Apple and Android users now have the ability to receive notifications through flashing LED lights on their devices. This feature provides an additional visual cue for users, especially those with hearing impairments or in situations where audio alerts may not be sufficient.
For Apple users, enabling the LED Flash for Alerts feature is simple. They just need to go to Settings, then Accessibility, and finally Audio/Visual. From there, users can toggle on the LED Flash for Alerts option. Additionally, users have the option to toggle off the Flash on Silent setting, preventing the LED flash from going off when the device is on silent mode.
Android users, specifically those using the Android 14 beta version, can also benefit from a similar feature called Flash Notifications. Enabling this feature on Android devices is easy as well. Users need to go to Settings, then Accessibility, and select Flash Notifications. They can then choose between the Camera flash or Screen flash options to receive visual alerts for notifications.
When an Android device is set to Screen flash, the screen will flash yellow twice to notify the user of a new notification. To add a touch of personalization, users can even customize the color of the Screen flash by tapping on the color option and selecting their preferred color. This allows users to have a notification alert system that matches their individual preferences and style.
To provide users with a preview of what the flash notification will look like, both Apple and Android devices offer a Preview button. By using this feature, users can see how the flash notification will appear before making any changes to their settings.
With these new features, Apple and Android users can now receive visual alerts through LED flashes or screen flashes, enhancing their notification capabilities. Whether for accessibility purposes or personal preference, the ability to customize these alerts provides greater flexibility and convenience for users.