How To Setup And Make Use Of A Customized Virtual Hole Punch Inspired Notification LED On The Xiaomi Mi 11 Smartphone

The Xiaomi Mi 11 doesn’t have a native notification LED, I guess that shouldn’t sound surprising to anyone anymore, and today, I’m gonna show you a quick trick that lets anyone use the hole punch camera cutout on the phone, as a customized hole punch inspired notification LED.

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

Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED
A customized hole punch inspired notification LED running on a Samsung Galaxy S21 phone.

Looks cool right? If yes, then let’s get started. #cheers…

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How to setup and make use of a customized hole punch inspired notification LED on the Xiaomi Mi 11 phone.

Step One

For this tutorial, we’re gonna be making use of a third-party app that is available and downloadable from Google Play store for free, the “Always-On Edge” app.

So quickly head over to play store and do the needful, or you can also do same by simply tapping on the button that says “Install” from the image below.

When you’re done downloading it, and have probably installed it as well, open the app for the first time and you should be taken straight to the app’s homepage which looks something like this.

Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED
Always-On Edge homepage.

From this page, tap the first option which is labeled as “Main Settings” and you should be greeted with a new page that looks this way.

App’s Main settings page.

From this page, you’ll be required to grant access to the necessary permissions that the app will request from you in order to work with your phone.

Simply tap on each of the expandable tabs from the page in order to see all the included options hidden in them, just as you can see from the image below.

Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED

So like i emphasized, grant the app access to all necessary permissions that it requests from you, and to make things easier, I’ll advise that you simply follow the same process from the image posted above.

Make sure that you save your settings before leaving the page, and let’s move over to the next step.

Xiaomi Mi 11 hole punch notification LED – Step Two

Go back to the app’s homepage and this time, select the second option which says “App Settings“, and you should be taken straight to a new page that looks this way.

This page allows you to set how you want the app to interact 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.

Once again, tap on each of the expandable tabs to see all the included setting options hidden in them, and when you do so, you should have something that looks this way.

Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED
Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED

The way you’ll pick your settings on this page will depend on how you want the app to interact with your phone, but still, I’ll advise that you set yours the same way they’ve been set for you from the screenshot above, assuming that we only want the app to be triggered whenever we receive a new notification on our phone, and the screen is turned off.

Once again, don’t forget to save your settings when you’re done, and let’s move over to the next step.

Step Three

Now for the last time maybe, go back to the app’s homepage, and this time, tap on the third option which says “Lighting Settings” and you should be taken to a new page that looks this way.

Now this is where things will begin to get really interesting, as this is the page that lets you to introduce the actual virtual hole punch notification LED in form of a light ring that will be shown around the camera hole punch cutout of your Xiaomi Mi 11 phone, and after that, it lets you to further customize things to meet your taste.

Once again, tab on the expandable tabs from this page, and you should have a longer looking page like this one.

Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED

First of all, to introduce the virtual hole punch inspired notification LED in form of a light ring, follow the few steps listed below.

  1. Make sure that the option that says “Enable Edge Lighting” is enabled as you could see from the picture above.
  2. Now go to the tab that says “Enable Notch Support“, and from there, enable the option itself that says “Enable Notch Support“, and make sure that yours is set to “Adjust Manually“.
  3. For “Notch Type“, select “O” because that is definitely the shape of the camera hole punch cutout of the Xiaomi Mi 11 phone.
  4. 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 “Left“.
  5. 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).
  6. Use the slider that is labeled as “Notch Height” to either increase or reduce the size of the light ring in case yours was initially larger or smaller than the actual hole punch cutout of your phone.
  7. Now go all the way down and stop at the portion of the page which says “Lighting Placement“, tap on it to expand it, and from there, select the option that says “Around Notch Only”. Once you do so, you should see that the other edge lights that were shown around the edges of your phone screen will disappear, leaving you with just the one that is shown around the camera hole punch cutout of your phone. Cool right?
Image for Step 5 above: Change positioning option to left, then use slider 1&2 to move notification LED up, down, left and right.

Now if you followed the above-listed steps religiously, and you were able to set yours correctly, both in terms of the positioning and size, making surethat it fits properly with the actual hole punch cutout on your Mi 11 phone, the next thing is to start customizing the light ring how you want it to be.

You can do so by changing things like color using the “Edge color amount” option, you can change edge styles, effects, speed, etc.

Xiaomi Mi 11 notification LED
Always-On Edge app customization options.

So take your time to go through each customization option one after the other, while going back and forth on them until you’ve customized them to your heart’s fill, then you can finally go ahead and save your final settings.

Xiaomi Mi 11 hole punch notification LED – Step Four

Okay, enough of the settings, it is now time to take the app for a spin, and see if our hard work so far will actually pay off, which it definitely should, pending you didn’t miss any step from the steps above.

So all you have to do at this point is to make sure for the last time that all your settings are saved, after that, you can go ahead and turn off your phone’s screen to create a natural scenario of your phone receiving a new notification when the screen is off.

Now take a second phone and try sending a quick text message to your phone, and with that, if you did everything correctly, you should see the virtual hole punch inspired notification LED in te form of a light ring, glowing round the camera hole punch cutout of your Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone. #cheers…

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And gentlemen, that wraps it up for today on how to setup and make use of a customized virtual hole punch inspired notification LED on your Mi 11 phone.

Personally, I’ll advise that after this tutorial session, you should still take a bigger part of your time to go deeper into the app’s settings as this app also offer a handful of very useful features that you can even make use of alongside the hole punch notification LED, features such as some cool looking digital and analog always on display clock faces, notification app icons and even bubbles, etc.

All these extra features and more can be found in the setting option which says “Extra Widgets” which can be accessed from the app’s homepage, and even some cool looking animated wallpapers.

So give this article 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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