What do the notification light colours mean on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?

Some Galaxy smartphones have notification LEDs which blink different colours to let you know about alerts on your phone. For new devices without a notification LED, use Edge Lighting to let you know that a notification has arrived.

Which devices have LED notifications?Click to Expand

LED notifications are available on the following devices:

 

  • Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S5, S4 Active, S4 Zoom, S4, S II Plus, S III
  • Galaxy Note9, Note8, Note7, Note5, Note Edge, Note4, Note3 Neo, Note3, Note II
  • Galaxy Alpha

 

Galaxy S10 does not have a notification LED light. Instead, you can choose to set up and customise Edge Lighting to let you know that a notification has arrived.

What do the LED notification light colours mean?Click to Expand

The LED indicator is located at the top left of the front of your device. It can display various colours such as blue, red and green. These colours are for standard notifications and functions of your device.

 

Blue

  • Pulsing: the device is turning on or off.
  • Blinking: connected to a charger but not charging, or when low on battery.

 

Red

  • Glowing: connected to a charger and charging.
  • Blinking: there is an unread notification (missed call, message etc) or during voice recording.

 

Green

  • Glowing: connected to a charger and fully charged.
  • Blinking: fully charged.

 

Other colours

If your device is blinking a colour that you don’t recognise  (such as white, purple or pink), it is likely to be a notification from one of your apps. To change the colour, open the app, then go to the app's settings menu to find out which options are available.

Turning LED notifications on or offClick to Expand

You can turn LED notifications on or off in the “Settings” menu. Depending on your device and operating system, you will need to follow one of the following paths:

 

  • Settings > Notifications > Do not disturb > Hide notifications > No LED indicator OR
  • Settings > Display > LED indicator
  • Settings > Sound and notifications > LED indicator

 

For example:

1 Swipe up on the home screen to access apps.
2 Tap “Settings”.
Tap to enter Settings menu
3 Tap “Display”.
Tap to enter Display menu
4 Tap the switch to turn the “LED indicator” on or off.
Tap to turn LED indicator on or off

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