Update: Phones now have the ability to act as a magnifying glass without MagLight Plus. Check out How to Use Your Phone as a Magnifying Glass for more information.
What’s the handiest app you have on your phone? If you often find yourself in the dark, one of your phone’s most useful functions may be as a flashlight. Whether you’re camping, experiencing a blackout, or getting out of bed in the middle of the night, having a flashlight on your phone can be extremely convenient.
Your two primary sources of light on your phone are the light for your phone’s camera flash and the light on your phone’s screen. The app Mag Light Plus makes use of your iPhone camera’s flash and zoom features to illuminate and magnify your view.
MagLight Plus can magnify objects up to 10X so you can see things clearly in the light or dark. If you’re trying to read a menu in a dimly lit restaurant, find a small item that rolled under your couch, or see without your glasses, MagLight Plus can help you.
Opening the app lets you see the view through your iPhone’s camera lens. You can turn on the light of the camera flash by pressing the icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. To magnify, move the zoom slider from left to right. Press the camera icon to take a picture.
This past weekend I needed to replace an outlet cover in my daughter’s bedroom. I wanted to cut the electricity to her room but the circuit breaker panel is in a dark corner of our house and the breaker switch numbers are difficult to see. I used MagLight Plus to shine a light onto the panel and then zoomed in to see the switch numbers so I could flip the proper one to cut the electricity to her room.
With the electricity turned off, seeing the outlet in her darkened room became nearly impossible. I used Mag Light Plus to shine its light on the outlet. I magnified my view of the outlet cover’s tiny screw and screw hole then completed the job easily.
Mag Light Plus is available for iPhone 4/4S/5 and iPod Touch 5th generation for $0.99.
For Android users, check out Amazing Flashlight, free in Google Play.
Have you ever struggled to see in the dark? Have you used your phone as a flashlight or magnifying glass before? What’s your handiest app? Let us know in the Comments section below!
The developer of MagLight Plus just provided me with some promo codes so Wonder of Tech readers can get this app for free. Please email me at Carolyn@wonderoftech.com if you are interested in getting a promo code for this app.
Uber Ice Cream
Uber, the on-demand car service, is launching on-demand ice cream today in Philadelphia and in 32 other cities around the world from 11am-5pm. By using the Uber app on your smartphone, you can summon an ice cream truck to come to your location and deliver ice cream right to you. In Philadelphia a Mr. Softee truck arrives and $25 buys you an Ice Cream Bundle (5 pieces of ice cream and an Uber Tank Top).
Use Promo Code ICECREAM for $20 off your first Uber car ride. Find out more information about Uber Ice Cream from the Uber website.
Thanks to Wonder of Tech reader Leslie for suggesting MagLight Plus for review!