Today, I’m gonna show you one fun trick that lets you use the camera hole punch cutout on your Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21 smartphones, as a custom virtual hole punch inspired notification LED.
And this tutorial covers all Samsung phones from the Galaxy S20 and S21 series, like the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, S20 FE, the S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra.
And here’s what our end result will look like by the time that we’re done setting everything up.
Looks cool right?
Yeah, it does.
And with that, let’s get started. #enjoy.
How to set up a customized virtual hole punch notification LED on your Samsung Galaxy S20 (Plus, Ultra, FE) & S21 (Plus, Ultra) phones, using the aodNotify app.
First thing first, quickly find your way to Google Play store, search for and download the “aodNotify” app on your Samsung phone, or better still, save yourself the stress of going over to the play store, and simply tap on the “Install” button below.
When you’re done downloading the app, and have installed it as well, open it for the first time, and you’ll be greeted with this welcome screen.
From this screen, tap the button that says “Next” at the bottom, and you’ll be taken straight to a new screen, where you’ll be required to grant access to all the necessary permissions that the app will request from your phone.
Quickly do everything that is required of you from the screen above, and when you’re done, tap the button that says “Done” at the bottom of your screen, and meet us on the next step below.
Samsung Galaxy S20 & S21 Notification LED – Step Two
If you followed everything written in step.1 above correctly, then you should be staring at the app’s homepage right now, and it looks something like this.
From this page, tap on the first setting option there that says “Notifications“, and a new page will be shown to you that looks this way.
From this page, you will be able to set what actions or activities on your phone can trigger the app. Activities such as when you receive a new notification from apps which you selected, when your phone’s battery amount gets to a particular percentage, etc.
When you’re done setting things the way you want them to be on this page, kindly find your way back to the app’s homepage, and this time, select the next option there which says “Notification Light“, and make sure that the toggle button in front of it is turned on.
From this page, you can customize the look, feel and position of the virtual hole punch notification LED on your phone, using the Style, Effects, and Dimensions options.
The “Style” option lets you select areas where you want the virtual notification LED to be shown on your phone screen, whether around the edges of your screen, or, just around the camera hole-punch cutout of your phone, which is in itself, what this tutorial is all about.
“Effects” lets you set different animations for the notification LED, and even though there are a lot of them to choose from, only three will be made available when you’re using the free version of the app. To unlock all the effect options, you’ll have to purchase the pro version of it.
And lastly, “Dimensions” lets you position the virtual hole-punch notification LED anywhere you want it on your phone screen. But you don’t really have to do anything here, since the app automatically identifies and aligns itself with the camera hole-punch cutout of your Galaxy S20 and S21 phones.
When you’re done setting up everything from Step.2 above, quickly find your way back to the app’s homepage, and this time, select the next option there labeled as “Always on Display“, and when you do so, you should be staring at a new page that looks this way.
From this page, you’ll be able to integrate the app with your phone’s native Always-on display function, so both of them work hand-in-hand, and you’ll have something like this when you receive a new notification.
Looks cool right?
Yes, sure it does.
The setting options are self-explanatory, so you shouldn’t have a problem choosing which one that works for you.
Samsung Galaxy S20 & S21 Notification LED – Step Four
When you’re done with Step.3 above, go back to the app’s homepage, and from there, select the next option that says “Display time“, and you’ll be taken straight to a new page that looks this way.
I bet you already know what this page allows you to do. It lets you set the duration for the notification LED to show when a new notification arrives.
And the last option that we’re gonna make use of is the one labeled “Colors“.
This one allows you to set custom colors to your virtual hole punch inspired notification LED. You can choose to set one color as a general color for all notifications, or you can set individual colors for each of your apps, contacts, etc.
After you’re done setting and customizing everything to your taste by following all the steps listed and discussed above, it is high time we take the app and all the settings done in it for a spin.
So, go ahead and close the app, and turn off your phone’s display. Now, use a second phone to quickly send a short text to your phone to mimic a new incoming notification.
When the message arrives and depending on how you set the app to work on your phone and its always-on display, you should see the virtual hole punch notification LED glowing around the camera hole punch cutout of your Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21 smartphones, just like this.
And that ladies and gentlemen, is how you set a customized virtual hole punch notification LED on your Samsung Galaxy phones.
Kindly let us know in the comments section below if this worked for you, if you encountered any problems while setting it up, let us know about that too.
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