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How to customize the behavior of notification LEDs on Android

Since Android devices began to use an RGB LED light for notifications, which has become an integral part of the platform. Although it might seem a simple addition, highly undervalued. Notification LEDs ensure knowledge of any missed notifications even when the phone is not far away and while environmental displays are gaining popularity, notification LEDs remain the preferred solution for many users. Furthermore, you can fully customize the notification LED behavior on Android. Before telling you how you can do it, here is how you can first enable pulse notification on your Android smartphone:

Enable pulse notification on Android

LED notifications or pulse notifications are not enabled on Android smartphones by default. To activate it, go up Settings-> Sound and notifications is active " Pulse notification light ".

If you are using Android N, go up Settings-> Notifications, press the button settings and enable " Pulse notification light ".

After activating the LED notification lights on your smartphone, you can use the third-party app " Luminous flux "to customize everything related to notifications, including the LED light.

Use luminous flux to customize the notification LED (non-root devices)

First, you'll need to install Light Flow (free) from the Google Play Store. The app is available in both free and paid versions ($ 2, 49), which removes ads and supports the customization of thousands of app notifications. The app carries a persistent notification on devices running Android 6.0 or later and, if you don't want to, you need to install Light Flow Legacy (which the previous version of the application). However, you will lose other Marshmallow-specific features like runtime permissions. After installing the app, here's how to customize the notification LED light with it:

1. When opening for the first time Luminous flux, necessary provide access to the notification of the app . You can simply touch " Configure "and turn on Light Flow on the Notification Access page. If you skip it here, you'll find the option in Settings-> Sound and Notifications -> Notification Access.

2. So, you will be presented with a welcome page and some tips and suggestions about the app. You can touch " Got it " to move forward.

3. The list of apps will then be displayed, and notifications can be customized. Next to each app, you will find the option to change the sound, vibration pattern and notification LED color .

4. You can also tap the floating plus button to add a custom notification light for various apps, settings and contacts. You can touch the three point button next to it to app to disable a notification or access specific notification settings of an app.

5. On the Settings page, you will find different cards for: notification, light, sound, vibration and more. In the tab " Lights "possible enable / disable the LED light; changes color, duration and flash speed . There are a myriad of colors to choose from and a ton of different notification flash rates.

6. For global LED settings, you can go to app settings and check " LED control ", where you will find the options depending on the hardware of your device.

Note : many devices do not support third-party LED light control apps and for this you can access Light Flow settings-> Device Settings and Root.

Rooted devices

Light Flow offers more control for rooted devices, however it all depends on the device manufacturer. Some devices will have limited functionality, while others will have all the features available in the app. If you have a custom ROM installed on your device, you probably have options to check the LED notification lights on the Settings page. For example, in CyanogenMod 13, you'll find options to customize the behavior of notification LEDs in Settings-> Display and lights.

Ready to add more color to your device's notification LED?

There are numerous uses for customizing the notification LED light on the Android smartphone. For example, you can set a specific color and pattern for an app like WhatsApp and a different color and pattern for different apps, which will ensure that you know whether the notification is important enough or not. Thanks to the Light Flow app, you can do things quite easily and we like the fact that the app also makes all the features available for non-rooted devices. That said, if you want a different app, you can also control Light Manager.