Notifications LED has been a native feature on android smartphones for a long time now. They are always there to remind us that we have one last unread message, one missed call that haven’t been attended to, or one new social media notification, by constantly blinking either 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.
Or well let’s say, Samsung started it (with the Galaxy S10 smartphones), then other manufacturers followed suit.
So why did they do that? Simple, and i bet you already know the story..
In a bid to stretch the display sizes of their new smartphones (started with the Galaxy S10 models) as far as possible, while still maintaining a reasonable overall phone factor or size, and at the same time, avoiding Apple’s invented and inspired notch design.
So they came up with the hole punch camera design, that is, cutting an actual hole, i mean a physical hole, on the displays of these new smartphones in question, then fitting in the front facing camera(s) in there, because there was no space left at the top bezel of the phone where such components like the front facing camera usually stay.
And that was not all, aside from the front facing camera which they managed to figure out a way to tuck it inside the phone’s screen, there was no way they were going to fit the rest components that stays at the top bezel of the phone inside the phone’s screen just as they did for the front facing camera, because that would mean drilling multiple holes on the screen, and making it look ugly, even uglier than having an iPhone’s inspired notch design.
So they had no other choice but to do away with those components, and with one of them being the good old native notifications LED light.
So if you’ve been using any of the recent Samsung phones starting with the Galaxy S10 and S20 models, the Note 10, 10 Plus and the recently launched Note 20 models, or even some of their 2020 A-series smartphones like the Galaxy A51 and A71 models, you should know by now that these phones do not have a native notifications LED light, 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 depended on it or something, today we’ll be showing you two ways that you can setup a “hole punch inspired” LED notifications system or light, on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10, 10 Plus, Note 20 and 20 Ultra smartphones.
Something that looks like this..
So without further ado, let’s get started.. #Enjoy..
2 Medthods to setup “Hole Punch Inspired” Notifications LED Light on Samsung Galaxy Note 10, 10 Plus, Note 20 & 20 Ultra smartphones.
The first method is pretty simple and straightforward, and will help you achieve a basic result in less than 5mins, while for the second method, it gives you more control and customisation over things, but you’d have to spend more time and pay close attention to the app, as well this tutorial.
So let’s get started.
Psst.. You can click on the link below to quickly jump to the second method..
Alright, now let’s get started..
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 20 Hole Punch Inspired LED Notifications – Method 1
For this method, we’ll be using Samsung’s “EdgeLighting +” app that is already provided in its Good Lock app, which in turn can be found and downloaded from Samsung’s Galaxy store on your Samsung smartphone.
So go to Galaxy Store, search for the app named “Good Lock“, download and install it, then let’s get to work.
Open the Good Lock application, and at the bottom of your phone’s screen, you’ll see two options, the first one is labelled as “Unit“, which happens to be the app’s homepage and probably the screen you’re currently looking at, while the current one says “Family“.
Tap on the one that says “Family” and let’s move over to the next step.
While in the Family’s page, from the list of options shown to you, locate the one that says “EdgeLighting +” and tap on it to install it. After installation, tap on it again to open it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 20 (Ultra) hole punch notifications LED – Step Three
While in the EdgeLighting+ app homepage, you will see some option that let’s you enable and customise Samsung’s iconic edge lighting feature that always comes up whenever you have a new notification if already enabled.
But that isn’t what we are here to do today, but instead, we want to move the edge lighting feature from the edge of your phone’s screen where they originally used to be, now to around the hole punch camera cutout of your smartphone.
So that when next you have a new notification, you will see a ring of light circling around the hole punch camera cutouts of your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 20 smartphones, instead of at the edge of their displays.
So once again from the app’s homepage, tap on the first option that says “Effect“, and select the last option which is located at the far right hand side of your phone’s display, and it’s labelled as “Eclipse“, and once you do so, you should see the ring of light circling around your phone’s hole punch camera cutout as a preview.
Aside from setting the Edge Lighting effect, you can further go ahead to customise things a little bit with the few options that are provided to you by Samsung.
You can change the color and duration of the Edge Lighting LED notifications effect as the options to do so have been provided to you on the app’s homescreen.
So quickly setup everything to your taste, make sure you save your settings by tapping on the option that says “Done” at the bottom of your phone’s screen.
Once you do so, from then henceforth, anytime you have a notification and your phone’s screen is off, you should see your custom-made notifications LED light come to life.
How to setup Hole Punch Inspired Notifications LED on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 20 smartphones – Method 2
Like i explained earlier, this method will give you more control and various customisation options that you can play with while setting up the notifications LED, but take note that the process to achieve this might be a little stressful, confusing and overwhelming at some point, but if you follow the steps which will be listed below religiously, you should have your own custom-made hole punch inspired LED notifications light in no time.
So let’s get started.
First thing first, we’ll have to download this app called AOE “Always on Edge” from Google Play Store, and grant it access to the necessary permissions that it requires.
You can do so 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 even it does, they should pretty much look alike nevertheless.
Now select the first option which says “Main settings” and a new page should be opened to you. From this new page, make sure to select your options the same way they have been selected as shown on the image below.
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.
So quickly save the settings for that one, and let’s move on to the next step.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 20 (Ultra) hole punch 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.
Now for starters, you can decide to pick your options same way that they are selected from the screenshots above, or if you want to go gangster, you can go ahead and tinker with the numerous options, enabling and disabling them one after the other, to see what each one does, while making sure you preview every change you make, before going to the next.
When you’re done, don’t forget to save your setting before leaving the page, and let’s move over to the next step.
After you’ve saved your settings made in step three above, now go back to the app’s homepage and select next option which says “Lighting Settings“, and you should have an interface that looks like this.
Now this is the portion of the app that lets you customise the look and feel of your hole punch inspired notifications LED.
So once again for starters, you can choose your options the same way that they have been chosen for you from the screenshots above, but when you get to the point where you’ll have to select the position of your phone’s hole punch camera cutout, from the three options shown to you, namely; “Right, Left & Center“, select the one that says “Center“, because the hole punch camera cutouts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 20 smartphones are located at the center location of their displays.
▪ You can also adjust how fat or thin that the edge lighting should be, by making use of the slider buttons that says “Edge Thickness“.
▪ You can also set how big or small that you want the circle created by the edge lighting effect around your phone’s hole punch camera cutout to be, by making use of the slider that says “Notch Height“.
▪ You can set “Notch Width” and “Curve Radius” options to “0” and “1” respectively, as they don’t really have any effect at this point.
▪ Then lastly, to make sure that the edge lighting effect is properly aligned with your phone’s hole punch camera cutout, you should try adjusting the slider for the option that says “Top (set 0 if not hole)“.
After making sure that everything has been aligned properly the way you want it to be, you can ahead and play around with the different lighting effects and colors.
The level of customisation which you can do on this app is just endless, you can change the behavior of the lighting effect around your camera cutout, you can mix various (max 3) colors together, and every other form of customisation that you can think of.
Don’t forget to save your settings when you’re done, and then let’s see other things that this app has to offer.
Now aside from setting and customizing hole punch inspired notifications on your smartphones, this app also gives you a handful of cool live animated wallpapers that you can choose from.
Only thing you can only have access to these wallpapers when you purchase the premium version of the app.
So if you’re interested to check them out, you can go back to the app’s homescreen, and the very top of the page, you should see the option that says “Animated Wallpapers“, click on it, and take your time to view all the various cool looking animated wallpapers that are provided.
Okay, now back to our hole punch notifications LED. If you have followed all the steps listed in this tutorial carefully and correctly, you can take finally take it for a spin by turning off your phone’s screen and try sending a message to your phone using a different phone, and you should see your new LED notifications light come to life.
So that’s all about setting up custom-made LED notifications light on our Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus, Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones.
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