The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones were the first phones to come with the now-iconic camera hole punch cutout on their displays, and as such, they do not come with a native notification LED.
And for that sole reason alone, today I’m gonna teach you how you can use the hole punch cutout on these phones, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S10, the S10 Plus, S10e, and even the S10 Lite, as a customizable virtual hole punch inspired notification LED.
Here, check this out.
Looks cool right?
Yeah, I know it surely does. And now, let’s see how we can recreate this on our Galaxy S10 phones. #enjoy.
How to create a customizable virtual hole punch inspired notification LED on the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones.
The first thing to do here is to quickly head down to Google Play Store, search for and download an app called the “aodNotify” app.
Or better still, you can save yourself that stress of going to the Play Store, and simply tap on the button that says “Install” below.
When you’re done downloading and have installed this app successfully, go ahead and open it, and when you do so, you should be greeted with a welcome screen that looks this way.
From this screen, simply tap the button that says “NEXT” at the button of your screen, and you’ll be immediately taken to a new screen, where you’ll be required to grant the app access to all the necessary permissions that will be requested from you.
After you’re done setting the appropriate permissions, of course, tap on the “DONE” button at the bottom of your phone’s screen, and you should be taken straight to the app’s main menu page, or homepage.
Samsung Galaxy S10 notification LED – Step Two
From the homepage, simply tap on the first setting option labeled as “Notifications“, and make sure that the toggle button in front of it is turned on, you should be greeted with a new screen that looks this way.
This page lets you set how you want the app to interact with your phone, by setting what apps or battery events that are allowed to show notification on your phone. This does not override the default notification settings on your phone.
After you’re done on this page, go back to the app’s main menu page, and from there, tap on the second setting option labeled as “Notification light“, and once again, make sure that the toggle button in front of it is turned on if it was off by default, and you should have a new page that looks this way.
From this page, you’ll be able to customize the virtual hole punch notification LED itself, using the three individual customization options present on the page. Style, Effects, and Dimensions.
The “Style” option lets you set the areas of your phone screen where you want the virtual hole punch notification LED to be displayed.
You get the option to choose between displaying it around your phone’s camera edges, or around your screen edges. And for the sake of what this tutorial is all about, we’re gonna set ours to display around the camera edges of our Samsung Galaxy S10 phones.
“Effects” lets you set different animation effects to your hole punch notification LED, and you’re only entitled to just three of them if you’re using the free version of the app, while the paid version gives you a whole lot of them.
And lastly, “Dimensions” lets you resize and reposition the custom hole punch notification LED on your Galaxy S10 phones if need be. But, I guess the app already figured that out by itself, so you don’t really have to do much here.
After you’re done setting things up the way you want them from Step.2 above, simply go back to the app’s homepage, and this time, select the next option there, which says “Always on Display“, and you should be greeted with a new screen that looks this way.
This page lets you integrate the app with your Galaxy phone’s native always-on display feature, so that they both work together, effortlessly.
From here, you will be able to set how you want the notification LED to be shown on your phone, using its native always-on display feature.
You can set it to “Only on notification“, which shows your custom hole punch notification LED alongside your phone’s native always-on display function, only when you have a new unread or unopened notification, and if the notification has been seen, it stops showing.
“Tap to show” shows your custom hole punch notification LED when you tap your phone screen just like you will normally do with your native always-on display, and the last option there is “Show always“, which I believe you know what that stands for.
So, quickly go ahead and set how you want things to be on here, and let’s move over to the next step.
Samsung Galaxy S10 notification LED – Step Four
For the third time in a row, go back to the app’s homepage, and this time, tap on the next setting option there labeled as “Display time“, and you should have this new page shown to you.
From this page, you get to set how long you want the notification LED to be on when you receive a new notification on your Samsung Galaxy S10 phones.
The options themselves are self-explanatory, so, there’s nothing much to rant about on here.
Now when you’re done with the settings above, kindly go back to the app’s homepage for the last time now, and this time, select the next setting option which says “Color“, and you should be looking at a new page that looks this way.
This page lets you add finishing touches to your custom hole punch notification LED by adding colors to them. You can set separate colors for notifications coming from separate apps, separate colors to show your phone’s battery percentage and even separate colors for your contacts.
So, quickly go ahead and set things how you want them to be, and after that, meet us on the next step, where we’ll take the app and all our settings done in it for a spin.
Now is the time to take the app for a spin, to confirm if all the settings we’ve done in it so far, are working the way that we want them to.
So, go ahead and close the app, turn off your phone’s display with it as well, now try getting a second separate phone, and with this phone, try sending your phone anything that can prompt or trigger a new notification on it, a simple and short text message will do.
When the notification arrives on your phone, if you did everything correctly from all the steps listed and discussed above, you should have a light ring glowing around your phone’s camera hole punch cutout, alongside its native always-on display feature, just as illustrated on the image below.
And from this moment henceforth, you now have a customized virtual hole punch inspired notification LED, on your Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 Lite phones. #cheers.
Now, kindly let us know in the comments section below if this worked or did not work for you, and also tell us what areas of it that you’re having issues with if it didn’t work for you, and while you’re at it, kindly give this article a thumb by sharing it if you found it helpful, and as always, I’ll see you all tomorrow, #Peace Out.