How to Enable LED Notification Light in Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra

LED Notification Light in Galaxy S20 Series: How to Enable and Customize

How to Enable LED Notification Light in Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra

Indeed, enabling the LED notification light in your Samsung Galaxy S20 is one major step to achieving your smartphone’s full potential. It means no notification escapes you even when your device is in silent mode or locked — cool, right? 

By default, the Galaxy S20 series lacks a dedicated LED notification light, unlike lower models such as Galaxy S4 Active, S6, and S9 series. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the feature. 

In this post, we’ll give you the nuts and bolts of how to enable LED notification lights in Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Learn to make the most of flash notifications and edge lighting on Android 10 and 11— and never miss any notifications again. 

DifficultyVery Easy ●○○○○
Duration7 to 10 minutes
Things You NeedSamsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra

How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps6
Duration10 seconds
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility.
  3. Click on Advanced settings.
How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
  1. Click on Flash notifications.
  2. Toggle the Camera flash switch on.
  3. Toggle the Screen flash switch on.
How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
How to Enable flash Notification on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

Activating the flash notification is the first of two ways to enable LED notification light in Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. This turns your phone’s camera flash into an LED indicator, which will notify you of missed calls, unread notifications, battery levels, etc.

How to Enable Edge Lighting on Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

Aside from the flash notification feature, the other way to enable LED notification light in the Galaxy S20 series is by turning on the edge lighting styles. Edge lighting is the spiritual successor of the classic LED indicators on Samsung phones.

This aptly named feature utilizes the Galaxy S20 series’ bezel-less display, turning it into a notification light that can be used even if the phone’s screen is off. Below is the step-by-step process of activating edge lighting with the Android 10 and 11 OS.

Follow these steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11:

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps7
Duration10 seconds
  • Open Settings.
  • Click Notifications.
  • Select the Brief notification pop-up style.
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
  • Go to Brief pop-up settings.
  • Click Edge lighting style.
  • Select an edge lighting effect.
  • Click Done.
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11

Note: Enabling “Show even while screen is off allows edge lighting to function even when your device is in sleep mode.

Use the steps below to turn on edge lighting on Android 10:

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps7
Duration10 seconds
  • Open Settings.
  • Click Display.
  • Scroll down/click Edge screen.
turn on edge lighting on Android 10
turn on edge lighting on Android 10
turn on edge lighting on Android 10
  • Toggle the Edge lighting switch on.
  • Click Edge lighting.
  • Click Lighting style.
  • Select an edge lighting effect.
turn on edge lighting on Android 10
turn on edge lighting on Android 10
turn on edge lighting on Android 10

How To Customize LED Notification Lights in Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

After discussing how to activate LED notification light in Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra using edge lighting, let’s look into various ways to customize the edge lighting effects and show the feature’s fullest potential. 

Customize edge lighting using color and advanced options with these steps:

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps11
Duration25 seconds
  • Open Settings.
  • Click Notifications.
  • Select the Brief notification pop-up style.
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
  • Go to Brief pop-up settings.
  • Click Edge lighting style.
  • Select an edge lighting effect.
Customize edge lighting using color and advanced options
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
Customize edge lighting using color and advanced options
  • Go to the color panel.
  • Select a color palette.
  • Go to the Advanced panel.
Customize edge lighting using color and advanced options
Customize edge lighting using color and advanced options
Customize edge lighting using color and advanced options
  • Adjust the transparency, width, or duration.
  • Click Done.
Pro tip: You’ll find the Color by keyword option in the Brief pop-up settings. Setting this up will change the edge lighting effect to reflect your chosen color when a designated keyword is present in the notification you’ve received.

And there’s more. You can use the EdgeLighting+ app to give you greater leeway in your notification settings. 

Follow these steps to install EdgeLighting+ for more customization options:

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps4
Duration10 seconds
  • Open the Galaxy Store.
  • Search for EdgeLighting+.
  • Click the install icon beside the EdgeLighting+ app.
steps to install EdgeLighting+ for more customization options
steps to install EdgeLighting+ for more customization options
steps to install EdgeLighting+ for more customization options
  • Wait for the download and installation progress to complete.

Once installed, you’ll be able to select the black hole, boomerang, celebrate, galaxy, and loop edge lighting effects from the Edge lighting styles settings.

Follow the steps below to customize which apps can use edge lighting:

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of Steps4
Duration10 seconds
  • Open Settings.
  • Click Notifications.
  • Select the Brief notification pop-up style.
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
  • Click Included apps.
  • Tap the All apps option to allow all apps.
  • Toggle the switch beside each app to set the permission individually.
steps to turn on edge lighting on Android 11
customize which apps can use edge lighting
customize which apps can use edge lighting

Wrapping Up

That sums up our guide on how to enable LED notification light in Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra using flash notification and edge lighting. Customize edge lighting to your heart’s content and make your notifications adoringly you. 

FAQs about Notification Light on Galaxy S20 Series

How do I turn off Edge Lighting on my Samsung Galaxy S20?

Go to brief pop-up settings to turn off edge lighting. Instead of choosing an edge lighting effect, selecting None will remove edge lighting and turn off the feature.
You can follow these detailed steps to do so:

•Open Settings.
•Click Notifications.
•Select the Brief notification pop-up style.
•Click Brief pop-up settings.
•Click Edge lighting style.
•Select None.
•Click Done.

Why is Edge lighting not working on Samsung Galaxy S20?

Edge lighting won’t appear even when enabled if the edge lighting effect’s transparency, width, and duration are set to zero. You can fix this by going to the advanced options as shown below.

•Open Settings.
•Click Notifications.
•Select the Brief notification pop-up style.
•Go to Brief pop-up settings.
•Click Edge lighting style.
•Go to the Advanced panel.
•Increase the transparency, width, and duration.
•Click Done.

Where is the LED notification indicator on Samsung Galaxy S20?

The Galaxy S20 has no classic LED notification indicator as Samsung removed this feature on their newer galaxy devices and added the edge lighting feature. Activating edge lighting will turn the edges of the display into an LED notification light.

Why did Samsung remove the notification light indicator on the Galaxy S20?

The new bezel-less infinity display on newer Galaxy devices is why Samsung removed the classic LED indicator light. With this new edge-to-edge display, there is no space to put a classic LED indicator.
To remedy this, Samsung added the Edge Lighting feature to succeed this feature.

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