Not all apps are created equally and neither are the importance of each app. Most Android devices let you know you have notifications waiting in wing by flashing the little LED light on the front of the device. You go to check your notifications and, well, what a bummer. It wasn’t anything important.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an app that flashes different LED notification colors? Perhaps one app could flash a color that lets you know it’s a notification from a place of importance to you and a different color for something lesser. It just happens you can with Light Manager.
Changing LED Notification Colors on Android
1. Locate and launch the Google Chrome app or your preferred mobile browser app. You can find it on one of your home screens or inside your App Drawer. All currently installed apps are housed in your App Drawer.
2. Head on over to Light Manager’s information page.
3. On Light Manager’s information page, select Download APK. Doing so will immediately download Light Manager to your Android device.
4. Find the APK file on your Android device, select Light Manager and install it.
4. Locate and launch the Light Manager app. It should have been directly installed to one of your home screens, by default. However, if you do not allow new apps to create shortcuts on the home screen, look in your App Drawer.
5. Before you fiddle with the colors, make sure you allow Light Manager to have notification access. If it isn’t allowed, you’ll see ENABLE at the very top of the screen. Afterwards, move the slider provided to the right to enable notification access and then Allow it when prompted to confirm. Light Manager will not work without notification access.
6. Choose an app to manage the LED notification color for.
7. At the top, look to Enable. Move the slider to the right to activate Light Manager for that specific app. If Light Manager isn’t enable for a certain app, you’ll get the traditional LED flash when you’ve received a notification.
8. Head down to Color and select it. Choose a color provided or choose a custom color. Choosing a custom color will close the menu, but then allow you to access Hex Code for Custom Color. Selecting it will give you a color wheel to mess around with.
9. Head back to the settings by tapping the arrow in the top left corner of the screen and choose Flash Rate. From here you can choose how often the LED flashes on your Android device. For example, if you’ve chosen three seconds, then your LED will flash every three seconds.
- If you have Light Manager 2, Flash Rate is currently not supported.
- Be mindful of how often you set your LED to flash. The shorter the time is in between each flash means your battery will drain faster. Consider using faster flashes for notifications that are of utmost importance, while other less important notifications have a longer LED faster.
9. Head back to the settings by tapping the arrow in the top left corner of the screen. Scroll down to Priority and select it. Choose the priority of the app notification, which one will flash above the rest.
10. Back in your settings, scroll down to Test. By tapping it, you can test out the current LED settings for the specific app you’re altering.
11. Finally, head back to the main menu, where the list of your apps are. You’ll see in the very top right corner of the screen NORMAL MODE. Go ahead and tap it. It will open a drop down menu of options to choose from.
12. In the drop down menu, you have three different modes to choose from. Out of the three, Alternating mode is, by far, the most useful.
- Normal mode: When you get several notifications, only the first notification you receive will the LED light blink.
- Alternating mode: When you get several notifications, it will cycle through each different color for each unique LED notification color.
- Screen mode: This will give you a notification alert on the screen. Screen mode is more useful for phones that don’t have an LED notification light.