You can now enable the LED notification light on the Pixel 3, 3 XL and OnePlus 6T. Phone companies try to put everything they can inside their flagships. Every inch of these devices is full of tech components and there is no wasted space. Phones are becoming more powerful with faster CPUs and longer-lasting batteries, yet they are getting thinner. There is no problem with phones getting thinner because they become less bulky and easier to carry. The problem, however, is that phones are sacrificing various features to reach new levels of thickness.
The 3.5mm headphone jack was the first thing to disappear from many phones, and now it is time for the LED notification panel to become an endangered feature. The notification light has been and still is very used among Android devices. It pulsates every time you receive a notification on your phone. Almost every Android device has one of these lights. However, two of the most recent flagships, the Google Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T do not have it.
It is understandable for the OnePlus 6T not having it since there is no space on the front for an LED light. The entire front part is completely screen besides a small cutout at the top for the camera module. However, the Google Pixel 3 has thick bezels at the top and bottom, and the Pixel 3 XL has a big notch. There is no reason for the notification light to be missing.
Nonetheless, if you have one of these two phones and you want a good way to know if you have notifications or not, there is a solution to this.
Enable Similar LED Notification Light on Pixel 3, 3 XL and OnePlus 6T
Developer “grokus” has created an application called Pixel Pulse. This app makes the Ambient Display pulsate at regular intervals instead of staying on all the time. This tries to imitate the pulsating LED light that all other phones have.
The app has a few options that you can change. You can select the apps you want to receive notifications from, as well as the interval of the pulsating effect.
At this moment the app works on the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and OnePlus 6T. While this app doesn’t return the traditional LED light, it is a very good replacement.