Notifications LED has been a native feature on android smartphones for a long time now. They keep reminding us that we have one last unread message, or one missed call that we haven’t attended to, by constantly blinking maybe a red, green, blue or yellow light (depending on your manufacturer’s choice), so we can be conscious of what’s going on in our social lives.
So with all these benefits of notifications LED on our smartphones, who would be careless enough to remove them on their smartphones?
No one, but Samsung.
So it is nothing new actually, they already did it for the first time on the Galaxy S10 models, and now they’ve repeated themselves on the new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Plus models.
So in a bid to stretch the displays on the new Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones as far as possible, while maintaining reasonable phone overall form factor, and at the same time, avoiding Apple’s notch, they came up with the hole punch camera design.
That is, cutting an actual hole inside the displays of these smartphones.
Now there’s no doubts that these hole punch designs looks really cool on these smartphones, and in fact, even the likes of Huawei are already joining the trend, and there’s a rumor that the next OnePlus flagship for next year, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, will be coming with one as well.
So aside being cool, Samsung had to cut corners in order to achieve that futuristic look on their smartphones. And what is it?
They had to do away with some of the hardware that usually sits inside that top bezel, and one of those hardware happened to be the good old notifications LED.
So if you’ve been using maybe the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, the S10, or even the new Note models, you should have known by now that these phones do not have a native notifications LED, and instead, you have to rely on the “Always-on-display” feature to see your notifications at a glance.
Now personally i don’t have a problem with that, i mean i can live without a native notifications LED on my smartphone, but for those who can’t live without it even for a day, probably maybe because your lives depend on it, today we’ll be showing you how to use the hole punch camera cutouts on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ smartphones, as a notifications LED.
Something that looks like this..
So without further ado, let’s get started..
How to use the hole punch camera cutout as a notifications LED on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10+
Setting up notifications LED on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Step 1
So first thing first, we’re gonna have to download an app called “Always on Edge” from the Play Store, and give access to the necessary permissions that it requires.
So you can download the app by clicking on the button that says install below, when you’re done downloading, you should open it and give access to the required permissions.
Setting up notifications LED on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Step 2
Now i want to believe that at this time, your app should be up and running.
Now the next thing you should do is to click on the settings menu that is located at the top-most corner of the app interface, and you should greeted with a ton of customization options that you can play around with.
So at this point, scroll or swipe all the way down until you see the option that says “When a notification comes“.
Tap on the check box to enable it, and you will be given three more options that lets you choose when always on display should be activated.
The first one says “when screen is off“, the second is “when screen is on” and the last is “always on or off“.
In this case we’ll be making use of when a notification comes in, and the display is turned off, which happens to be the first option. So select the options accordingly and let’s move to the next steps quickly.
And then in addition to that, you should as set a reminder or time interval at which the always on display should repeat itself. The default is “repeat for 8 secs every 30 secs”.
Setting up notifications LED on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Step 3
Now just below those options we just finished talking about above, you will see another option that has this red “IMPORTANT” label on it. And it says “select enabled apps and its color and time” .
This is the option that allows you select what apps that should activate “Always on display” whenever they get a notification. More like selecting what apps that should work with the native notifications LED whenever they get a notification.
So just tap on the “IMPORTANT” options, and select “Enable All“.
But if for any reasons, you don’t want to enable all apps, you can scroll through the list of apps and disable whichever one that you don’t want.
You can as well set separate color of notification for separate apps, the time and all that.
After you’re done selecting your apps, the next thing you should set is decide if “Always on display” should work when the phone is charging and a notification comes in.
The same options you had for “when notification comes in” are the same options that you have here as well. So just set it up the way you want it, and let’s move on to the next step.
Now this is the most important part of this setup. We’re gonna set the “always on display” feature to light up on around the camera cutouts of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ smartphones.
Something that looks like this..
So when you keep scrolling down, you should see a yellow labeled option that says “Enable edge lighting“. And as usual, tap on the check box behind it to enable it.
You will be given four more options to choose from, just forget about the rest and select the one that says “around notch only“.
And in addition to that, you can set how large or small that you want the notch lighting to be by adjusting its width and height. And you can do that by checking the box that says “enable notch support“.
Now you should go to the next option that says “Edge styles”, and from there you can select the effects or animations of the notch whenever a notification comes in.
There are seven of them there, so you can test each one individually, to know which one works best for you.
After that, you can set the color of the notifications. You have the options to choose the mixture of several colors, or just set it to a single color, two colors, or a mixture of just three.
Setting up notifications LED on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Last step
After setting everything up the way they should be. The last thing we have to do is save and settings so everything we did could start working the next minute we get a notification on our Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
And to do that, scroll or swipe all the down until the see the save button. Tap on it, and you’ll be given three ways to save your settings.
You can either choose to watch a 30 secs video for free, or simply purchase the app which is $0.99, or if you kind or generous enough, you can decide to pay $2 for both purchasing and support.
And you’ve saved your setting, the next time a notification comes into your phone, you should have this glow around the camera cutouts of your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ smartphones, which looks really cool.
Alright guys, so that’s all about setting up notifications LED for your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones by making use of their camera cutouts.
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