How To Setup & Make Use Of A Custom-Made Hole Punch Inspired Notification LED On Samsung Galaxy S21, S20 & S20 FE

Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 smartphones do not come with a native notification LED, and this is because Samsung has unapologetically done away with this feature on its smartphones since the days of Galaxy S10 models

But not to worry in case you’re a lover of the good old notification LED, cause today, I’m gonna show you ways in which you can use the camera hole punch cutout on your Galaxy S20 and S21 phones, as a customized hole punch inspired notification LED system.

Something that will end up this way by the time we’re done setting everything up.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED

Cool right? If yes, then let’s get started. #enjoy.

So to begin with, I’ll be showing you two different ways in which you can achieve this, with the second method giving you a different and higher level of customization than the first one, and mind if i tell you to gear up, because this is one pretty as* long tutorial session.

And here are the two methods that I’m gonna show you today. (you can tap any of the listed items below to jump straight to that section of the tutorial).

So like i said, these two methods will give you two different levels of customization, with the second one giving you a higher level of customization than the first one before it.

So at the end of the day, you’d be left to choose which one works best for you. But personally, I’d advise that you stick with the first method, as it is a lot simpler to get along with, and takes the least time to setup.

But if you want the most customization options that you can apply to your custom hole punch inspired notification LED, then the second one will give you all the customization and settings options that you want at your fingertips, but will require more time to get around.

And with that out of the way, now let’s begin with the first one.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED
Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones showcasing their customized hole punch inspired notification LED.

How to setup a customized hole punch notification LED on the Galaxy S20, S20 FE & S21 phones, using Samsung’s Good Lock app.

Step One

First of all, you’ll have to download the Samsung Good Lock app module from Samsung’s Galaxy store in case you didn’t have it downloaded and installed before now.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 hole punch notification LED
Image Credits – Android Authority.

But there’s an issue, and the issue here is the fact that the Good Lock app module is currently restricted to just a few locations at the moment, so most people currently living in locations where the app is restricted from won’t be able to download and make use of it.

The only way to find out if you can download and make use of this app in your location is by actually going to the Galaxy store on your Samsung phone and try searching for the app, using the words “Good Lock“.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED
Downloading Good Lock app from Samsung’s Galaxy store.

If found, go ahead and download and install it right away, but if not, then this might just be the best time for you to jump straight to the second part of this tutorial session.

Jump To Method 2: Setting up a customized hole punch notification LED, using aodNotify third-party app.

So good luck to those who were able to download and install on their phones from their locations. Now let’s us see how we can use this app to create a customized hole punch notification LED system on our Samsung Galaxy phones.

Step Two

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.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED

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“.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED

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 S20 & S21 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.

Step Four

From the numerous lighting styles shown to you, look for and select the one that “Black Hole”.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED

Once you do so, you should see a light ring glowing around the camera hole punch cutout of your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE, or S21 phone as a form of a preview.

From here, 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.

Step Five

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 “aodNotify” third-party app, and that takes us to the second section of this tutorial session.

How to setup a customized hole punch notification LED on the Galaxy S20, S20 FE & S21 phones, using “Always On Edge” app.

Step One

First thing first, go to Google Play Store and download the “Always On Edge” app on your Samsung phone, or you can as well do same by simply tapping on the button that says “Install” below.

After downloading, open it for the first time and you’ll be taken straight to app’s homepage, and it looks something like this.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 notification LED
Please take note that this home screen might change due to subsequent updates done to the app.

From there, tap on the first option which says “Main Settings“, and you’ll be greeted with a new page that looks like the one below.

App’s main settings page.

This is the page that allows 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.

Feel free to set yours same way they’ve been set from this image.

If i were you, I’ll just set mine the same way they’ve already been set for you from the screenshot above, and when you’re done, don’t forget to save your settings before leaving the page.

Step Two

Go back to the app’s home page, and this time, tap on the second setting option that says “App Settings“, and once you do so, you’ll be taken straight to a new page that looks this way.

App settings page.

This page allows you to set how the app interacts with your phone, from here, you’ll get to choose what actions or activities on your phone that will trigger the app to turn on, such as when you receive a new notification, or when you plug your phone to a power source, or when you plug in your ear phones, etc.

So as you could see from the screenshot posted above, the setting options on the page is made up of expandable tabs which you can tap on to see all the settings under any of them.

So depending on how you want the app to interact with your phone, but still, I’ll advise that you set your options the same way they’ve been set for you from the screenshot below, assuming that we only want to be triggered whenever we receive a new notification on our phone.

Once again, don’t forget to save your settings once you’re done setting up everything to your taste.

Samsung Galaxy S20 & S21 Notification LED – Step Three

Go back to the app’s home page, and this time, tap on the third option there which says “Lighting Settings“, and immediately you do so, you’ll be taken to a new page that looks this way.

Lighting settings page.

This is the page that allows you to insert and customize the hole punch notification LED on your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 phones.

The level of customization that 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 S20, S20 FE, and S21 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“. I bet you already know the one to select.
  • Immediately you select the position for your custom hole punch notification LED which should be the center position, you should that the light ring will move to the top center position of your phone’s screen accordingly.
  • After that, you can use the slider that is labeled as “Notch Height” to either increase or reduce the size of the light ring in case the size is bigger or smaller than the actual hole punch cutout on your phone.
  • The next slider we’re going to make use of is the one labeled as “Top (set 0 if not hole)“, this slider lets you move the light ring either upwards or downwards, so that it properly aligns with the camera hole punch cutout on your phone, in case it wasn’t properly aligned before.
  • 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 that we are done inserting and positioning the our custom hole punch notification LED light with the actual hole punch cutout on our Samsung Galaxy phones, now is the time to start adding some taste to it by changing the colors, effects, styles, lighting mode, speed, etc.

You see, i told you the level of customization which you can do with this app is simply endless. So take as much time as you want to customize things to your taste, and don’t forget to crosscheck your settings before you finally save them and leave the page.

Step Four

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 were saved. When you closed it, 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 S20, S20 FE, or S21 phones. #cheers…

Miscellaneous – Extra Widgets & Animated Wallpapers

Now aside from using the app to setup a customized hole punch inspired notification LED on your Galaxy S20, S20 FE and S21 phones, the app also offers a handful of extra widgets which you can set to work together with customized notification LED, and also a robust library of cool animated wallpapers that are available for anyone to use for as long as you get the paid version of the app.

To access the extra widgets page, all you have to do is go back to the app’s homepage, and from the list of setting options shown to you, select the one that says “Extra Widgets“.

Once you do so, you should be immediately taken to a new page that looks like the one shown below.

From this page, you should be able to add widgets to your customized hole punch notification LED such as an Always On Display clock faces, bouncing bubbles for your five most recent notifications, you get the option to display notification app icons alongside the notification LED, etc.

Custom Notification LED showing alongside a digital always-on display clock face and notification app icons.

As for animated wallpapers, though you can only apply them to your phone when you opt-in for the paid version of the app, but even without the paid version of it, you still get a chance to preview each one of them, before deciding if they’re worth your cash or not.

So to access these wallpapers, all you have to do is return to the app’s homepage for the last time, and this time, select the first option there (Animated Wallpapers) that is located at the very top of the page, once it takes you to the new page, you should be able to feast your eyes on all the available wallpapers there.

Alright guys, that will be all for today on how to setup a customized hole punch inspired notification LED on your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 FE, and S21 smartphones.

Give this post a thumbs up by sharing it if you enjoyed reading it, and as always, I’ll see you all tomorrow, #Peace Out.


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