How to Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10


Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

How many times have you been immersed in a captivating virtual experience and…
  1. Wanted to take a quick peek at someone nearby?
  2. Wanted to reach for a drink, your phone or a keyboard?
  3. Needed to find a surface to set down your controllers?

In the past you probably fumbled about or removed your headset, which can be clumsy if you have controllers in your hands.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17723, Microsoft added the ability to peer into your physical environment through Flashlight – without removing your headset.

You can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive, and keeps you immersed.

Flashlight finally allows you to mix your physical and virtual realities.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality to peer into your physical environment on your Windows 10 PC.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Open and Use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality using Start Menu
  • Option Two: Open and Use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality using Motion Controller
  • Option Three: Open and Use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality using Voice Command


EXAMPLE: Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight
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Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10
Open and Use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality using Start Menu

1. While using the Mixed Reality Portal app for mixed reality, press the Windows button on your motion controller to open the Start menu. (see screenshot below)

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2. Select the Flashlight icon on the Start menu to toggle it on or off. (see screenshots below)

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Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10
Open and Use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality using Motion Controller

1. While using the Mixed Reality Portal app for mixed reality, press the Windows + Grab buttons on your motion controller to toggle Flashlight on or off. (see screenshot below)

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Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10
Open and Use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality using Voice Command


This option requires having speech recognition turn on in Windows Mixed Reality.

1. While using the Mixed Reality Portal app for mixed reality, say the voice command below you want to use.

Flashlight on

OR

Flashlight off


That's it,
Shawn