No notification light on your phone? This app is your salvation

No notification light on your phone? This app is your salvation
There are a number of Android phone owners who are upset because their device does not have an LED notification light. Life is tough, we know. Actually, there are some devices where the notification light is disabled by default. For example, on our Pixel 2 XL, you have to go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications and toggle on Blink light to turn on the LED notification light.

At XDA, one Android app developer was so upset at the lack of a notification light on his OnePlus 6T that he created an app for the occasion. Called "Notify Buddy," the app turns the phone's display into a notification light by showing an animation that resembles the blinking, pulsating LED notification light found on other phones. While developed for use on the OnePlus 6T, the "Notify Buddy" will work on any handset running Android 8.0 Oreo or later. You can set the color of the notification light and choose which apps you want it to work with.

If you're interested in the app, it can be sideloaded from this link, but you probably should wait for the stable version to surface on the Google Play Store. The app is heading there, according to the developer, although we don't know when the launch will take place. If you can't wait and decide to sideload the app, you will need to follow these directions:

  • Install App.
  • Disable Ambient Display and any battery optimization for the app.
  • Give notification access permission.
  • Select apps you want notifications for, by choosing a color (Only apps you set a color to enables LEDs).
To turn off the notification light and unlock the phone, you will need to double tap on the screen.



1. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

A notification led should be standard on every phone, but I guess that would mean we wouldn't be picking up our phones as frequently... something that the OEM's don't want.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No it shouldn't. Especially if you have an OLED display. A separate LED is not needed at all. Especially when you can have an always on OLED display with notifications and more.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Not quite true. AOD on my NexS only shows calls, sms and whatsapp notifications. Everything else you need to open the phone. Very annoying and silly. This solves the problem perfectly.

13. Spg210

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

You knew that before you purchased it correct? Correct. Purchase a device knowing it doesn't have a feature you require. Then bitch about it not having the feature after you buy it! The irony is too rich!

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I don't know if your comment is directed at me but I didn't know the number of app notifications on the AOD were limited. In fact I'd never used AOD before this phone and it's strange they did it that way. I'm not bitching at all, just happy there's a viable workaround. On the other hand YOU need to make up with your wife or whoever pissed you off today. 4 of your 5 posts in four years on here are on this thread and they're all vitriolic. Have a nice day.

10. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Not true, you can see an led notification light from a distance & a lot of always on displays phones dont give you the option of what's on the display or worse Brightness settings so are way to bright.

12. Spg210

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It should be standard on YOUR phone. You don't speak for the needs of others. OEMs couldn't care less how many times you pick up your phone. They get no kickback from that.

2. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Problem with most of these apps I have tried in the past is they fail way to often.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Nothing can replace a true notification LED. Even if you light up a pixel on an OLED screen, a lot of hardware chips (display driver circuit, graphics chip) need to be powered on and wasting valuable battery life. This being said, I would ban smartphones without a notification LED. They promote addiction and ruin productivity.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I installed it and it works as advertised so far. Battery drain is negligible but overall it could do with a few tweaks to the UI and some additional settings.

14. Spg210

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I'll bite. You actually think a lack of a feature on an inanimate object promotes addiction and ruins productivity? Basically what you're revealing is you have little to no self control or discipline. No notification light is to blame for that.

4. Chris_ABN

Posts: 196; Member since: May 16, 2018

Love my notification LED. S9+

7. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Euh... WTF? NoLED has been available for ages. And works perfectly. Why not use that instead?

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Unfortunately NoLED hasn't been updated in a long time and doesn't work properly for some newer phones.

11. Spg210

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

You'll see the notification when you pick up your phone, which will most likely be very frequently.

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