Make the flash of your mobile notify you when a WhatsApp arrives

Use the flash of your mobile as a notification LED.

More and more manufacturers are deciding remove the notification LED from your phones. What was once an essential function of any Android mobile, and one of the clearest advantages over the iPhone, has now become a utility increasingly difficult to see, that only a few models maintain, despite the fact that brands are still looking for alternatives. Fortunately, there is an alternative.

Although your mobile does not have a notification LED, you can be notified of every WhatsApp message or every like Instagram through a flash of light. To do this, we will use an element that is almost present in the 100% of current Android mobiles: the LED flash.


LED flash can be a good substitute for notification LED

Use the flash of your mobile as a notification LED

It is necessary to mention that, by default, not all Android devices have the option to use the flash as a notification LED, and therefore to be able to activate this option it will be necessary to resort to third-party tools. In others, however, the process is as simple as follow these steps that show us from AdslZone:

  1. Access the System Settings of your mobile, and go to the “Notifications” section.

  2. Tap on “More settings”, where the option “Use LED flash for notifications” should appear, or similar.

However, this option may It could also be included in the Accessibility settings of the device. In that case, you just have to access the Accessibility menu, and within the “Listen” section, activate the option called Camera light in the light warning section.

Use third-party apps so that the flash alerts you when a WhatsApp arrives

If your mobile does not have the option to send light notices through the LED flash every time a notification arrives, or if you want to have a little more control over this function, the best thing to do is turn to a third-party app that allows you to configure the flash as a notification LED. Although it is possible to find several apps of this type on Google Play, in this case we have decided to opt for “Flash Notifications”, one of the most popular, which can also be download totally free.

Once the app is installed, just grant you the necessary accessibility permissions to work. Then just activate the option to notify with the LED flash –I even know the possibility of using the front flash, in case the mobile phone includes one–. It also offers the option of configure parameters such as the duration of the flashes of the flash, how many times it should light for each notification, or if it should light, or not, depending on the battery level of the mobile.

But, without a doubt the best thing about this application is the ability to choose for which type of notifications the flash should be activated. Thus, for example, it is possible use flash as notification LED only for WhatsApp messages. To do so, you must enter the app settings and in the “Select Apps” section, check WhatsApp and the other applications you want.

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