzle Z30STA100-5/10.2.1.1925

Koepman

And he likes your flowers

Since 2010 

Kevin Michaluk

Why thank you, good sir!

Ragbert

Thanks for this, Kevin - it will be one of the first things I add to my updated Q10 (36 hours from now, woohoo!)

By the way, before you go crazy over Instagram videos, I was unable to see the video at all, not even a still shot. Just acres of black screen. Don't know if this will automagically get fixed after the update to 10.2.1 but thought I'd mention it.

Thanks again (to your sister-in-law too) for the tip!

Posted via my Q10, SQN100-2, 10.1.0.4189

BerryRipe

Ditto man! Like short but useful tips like this! Thanks Kevin!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

mehofmann

The instagram video doesn't work...

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altrax

FYI you can swipe left and right on the quick launch drop down to access a second page of icons... so the flashlight is already a quick launch option, just on the second page

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Kevin Michaluk

That's correct, if you have more than page's worth of shortcuts enabled. From what I've seen, that isn't the case by default. After the upgrade to 10.2.1 on the Q10, only six were enabled by default. So if you to them all on, then sure... you can swipe over. But on the Q10s I've seen upgraded so far this was never the case.

 

altrax

I don't recall enabling more shortcuts, I had thought they all came enabled... but I've been running the 10.2.1 leak for a while so I must have.

Either way just thought people might want to know you don't have to limit yourself to Six quick launch icons

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Genghis2k3

Did not know that. What device do you have. I removed some icons and don't have a full first page, but this is good to know. I guess I'll still be discovering new things in the weeks to come.

Kevin Michaluk

I'm still discovering things too!

Koepman

I didn't know about the "pinch" thing
... just lately a guy told me about it... wow awesome feature! well done BlackBerry

Since 2010 

mehofmann

In the contacts app you can now selectively add to contacts accounts, couldn't do that before. So if you have outlook, icloud, MS exchange etc... you can now add a contact to the account you want listed. Used to be you had no way to do this and had to delete the contact from the account separately.

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oddboy

Great tip, thanks!

What's this pinch to zoom in the Hub about?

BRON :: a cron-like task scheduler for BlackBerry 10. Http://apps.oddelement.com

Genghis2k3

While viewing the HUB, if you "pinch" the screen (forefinger sliding down while thumb is sliding up) the list will be reduced to only the unread messages.

spikesolie

You can also set this to other things, not just unread messages

Posted via CB10

Genghis2k3

I'm still trying to figure out the "read my last email/text" feature. The voice command prompts go through the motions, but never reads the message.

bendiep1991

For some reason on my Q10, it's labelled 'Torch' now after the update

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Kevin Michaluk

Woah.. really?! Are you in the UK or something? I know in some (many?) parts of the world people call a flashlight a Torch. That's pretty cool if they localized that.

bendiep1991

I'm in Australia on Optus!

Prem WatsApp

+1

Torch ftw

(my 9810 is a great little music player)

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

sauron4

It's down as Torch for me as well - I'm in the UK, great feature that BlackBerry change it due to where you are.

Posted via CB10

Addie Jane

Yup, it's called Torch for me too, in Malaysia.

Posted via CB10

ririeisdead

Lampu Suluh also can

Q10.1055 Malaysia via CB10

CJH_

I'm in the UK, Kevin, it's "flashlight" here.

davinci4real

Nigeria. Torch

From Zuri my Z10.

the_igg

It depends on what language your phone is in. If you have it set to UK English, it will be torch. If you have it set to US English, it will be called flashlight.

jdcfinisher

I'm curious as to their thinking. Personally I would have thought they would have the same apps list for all phones under the quick settings and just limit the number that can be checked dew to the smaller screen. Seems more logical.

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stntz

That's what it is and you can add more to the list
Swipe left or right to view past one page

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Tim Aries

OMG you really need a tutorial for that?

BerryRipe

Hater!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Pilot Prop

When the 10.2.1.1055 leak came out this was one of the first changes I made. Very useful

Posted via Q10

bbfanatic2012

My Q10 has two pages. I just scroll from one page to the other to access all of the apps in quick settings. :-)

russskinner

I just made the change, and it's called "Torch" and I'm in Canada!?!

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Got UK settings?

Or is it allegiance to Her Majesty for Canadians?
Aussies got Torch, too.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

jojo beaconsfield

so now you have a torch under the Bonnet,right,HAHA

gord888

That's because, like a good Canadian, you set you language settings to English (uk) rather than English (US) .

Posted via CB10

CJH_

What's going to happen to all the free and paid torch (flashlight) apps in BlackBerry World now (inc the app's that have a torch setting)?

While I'm here, what about the screen shot apps too?

Prem WatsApp

Obsolete, that's what it's called. And devs knew it was "coming soon".

Should be standard feature of any smartphone, without the artificial need for an "app". Goodonyer, BBRY!

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Prem WatsApp

Apps fill gaps.

No gap, no app.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

CJH_

Seems like BBRY didn't have a 'flashlight' so devs would code apps therefore artificially inflating the number of apps in BlackBerry World.

Oh wait, BlackBerry would never allow their store to be filled with cr@p apps...

moonfalle

If you choose UK English u likely get torch.. as that's what I use her in Canada and I get torch.

Posted via CB10

CJH_

Done. It's now torch for me too :)

agarwal.apar

Torch here too.. India! Torch.. ehh.. 9800/9810?

Posted via CB10

FRANCIS VITTINI

I'm loving BB10.2.1! I feel I have a new phone! :)

Posted via CB10

nglfmark

Thanks Kevin. I actually did this yesterday and your post came up today. This is really a must do. The Torch is something most of us will use regularly.

Q10

Eduardo S

We need a dark background for the Hub on the Z10!!!!

Sent thru my sexy white Z10

Posted via CB10

makh2012

still waiting in vain in china, guess we hv been forgotten as always

Posted via CB10

BB10orEffOff

Until I saw your reply Kevin, I would have thought who in the hell needs this post?

Posted via CB10

ndogg1

I love having the flashlight as part of the OS without having to download an app. Use it all the time!

From the mind of a mAnIaC

tskyyc

Why the hell can't calculator be added there?

Posted via Z30

AQUA_Berry

Totally agree
Calculator should easily be accessible. We should also have the option to change the default app for flashlight or calculator. While we are wishing, why not have the option to add any app to the quick list.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Awesome idea. Any link or app in the quick settings.

Would then be more like a quick menu instead just settings / options. Oh, oh the customizations....

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

bbx93719

Learn something new everyday on the phone. Awesome.

Posted via CB10

vlad_tastic

Just got the hard shell white case from you guys for my Q10. Thank you and greetings from Abilene, TX...Love this case!

Posted via CB10

christoph77

Great stuff!!:)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

pnmaal

Why show them Kevin? They got FM radio, we Z10ers didn't #sourgrapes. :P

Posted via CB10

ChicPolice

Kevin, How do I add a VPN quick menu?

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ChicPolice

Also where is the FM radio? Can't seem to find it for the life of me

Posted via CB10

spacely_420

ever since i updated to 10.2.1.537, the Edit Order option in my music player doesnt work anymore.. i cant save the order of tracks i've rearranged, my music stops when i hit Save. my Rotation Lock option also doesn't work as easily as it used to, i have to lock and unlock my phone sometimes for it to turn to landscape ..i've not liked my z30 very much lately because of these. i'm not happy

Ameodeh

Pleas show us how to create black berry balance for Q10

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Need BES 10, which is an enterprise feature. Not really intended as a single user, unless you wanna run and install a server for yourself for fun.

http://us.blackberry.com/business/blackberry-enterprise-service-10.html

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

polytope

Five rows eight shortcuts on the Z10?

So 5 x 2 = 8? :)

Posted via CB10

msmcmillan

Wow, flashlight on the Q10? I'm missing another great feature from the 10.2 update...jeez when will Tmobile update me?(sob)

Posted via CB10

bbfanboi

Wait till you try the customized quick settings. It's makes configuring your phone so quick & easy now. It's a huge timesaver!

bbfanboi

Why is it called "Torch" on some Z10s and "Flashlight" on most others?
Oops, I see others have already brought that up!

JWNY

Thank you. That was helpful

Posted via CB10

Enon Karapici

Dear Kevin,

Thank you for your effort and the job that you do in Crackberry and (for) Blackberry).

But now that all the Blackberry users are waiting impatiently the release of the 10.2.1 around the world you should write something about those who have not received yet the update. Vodafone in Albania (but I think also around the world) it's not realeasing the update). I've been looking around the forum and there is the same situation everywhere.

Please try to update and brig some fresh news.
Regards

Wrote from unlocked Q10 with Vodafone Albania.

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prigakos

I don't see it on the z30 and I have the latest software.

Posted via CB10

msmcmillan

Yes Enon...that's a good idea...there are a majority of us without the update...(BooHoo)

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DCuthbertPhD

I tried doing this on my Q10, won't work!

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