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How to change the notification colors of your phone's LED light

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How to change the notification colors of your phone's LED light
When it comes to personalization, no other mobile OS gives you as much freedom as Android does. Assuming they have the right skills, a user is free to alter the OS both visually and functionally - to change the way the system looks and operates. Here's an example – if your Android device has a built-in RGB LED light, then you should be able to modify the color that it flashes in, depending on what kind of notification is pending. Want to learn how? Well, you've come to the right place.

Before we begin, we should point out that the following guide applies to Android phones and tablets with RGB LEDs. These are notification lights that can glow in red, green, blue, or a mix of these three primary colors. Recent Nexus phones have such a light, and so do some Samsung, LG, and Sony models. This does not guarantee, however, that the software we're about to introduce you to will be 100% compatible with your handset. With that out of the way, let's get tinkering!

The first step toward total LED control is to open the Google Play store and download an app called Light Flow Lite – LED Control. (Download links available below.) This is the app that enables us to modify the rules which guide the LED light's behavior. After installation, the app will need to be granted with access to your notifications. Hit "Yes" and mark the app in the menu that appears next. Then hit the "back" button on your phone to go back to Light Flow. The next thing you might see is a compatibility disclaimer. Don't panic. Feel free to read and close it. Then you'll be taken to the app's main screen.

At this time, you might want to open the "Tools" menu and test all enabled LEDs (the first item on the list). Tap on it and turn your device's screen right away. If your notification lights go off in a few seconds, then Light Flow should be compatible with your phone or tablet.

Now let's modify a notification rule from the "Notifications" menu, just to get the hang of the app. You might notice that GMail is set to flash a green light by default. Let's make the LED glow a different color, shall we? Tap on the GMail icon, pick the "Light" tab, and choose a color of your choice, either a preset or a custom one. If you wish, you may increase or decrease the LED flashing rate. Also, in the "Notification" tab, there's an option to turn the display on for 5 seconds. Enable this if you want to. In addition to that, sounds and vibration patterns can be added to your custom notifications. Just take a look at the "Sounds" and "Vibration" tabs for more details. (Note: You might have to restart your device before the changes take effect.)

By now you're probably wondering how you can set custom color notifications for other apps like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and the likes. Well, you can't do that in the app's free version. The full version, however, gives you that option as it is compatible with hundreds of third-party applications. Apps that are installed on your phone or tablet and supported by Light Flow will appear in the app's "Notifications" menu. Another advantage for the full version of the app is that it can alternate between colors much faster. If you have two types of notifications pending at the same time, the app will switch back and forth between their corresponding colors each 2.5 seconds (as opposed to every 20 seconds in the free version).

And that's how you customize the colors of your Android device's LED notifications using Light Flow. To get the free or paid version of the app, just follow the links provided below.

Developer: ReactleDownload: Android (free version)
Category: ToolsPrice: Free/$2.49

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posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:14 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2260; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice but what is the effect on battery?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:47 1

4. vincelongman (Posts: 919; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I have it on my Nexus 5, it doesn't appear on my battery page, so I guess it consumes very little battery.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 07:27 1

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2100; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Zero, I've been running for 6 months and has no effect on standby whatsoever, or it's under 1%.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 08:04 2

11. apple4never (Posts: 905; Member since: 08 May 2013)


On my Xperia SP it doesnt affect battery and it has a massive led

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 08:28 2

12. apple4never (Posts: 905; Member since: 08 May 2013)


edit: at max brightness and using white (the most power intensive colour) for an hour battery on solid the battery went down 1%

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:19

2. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I recommend Light Manager. Been using it for a long time. Lots of customization with no visible effect on battery.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 17:37

19. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 181; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I used Light Flow Lite for over a year on my Gnex and its buggy but worst of all, it gets regular updates then you need to check your settings to change them back to the way you want.

Light Manager works well and no updates so far and the flash duration is set for all colors the same. Where Light Flow you could set time individually.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:41

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2532; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


All these apps dont work that good. Most features need root access. Cyanogenmod has built in led light control. Its simply functional.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 05:40

5. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


And for those without CM, there is Xposed led control, which also offers quite good control and free of cost.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:33

17. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Wrong. Use Light Manager

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 05:41

6. aayupanday (Posts: 446; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Does the Moto G have multicolor LEDs?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:13

18. sabkepitaji (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Nope..just tried light mgr on mine..:(

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:38

7. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 757; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Just bought it, working very well so far on my GS4 Octa on KitKat, we'll see how it goes for the next few days. :)

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:39

8. promise7 (Posts: 283; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


So basically...

"How to change the notification colors of your phone's LED light"

Install an app.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:44

9. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 434; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Not always, a lot of apps support choosing a led color. But apps like light flow make it easier

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 08:29

13. apple4never (Posts: 905; Member since: 08 May 2013)


light manager is much better, it offers more controls for free plus it allows you to change more stuff

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 09:30

14. medicci37 (Posts: 584; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Wish I could get it to work on my unrooted HTC 1

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:56

15. apple4never (Posts: 905; Member since: 08 May 2013)


get light manager

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:31

16. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Light Manager works better on my unrooted Note 3

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 00:39

20. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


LightFlow is especially awesome on AmbienceLight Sony devices. I expect Oppo's Skylight will be too.
You can make the bar behave in many more interesting ways than regular "dot" LEds since it fades in and out gently. This can let you give it a breathing look while on standby.

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