Do you miss the days when Android phones had a front-facing LED for notifications? If so, do you wish to get it on your current Android smartphone?

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Well, it turns out you can get a notification LED on an Android in 2022, albeit a virtual one. It requires the aodNotify app and a compatible device—the newer ones from Samsung, OnePlus, and Google—to work.

Let’s take a look at aodNotify, its features, and how you can use it to add a notification LED to your Android device.

What is aodNotify?

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aodNotify is an Android app that gives you the functionality of an LED notification light without the LED. It’s compatible with smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, and Google and is pretty easy to use.

With aodNotify, you get various customization options, wherein you can choose from different notification light styles and show the notification light around the camera cutout or the screen edges.

Not just that, you can upgrade to aodNotify Pro and unlock more customization options. Of these, being able to add a notification LED dot to your device’s status bar is perhaps the most appealing feature.

aodNotify Features

Although aodNotify comes across as a simple app, it has many features underneath. Here’s a list of some of the notable aodNotify features:

  • Multiple notification light styles: camera cutout, screen edge, LED dot
  • Custom app and contact notification colors
  • Interval mode and night time mode to save battery
  • Notification preview
  • Minimal battery consumption
  • Charging/low battery indicator

How to Enable aodNotify

First, download the aodNotify on your compatible Samsung, OnePlus, or Google device from the links below.

Once the app is downloaded and installed, hit the Next button on the welcome screen. Now, before you can enable aodNotify and start using it, you need to complete a checklist first to set it up.

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Here’s what these checklist tasks are and how to navigate them:

  1. Select apps
    Firstly, you need to select which apps can activate the aodNotify notification light on your device. Click on Select apps and choose the apps for which you’d like to receive notifications.
  2. Notification access
    Next, aodNotify needs access to your device notifications to access them and send you alerts. To grant it notification access, tap on Notification access and allow aodNotify access to your system notifications.
  3. Enable AOD
    Since aodNotify works with always-on display (AOD), it must be enabled on your device. Click on the Enable AOD option in aodNotify checklist and toggle the AOD option in your device settings.
  4. Draw on screen
    Draw on screen is kind of like an Android permission, which allows an app to view all kinds of activities happening on top of other apps on the device. Since aodNotify deals with notifications, it needs this information to function. Tap on Draw on screen in the checklist and enable the option on the next screen to give aodNotify complete control over your device.

Hit the Done! button when you’ve enabled all the options on the checklist.

aodNotify Options

With aodNotify configured, when a notification arrives on your phone now, aodNotify will alert you of the same with the notification light. It will show these alerts using the default configuration settings (style, color, size, etc.) for the notification light.

However, if for some reason you don’t like an element in this configuration or wish to explore more customization options, you can do so in the app’s settings. Here’s how to change some of these aodNotify settings.

How to Choose Which Apps Can Activate Notification Light

While aodNotify lets you select which apps can activate the notification light on your device during its initial setup, if you wish to do it later, you can do so using these steps:

  1. Select Notifications on the aodNotify home screen.
  2. Tap on Apps under Notifications and toggle on/off the button next to the apps you want to select/deselect.
    aodnotify select apps

How to Set Battery Events to Activate Notification Light

Apart from incoming notifications from apps, aodNotify can also display notifications in response to certain battery events like when the phone is charging, it’s fully charged, or when the battery is below 15%.

Follow the steps below to set any of these triggers:

  1. Click on Notifications from the home screen and select Battery under Notifications.
  2. Toggle the switch next to the trigger you want to activate. (You might need to upgrade to the aodNotify Pro to use all triggers.)
    aodnotify battery events

How to Customize aodNotify Notification Light

aodNotify lets you customize different aspects of the notification light like its style, animation effects, and dimensions so you can customize the light as per your requirements.

Change Notification Light Style

  1. Select Notification light from the home screen.
  2. Click on Style under Appearance and select the radio button next to the style you want under Screen is on.
    Available options include Camera edge, Screen edges, and LED Dot (on Pro version). Choose Camera edge if your device has a camera cutout, whereas if it has a notch, go with Screen edges.
    aodnotify change style
  3. If you’d like to have the notification light on even when the screen is off, you can turn on the radio button next to the options under Screen is off. Here, you also get an additional option—Fingerprint sensor—where you can put the notification light.

Change Animation Effects

  1. Go into Notification light and select Effects.
  2. Select the radio button next to the effect you want to use. You can preview each effect by tapping on it.
    aodnotify change effects
  3. Scroll down to Effect settings at the bottom and use the Speed slider to adjust the effect speed. (Again, effect options are limited in the free version.)

Change Dimensions of the Notification Light

  1. Select Notification light and tap on Dimensions on the following screen.
  2. Use the slider under Camera edge to adjust the thickness or resize the notification light.
    aodnotify change dimensions
  3. If the notification light is obstructing with a status bar item, you can fine-tune its position using the Offset sliders under Camera edge – Fine tuning.

How to Change Color Settings of Notification Light

aodNotify gives you the freedom to choose the notification light color for your device. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Select Colors on aodNotify home screen.
  2. Tap on App colors to set a custom color for each app.
  3. Next, if you’ve enabled battery events, tap on Battery colors and select a custom color for each event.
  4. Similarly, if you want to change colors on messages from specific contacts, tap on Contact colors and choose the color you like.
  5. Besides, aodNotify also has a default color for the notification light. Tap on Default color under General and select a color. (If you’re using aodNotify Pro, you can select Auto color to customize the light automatically depending on the app icon.)

Get Notified Differently With aodNotify

With aodNotify, you can change the way you get notified on your Samsung, OnePlus, or Google smartphone. Now, instead of relying on your phone’s sound/vibration, you have a notification light on the device that glows up every time there’s an incoming notification. Not just that, it also alerts you of events like low battery status, which can prove quite useful.

While we’ve tried to cover the essential aspects of aodNotify in this guide, there are still several customization options on the app that we haven’t discussed. Consider checking out these options to personalize the notification light even further.

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