Notification LEDs have been an integral part of Samsung devices for years. Android fans might not remember a time before these lights, and for good reason — they’re super cool. Notification LEDs offer an easy, unintrusive way to know whether or not you have alerts on your phone. No sounds, no light-up displays, just a small, convenient blink. So if you found that your Galaxy s10 doesn’t have notification LED, what can you do?
Don’t search for Galaxy S10 LED notification settings on missed calls and messages
Yes, as the title revealed, the Galaxy S10 doesn’t have a notification LED. The reason is simple: lesser space because of the Infinity-O display, although the rest of the sensors we expect are present on the device. Unfortunately, since Samsung went with an ultrathin top bezel and a hole-in-display design, the LED light that used to bring us visual notifications about charging status, or missed calls and messages, is also gone.
But there’s no alternative to a notification LED, as some would say. So users will have to make do with Always On Display to keep a track of notifications and alerts. Thankfully, One UI/Android Pie has an option that allows you tap the screen to show the Always On Display screen for 30 seconds. So you don’t have to have it always enabled if you are worried about wasting battery life. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to find a solution to this and introduce it with the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11. But at this moment it’s something you might want to take into account if you’re looking to buy a Galaxy S10.
Then why get rid of it?
Well, it most likely isn’t an intentional omission, at least not in the sense of, say, an outdated port. Rather, the notification LED is simply a casualty of Samsung’s bold new design. In order to create that seamless edge-to-edge infinity display, something had to give. You can’t have a traditional notification LED when the space it needs to take up is currently occupied by that coveted screen real estate.
Undoubtedly, long-time fans will be disappointed. While they can still boast over most of the smartphone world with their intact headphone jacks, the new S10 is just another device to lose the notification LED.
So, where do we go from here?
Well, perhaps around the display. Samsung’s Edge Lighting is much like a notification LED, except instead of being one single light, the entire border of the display lights up. While the feature only works while interacting with your phone. It’s a cool replacement for notification popups, and offers a lot in the way of user customization.
Those who know Edge Lighting’s past limitations should find comfort that Samsung has updated the feature with One UI. Still, it’s not quite a true replacement for the simple nature of the notification LED. Hopefully, Samsung includes an always-on display version of the notification LED, or, better yet, utilizes the ring light around the selfie camera as a notification LED. Sadly, there are no official plans for either of these replacements at this time.