As was expected, the new Redmi Note 10 phones from Xiaomi are the first phones in the Redmi Note lineups to feature OLED displays on them, a single centered hole-punch cutout at the top of their displays for their front-facing camera, and no notification LED.
So today, I’m gonna show you a way you can leverage the power of OLEDs to create your own customized virtual hole punch inspired notification LED on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, the Note 10 Pro, or the 10 Pro Max (for India) if you already managed to get your hands early on any one of the phones.
Something that will end up looking this way by the time that we’re done setting it up.
Looks cool right?
So how does it work?
Well, pretty simple.
We’re gonna use an app called the “Always-on Edge” to create a customizable light ring that will be shown around the camera hole-punch cutout of your phone whenever you have a new notification on it, just the same way you used to have a blinking notification LED in the past, but since the new Redmi Note phones don’t come with that luxury anymore, we’re gonna create our own using their camera hole-punch cutout for those who will miss it.
So gentlemen, shall we? #enjoy.
How to set up a customizable virtual hole-punch inspired notification LED on your Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 & 10 Pro (Max) Phones.
First thing first, we’ll have to download the “Always-On Edge” app from Google Play store, and you can do so straight away by simply tapping on the button that says “Install” below.
When you’re done downloading and have installed the app as well, now go ahead and push the open button, and you should have an interface that looks like this, or maybe different, due to future updates that are being done to the app at regular intervals.
From the app’s homepage shown above, tap on the first option which says “Main settings“. Once you do so, you should have a new page that looks this way.
The page is made up of expandable tabs which you can tap on to reveal all the setting options contained in them. This page allows you to grant access to the “Required” and “Optional” permissions that are necessary for the app to work properly on your phone.
And when you expand these tabs, you should have something like this.
So go ahead and give access to the permissions as you can see from the screenshot above. When you’re done, don’t forget to save your settings before leaving the page, and let’s go over to the next step.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Notification LED – Step Three
After saving your settings from the last step above, find your way back to the app’s homepage, and this time, select the next option there which says “App Settings“, and you should have a new page that looks like this.
As you read on the page’s headline from the screenshot above, this page lets you set how you want the app to interact with your phone by choosing options like what activities on your phone can turn it on and off such as when you receive a new notification which is what this tutorial itself is all about by the way, how long you want it to be on, how to close it, etc.
So go ahead and expand the tabs, and when you do so, you should have a lengthier page like the one shown below.
As you can see from the screenshot above, we have set the app to only turn on when we have a new notification on our Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 phones and the screen is off, and we have also set it to light up for the latest notification too, you can change this to whatever you like.
We also set the app to light up when we plug in our phones to a power source in order to charge. You can go ahead and set the app to light up with whatever actions you choose, and don’t forget to save your settings when you’re done.
Now let’s move over to the next couple of steps.
Once again, find your way back to the app’s homepage, and this time, select the next setting option there which says “Lighting Settings“, and you should be looking at a new page that looks this way.
This is one lengthy page, and what it does is that it lets you insert, align, and customize how you want the actual light ring (virtual hole-punch notification LED) to be on your Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 and 10 Pro/Pro Max phones.
So we’ll first start by trying to insert and align the light ring, so that it fits properly with the actual hole punch cutout of our Redmi Note phones.
We’ll first have to expand all the tabs on the page to reveal all the setting options contained in them, and you should have something like this when you do so.
Now follow the listed steps below to first insert and properly align the light ring around your phone’s camera hole-punch cutout.
- Make sure that the option that says “Enable Edge Lighting” is enabled as you could see from the picture above.
- 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“.
- For “Notch Type“, select “O” because that is definitely the shape of the camera hole-punch cutout of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 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 “Center“.
- 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, so you can position the light ring correctly with the hole-punch cutout on your phone.
- 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 bigger or smaller than the actual hole punch cutout of your phone so that they are both fit properly. You can set “Notch Width” and “Curve Radius” both to zero since they absolutely do nothing at this point,
- Now go all the way down and stop at the portion of the page that 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?
So, make sure you properly follow all the steps listed above to insert and properly align the light ring to your phone’s camera hole-punch cutout, and when you’re satisfied with what you have, you can now go ahead and start customizing things to your taste by adding colors (Edge color amount), Lighting effects, Lighting speed, edge thickness, Edges Style, etc.
Make sure to take your time to do all these, enabling and disabling each setting and customization options one after the other until you’ve had it to your heart’s fill, and when you’re done, don’t forget to save your setting before leaving the page, and meet us in the next step.
Now if you followed all the steps written on this page correctly and you got to this point, then it is time that we take our setup so far for some testing to see if everything is working correctly and the way we want them to.
So go ahead and close the app, I want to believe that all your settings are saved at this point. After closing the app, now go ahead and turn off your phone’s display to mimic a scenario where your phone is lying idle and a new notification comes in.
Now pick a second phone and use it to send something like a quick short text to your phone in order to invoke a notification, and in turn trigger the app to turn on. Remember our setting from “Step Three” above? (Turn on when a notification is received and the screen is off).
Now if you did everything correctly, you should see the light ring glowing around the camera hole-punch cutout of your Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 or 10 Pro/Pro Max phone, with your preferred customizations that you did to it.
And that is it. From this moment onwards, that should act as your new virtual hole-punch inspired notification LED that glows up anytime you have a new notification on your phone, or when you plug in your phone to a power source, depending on what your initial settings are.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Notification LED – Extra Widgets
Aside from setting up a customized virtual hole punch notification LED on your Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 phones, the app also offers you some extra features in the form of widgets which you can use alongside the customized hole-punch notification LED on your phone.
You can add a digital or analog clock face to the setup, you can introduce notification app icons, bubbles, a home button to act as a close button, and so much more.
To access these extra widgets, simply go back to the app’s homepage, and from the options listed there, you should see the one labeled as “Extra Widgets”, tap on it and you should have a page that looks this way.
And that wraps it up for today on how to setup and make use of a customizable virtual hole punch inspired notification LED on your Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, 10 Pro and 10 Pro Max phones.
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