How to use your iPhone's LED flash as a notification light
posted by Peter K. / Jul 14, 2014, 1:42 AM
That's right, an option that has been sitting quietly in the Accessibility tab of your iPhone allows you to use device's LED flash as a way to alert yourself about any upcoming push notifications. Still, you should take into consideration that unlike the LED light on most Android devices, which can blink as long as you have juice in your battery, the iPhone's flash will only glint for a short time (1-2 seconds, to be precise) upon receiving a push notification. Nevertheless, it will be constantly flickering while you receive a phone call. You should also take into account that enabling this option will have a pretty negative effect on your battery if you receive a lot of notification - after all, the flash is a rather power-hungry hardware gizmo.
Bear with us as we show you the ropes and follow the steps below:
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The iOS setting actually looks pretty cluttered compared to Android's neatly organized menus...
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 1:52 AM 7
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A perfect example of just how greedy Apple is. They won't spend a few cents to include a notification LED, but make handicapped people use the flash instead. "Designed in California" should be followed by "to be as cheap as possible".
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 1:57 AM 4
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They instead spent those cents to buy a second LED to make an flash that can vary its color temperature and help make photos with great colors and skin tones in low light. And that is approach of a "greedy" company isn't it ?
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 3:08 AM 2
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It works sometimes, it does eat battery but not as bad as you think. It really depends on your usage.You would have to put the screen face down which i hate cause my phone is naked. It doesn't flash for long and it doesn't have a timer either which is a bummer but it would be convenient if they do add a front led notification light. If not i guess it's beeps and buzzes for another year
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 2:20 AM 1
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poor iphone users - no LED notification for sake of being "minimalist" , "simplicity", and "consistency".
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 2:20 AM 3
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poor iphone users - no LED notification for sake of being "minimalist" , "simplicity", and "consistency". This is just Apple-speak for "to generate maximum corporate profits".
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 2:32 AM 1
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"Obviously iPhone users can have a notifications LED try to read the article again" It is just a way to compensate missing notification LED. And I'm sure that such solution is even not friendly for battery.
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 9:11 AM 0
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The iphones have been lacking SEVERAL features that the Android world has been taking for granted for eons. They range from the niche features to basic functionality. Apple has finally realized the reality & has started implementing some of these, albeit reluctantly. The IOS 8 is a small, but nevertheless much needed start
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 5:09 AM 0
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I never realized the iPhone didn't have a notification light. I'd laugh, but my current phone (Galaxy Light) doesn't have one either. On the other hand, the Galaxy Light can be had for $130 brand new off eBay. What's Apple's excuse for not using one? I hate not having the notification light. Of course, I can do the same thing with the LED flash, but the flash on this phone is way to bright.
posted on Jul 14, 2014, 9:29 AM 0
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posted on Jul 14, 2014, 10:40 AM 1
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