Edge lighting and LED notifications on Galaxy phones

Edge LED notification appearing on a Galaxy S22 ultra

With their discreet, tiny front camera and nearly bezel-less design, new Galaxy phones take full advantage of their infinity display. However, to make room for the new AMOLED screen, the LED light from the previous Galaxy phones has been replaced by a new LED lighting system: Edge lighting. This means you can enjoy a customized lighting experience that will really catch your eye.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. Edge lighting may not work with third-party apps.

The new LED lighting system

Starting with the S10 and later, newer Galaxy phones have a camera cutout with a special feature.

Whenever you use face recognition or switch to the selfie camera, an illuminated design will circle around the front camera’s hole. This will help remind you where to look when you're using the front-facing camera.

Ring of light around front facing camera on a Galaxy phone

Use Edge lighting

If you enjoy lighting effects, you can make lights appear around your screen and the camera cutout when you get notifications!

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, then tap Notifications, and then tap Notification pop-up style.

  2. Tap Edge lighting style, and then select your desired effect, such as Basic, Bubble, or Heart. You can test them out by tapping each one.

    A list of Lighting styles on a Galaxy phone
  3. Once selected, tap Color, and select your desired color; you can choose between an auto or custom color.

  4. Then, tap Advanced to select your desired transparency, width, and duration. Finally, tap Done when you're finished.

Notification pop-up style settings

There are a few different options to choose from when using Edge lighting and pop-up style notifications. You can find these by opening Settings, and then tapping Notifications. Tap Notification pop-up style, and then select Brief at the top of the screen. Then, select from the following:

  • Apps to show as brief: Select which apps will show up as brief notifications. Tap the switch next to each app to turn this on. 

Brief chosen with a list of options below it
  • Edge lighting style: Select your preferred type of Edge lighting with color and effect options. Please see the previous section for details. 

  • Color by keyword: Add important keywords and assign colors to receive personalized notifications.

  • Show even while screen is off: Enable this option to show Edge lighting even when the screen is off.

LED notifications on select Galaxy phones

Note: The Galaxy S10, Note10, and newer do not have a notification LED. See the Use Edge lighting section for details about the new notification lighting.

The LED indicator is located at the top left of the front of your Galaxy phone. It displays various colors depending on the notifications and functions of your phone. Please note that not all devices have LED notifications. Instead, you can use Flash notifications. Open Settings, then tap Accessibility, and then tap Advanced settings. Tap Flash notification, and then select your desired options.

However, the following list can be used as a reference guide if you are seeing LED notifications.

  • Blue (pulsing): the device is turning on or off.
    Blue (blinking): there is an unread notification (missed call, message, etc.) or during voice recording.

  • Red (glowing): connected to a charger and charging. 
    Red (blinking): connected to a charger but not charging, or when the battery is low.

  • Green (glowing): connected to a charger and fully charged.
    Green (blinking): fully charged.

  • Other colors: If you have installed third-party apps that include LED notifications, your phone may blink different colors (such as white, purple, or pink).

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