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5 Ways to Make a Samsung Phone Light Up When Receiving Notifications

Your Samsung phone’s screen will turn on automatically whenever you receive a new text message in the default Samsung Messages app. But what if you want your screen to light up for notifications from all apps? Thankfully, that is possible. This guide shows the different ways to make a Samsung Galaxy phone screen light up when receiving notifications.

Tip: confused when it comes to Android and Samsung? Learn the differences between Samsung and Android phones.

1. Edge Lighting

This method lights up the edges of the screen when you receive a new notification on your Samsung Galaxy phone. You can customize the light’s color, style, and apps that can light up the screen.

However, please remember that you will only see a brief preview of notifications with this method, as it works for “Brief” style and not “Detailed” notifications. Follow these steps to enable Edge lighting:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung phone.
  2. Go to “Notifications,” followed by “Notification pop-up style.”
  1. Select “Brief,” then tap on “Edge lighting style” in the settings that allow you to customize the apps that wake up your screen and more.
  1. Choose the effect and its color, then tap on “Done.”
Selecting color and effect of Brief notification in Samsung phone Settings.
  1. Enable the toggle next to “Show even while the screen is off.”
Enabling the "Show even while screen is off" option in Samsung phone Settings.
  1. Your Samsung phone’s screen will light up when you get a notification.

Tip: want to use Samsung features on other Android phones? Check out the Samsung apps that will work on non-Samsung phones.

2. Always On Display

If you like using the Always On Display on your Samsung Galaxy phone, you can set it to wake up automatically when you receive a new notification.

  1. In the Settings app, go to “Lock screen -> Always On Display.”
Navigating to "Always On Display" in Settings app for Samsung phone.
  1. Enable the toggle to “On” if it’s not already, and select “Show for new notifications” in the list of options.
Ticking "Show for new notifications" under "Always On Display" in Samsung Settings app.

Tip: want to improve the lock screen on your phone? Learn how to customize your Android phone’s lock screen.

3. Camera Flashlight

If you were an iPhone user previously and liked its Flash notification feature, Samsung has something similar. You can even have your chosen apps use this feature. Follow these steps to enable Camera flash notifications:

  1. Navigate to “Settings -> Accessibility -> Advanced settings.”
Navigating to "Advanced settings" under Accessibility in Samsung Settings app.
  1. Tap on “Flash notification.”
Tapping in "Flash notification" in Samsung Settings app.
  1. Tap on the “Camera flash notification,” and enable it on the next screen. You can also customize the apps that can send camera flash notifications.
Enabling "Camera flash notification" option for select apps in Samsung Settings app.

Tip: not sure how to use a phone flashlight? Learn how to turn the flashlight on or off on Android phones.

4. Screen Flash

Samsung phones are not only capable of flashing the camera light, but they also have a screen flash feature for new notifications and alarms.

  1. On your Samsung Galaxy phone, go to “Settings -> Accessibility -> Advanced settings -> Flash notification.”
Navigating to "Flash notification" in Samsung Settings app.
  1. Enable the toggle next to the “Screen flash notification” if you want your phone’s entire screen to flash when you receive a new notification.
Enabling "Screen flash notification" option in Samsung Settings app.
  1. Tap on the color to select the color for the screen flash. You can choose the apps that make your screen flash via the “Selected apps” feature.
Setting parameters for scree flash notification in Samsung Settings app.

5. Third-Party Apps

If you still feel that something is missing or the screen doesn’t actually turn on when you receive new notifications, you can use a third-party app for the same purpose.

  1. Install and open the Glimpse Notifications app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the “Enable” button to grant notification access to the app. Then, enable the toggle next to “Glimpse Notifications.”
Enabling notification access for Glimpse Notifications app.
  1. A pop-up will ask you to allow the Glimpse Notifications app to send notifications. Tap on “Allow.”
Tapping "Allow" to enable Glimpse Notification apps to send notifications.
  1. Tap on the “Self-test” tab, and press the “Test” button to see the app in action. If it’s working fine, you are good to go.
Samsung Glipmse Self Test
  1. Select or remove the apps under the “Settings tab -> App Selection.”
Make Samsung Light Up Notification Glimpse Notifications Settings View

Tip: want to personalize your Samsung phone’s home screen? Check out these tips to customize the home screen on Samsung Galaxy phones.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do if the screen won’t light up when I receive new notifications on a Samsung phone?

Go to “Settings -> Accessibility -> Visibility enhancements.” Turn off the toggle next to “Remove animations.”

How can I fix it if the notifications are not working on my Samsung Galaxy phone?

First, go to “Settings -> Modes and Routines,” and ensure that Focus Mode is not active. Also, navigate to “Settings -> Sounds and vibrations.” Select “Sound” instead of “Vibrate” or “Mute.” Finally, access “Settings -> Apps.” Tap on the app with the missing notifications. Press on “Notifications,” and enable them on the next screen. Also, learn how to manage notifications on Android phones.

All screenshots and images by Mehvish Mushtaq.

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she’s always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She’s been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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