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 digital 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 joining the trend already, and there’s a rumor that the next OnePlus flagship for this 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 S10e, S10, the S10 Plus, 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+
So first thing first, we’re gonna have to download an app called AOE “Always on Edge” from the Play Store, and give access to the necessary permissions that it requires.
You can as well download the app by clicking on the button that says install below.
Now i want to believe that at this time, your app should be up and running, and you should be looking at an interface that looks exactly like this.
Although the app interface might change due to subsequent future updates, but all the same, they should pretty much do the same thing.
Now the next thing you should do is to click on first button that says “Main Settings“, and you should be greeted with a new interface that looks this way.
Quite confusing right? Well for starters, you can just select your options to the exact same way they are set on the photo, but for those who just wants to play around or take things into their own hands, you can go ahead and tinker with the numerous options.
After you’ve finished selecting your options, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page, and tap the “Save” button. You will be given some more options of saving your settings.
You can either choose to watch a free video ad, or just purchase the app for $2 and save yourself the stress of watching video ads whenever you want to save your settings, or you can either buy and support for whether $3,4 or $5 respectively.
So quickly save the settings for that one, and let’s move on to the next step. #Cheers…
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Plus LED Notifications – Step Three
Now go back to the app’s homepage, and click on the next option that says “App Settings“, and you should be greeted with an interface that looks this way.
Again for starters, you can select your options, using the exact same way that they are selected on the photo, or you can go ahead and play around with the different settings, making sure you preview each changes you make before going to the next.
Don’t forget to save your setting before leaving the page. Now let’s move over to the next step.
After you’ve saved your settings made in step four above, now go back to the app’s main page, and go to the next option that says “Lighting Settings“, and you should have an interface that looks like this.
Now this is the portion of the app that will let us set the always-on display or edge lighting feature, to show only around the hole punch camera cutouts of our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus smartphones, in a way that it mimics a native LED notifications system.
So the thing here is, you should select your options the exact same way that they are shown on both photos above, but when you get to the point where you see three buttons that says “Right, Left & Center“, select the one that says “Center“, because why not, the hole punches of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 10 Plus are located at the center of their displays.
And you can also adjust how fat and tall that the edge lighting should be, by making use of the slider buttons that says “Notch width & Notch height” respectively.
You can also play around with the different edge lighting styles, colors, etc.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Plus LED Notifications – Step Five
Now by right, i’m supposed to end this tutorial section here, but just for the sake of those who still want more customization, go back to the app’s homepage and click on the option that says “Extra Widgets“.
The settings on this portion of the app are not really necessary and doesn’t really interfere from everything we’ve been setting up so far.
Just as the name is pronounced, they’re just extra widgets that you can add to your phone’s always-on display feature. Widgets such as different clock faces, bouncing balls for notifications, etc.
Now if you setup everything correctly as it was shown on this tutorial, and you made sure that you properly adjusted the edge lighting feature to your phone’s hole punch camera cutout, then when next you get a notification on your phone, you should have something that looks this way.
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