The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones were the first to come with the iconic hole punch camera cutout on their displays, and as such, they do not come with the native notification LED.
And because of that, today I’ll be showing you two practical ways in which you can use the camera hole punch cutouts on these phones as a customized hole punch inspired notification LED.
Something that ends up looking this way by the moment we’re done setting it up.
Looks cool right? If yes, then let’s get started. #enjoy.
So like i said earlier, I’ll be showing two different approaches in which you can achieve this. The first one makes use of Samsung’s “EdgeLighting+” feature which is found deep inside the Samsung Good Lock app.
While the second one follows a more technical approach, but offers you more options to customize your hole punch notification LED in many ways, and for that, we’ll be making use of a third-party app, the “Always-on Edge” app which is available for free on the Google Play store.
So with that out of the way, let us begin with the first approach. And just you know, you can quickly skip this first approach and jump down to the second approach when you tap on the link below. ⤵
How to setup a customized hole punch inspired notification LED on Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus phones, using Samsung Good Lock app.
First thing first, head over to Galaxy store with your Samsung phone and download the Good Lock app from there, but wait, there’s a slight issue.
And what is it?
Fact is, the Good Lock app is currently not available in all locations worldwide, so depending on your location, you might not see it when you search for it on the Samsung Galaxy store, but still give it a try though to see if you might be lucky.
So good luck to those who were able to find it on theirs, but for those who couldn’t, well then I guess this might just be the best time for you to jump straight to the second part of this tutorial.
Jump To Second Method: Setting up a customized hole punch notification LED, using Always-on Edge app.
Go ahead and open the app, it should be running on its latest version by the way. On the app’s home screen, you should see some options that look like the ones from the screenshot below.
These options are called modules, and they are more or less like individual apps that can be installed and used separately, depending on what aspect of your phone’s UI that you want to customize.
Now take a look at the bottom portion of your phone’s display, and you should see two separate options, the first one says “Unit“, while the second one says “Family“. Simply tap on the one that says “Family“.
Once you do so, you’ll be taken to a new page that looks like this very one shown above, and here you’ll see some additional options (or modules in this case) like the ones from the previous page.
Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus Notification LED – Step Three
From the new options(modules) shown to you, tap on the one that says “EdgeLighting+” and you’ll be taken back to Samsung’s Galaxy store, where you’ll be required to download and install this module.
Quickly do so, and when you’re done, go back to Good Lock app to open it, and the moment you do so, you’ll be greeted with this new screen, from where you can customize the edge lighting function of your Samsung Galaxy phone, using any one of the provided edge lighting styles shown to you.
From the numerous lighting styles shown to you, look for and select the one that “Black Hole”.
Once you do so, you should see a light ring glowing around the camera hole punch cutout of your Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus phone as a form of a preview.
From this same page, you can further customize things such as the color and duration of the lighting effect. So, make sure to take your time to tweak and customize things to your taste, and don’t forget to save your settings before leaving the page.
After doing all that, the next time you get a new notification on your phone, be it a missed call, an unread message, notifications from your social media apps, and whatnot, you should see the light ring hovering over the camera hole punch cutout of your Samsung Galaxy phone. #cheers.
Now let’s see how we can do the same thing using the “Always-on Edge” app for the sake of those who are currently restricted from using the Good Lock app and its modules, due to their location, and that brings us to the second section of this tutorial session.
How to setup a customized hole punch inspired notification LED on Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus phones, using “Always-on Edge” app.
So like I said earlier, this method gives you more control and customization options that you can apply at will to your custom notification LED to make it standout from the crowd, but the entire process takes a much longer time and might require a little bit of technical know-how.
And we’re start by going to Google Play store and try downloading the Always-on Edge app, or you can as well do same by simply tapping on the button that says “Install” below.
After you’re done downloading it, and probably installed it as well, open it for the first time and you’d be taken to the app’s homepage, and it looks something like this.
Please take note that the app's entire interface is bound to change due to subsequent updates from it developers, so yours might be different from what is currently shown here.
From the app’s homepage, select the first option which says “Main Settings“, and you’ll be taken to a new page that looks like this.
This page lets you to grant access to the “Required” and “Optional” permissions that the app will request from you in order to work properly on your phone.
so tap on any of the displayed tabs, and you should have something like this. ⤵
For starters, I’d advise that you choose your settings the same way they’ve been set for you from the screenshot above, and don’t forget to save your settings when you’re done.
Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus Notification LED – Step Three
Go back to the app’s homepage, and this time, select the second option which is labeled as “App Settings“, and you should have something that looks this way.
This page allows you to set how you want the app to interact with your phone, it gives you the freedom to choose what activities on your phone that can trigger the app’s functionality to come on, activities such as when you receive a new notification on your phone, or when you plug it to charge, when you plug in your earphones, etc.
For the sake what this tutorial is all about, we’ll be setting this app to only work when we receive a new notification, and our phone’s screen is off. See? just like it works in real life.
So once again, tap on the first expandable tab, and you should have something like this.
Don’t forget to save your settings once you’re done, and let’s move over to the next step.
Find your back to the app’s homepage, and this time, tap on the third option which says “Lighting Settings“, and you should be seeing a new page that looks like this.
This is the page that allows you to insert and customize the hole punch notification LED on your Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus phones.
The amount of customization one can do on this page is simply endless and might be overwhelming for some, so I’ll advise that you start first by positioning the light ring correctly, so that it aligns properly with your phone’s camera hole punch cutout, and to do so, follow the following steps.
- First of all, make sure that the option that says “Enable Edge Lighting” is enabled as you could see from the picture above.
- Now scroll down a bit and expand the tab that says “Enable Notch Support“, from there, enable the option itself that says “Enable Notch Support“, and make sure that yours is set to “Adjust Manually“.
- For “Notch Type“, select “O” because that is definitely the shape of the camera hole punch cutout on your Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 plus phones.
- Now take your eyes down a little bit, and you should see three positioning options which you can choose from, “Right, Left and Center“. Select the one that says “Right“.
- After doing that, you should see a slider option that is labeled as “Top (set 0 if not hole)“, use this to move the notification LED either upwards or downwards, and a second slider just below the three positional options, this one is used to move the notification LED either to the left or right. (see screenshot below to get a better understanding).
- Use the slider that is labeled as “Notch Height” to increase or reduce the size of the light ring in case it is bigger or smaller than the actual hole punch cutout on your phone.
- Now go all the way down and stop at the option which says “Lighting Placement“, tap on it to expand it, and from there, select the option that says “Around Notch Only”, and once you do so, you should see that the other edge lights that were shown around the edges of your phone screen will disappear, while leaving you with just the one that is shown around the camera hole punch cutout of your phone.. Cool right?
Now, if you have successfully inserted the notification LED, which is the light ring in this case, and you have properly positioned it so that it aligns with the actual hole punch cutout on your phone, the next thing you want to do, and that which you’ll find so much fun in doing is to start customizing it in whatever way you like.
You can start by adding things like color, you even have the freedom to mix up to three colors at a time, you can change the edge lighting style, effects, speed, etc.
So you see, i told you the level and amount of customization that you can literally do on this thing is simply endless.
Take as much time as you want to customize your notification LED how you want it, and don’t forget to save your settings before leaving the page.
Now that we have finally set everything up to our taste both in terms of positioning and styling, then it is time that we take the app for a spin by testing it to see if everything is working the way they should.
So go ahead and close the app, please make sure that your settings are saved, you can also go ahead and turn off your phone’s display. Now use a second phone to send maybe a quick text message to your phone.
And when you do so, if you’ve set up everything properly, you should see the light ring circling around the hole punch cutout of your Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus phones. #cheers…
And that will be all for today on how to setup a customized hole punch inspired notification LED on your Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus smartphones.
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