- To enable this feature, go to the “Settings” menu, then “Notifications,” and toggle on “Flash Notifications.” You can choose between camera flash or screen flash for visual notifications.
- This feature is currently available on Pixel devices and will likely be available on all phones with the latest Android operating system.
Did you know you could make your Android phone’s LED camera flash turn on when you get notifications or phone calls? This feature is a great way to make your phone completely silent with no sounds or vibrations, yet still be able see when you get an incoming alert.
While camera or screen flashing notifications certainly aren’t new and have been an option for years on the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy devices, and even the Google Pixel, now it’s an easy option to enable on Android 14. For those that didn’t know it existed, now you can turn it on right inside the notification settings menu, and here’s how.
How to Use Flashlight Notifications on Android
Setting up your phone flash as a notification is easier than ever on Android 14. To start, open the “Settings” menu and scroll down to “Notifications”.
Scroll down and tap on the new “Flash Notifications” option.
From here, you’ll see two options for visual notifications: camera flash and screen flash. Flip the toggle switch to “On” for whatever style you’d prefer. There’s even a handy preview button to see what it looks like in use.
With the camera flash enabled, whenever you get an incoming notification, the LED will illuminate twice, and only twice. That way, you’ll easily see the alert without it being extremely distracting to others around you. Additionally, you can turn on a screen flash, which has countless colors to choose from, and your entire screen will light up when you get a message, email, or other alerts.
For now, this feature is available on Pixel devices running Android 14, and it’ll likely be a default option on all phones once they’re updated (or released) with Google’s latest operating system. Again, this is already an option on Samsung Galaxy phones under the accessibility menu, but now it’s built into Android’s default notification settings for all devices.
If you find the camera LED flash notifications too distracting, follow the same steps and switch the toggle off, and you’re all set. But considering it only flashes twice, instead of endlessly like on other phones, this is one more way to stay on top of all your incoming notifications easily.