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S21 Notifications when not using phone

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Abe911, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. Abe911

    Abe911 Lurker
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    With my S7, when I received a text or phone call, but was not at my phone, I could look at the phone and it would have a blue or green light to notify me I had missed a call or text. I have a new S21 and I haven't been able to find that option. If I touch my screen, I can see that I have missed it. Is that how it is now??
    Thanks,
    Abe
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    you can have the aod (always on dislplay) to show your notifications. no need to touch the screen.
     
  3. Abe911

    Abe911 Lurker
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    Thanks, but I only want the notification to show if I miss it, with it turned on it shows battery % and finger print.
     
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The recent Samsungs (and indeed most recent phones) don't actually have a notification LED, which is why you can't find the option.

    I've seen people talk about "edge notifications", though as the S21 doesn't have the curved edges I don't know how that works. Best might be to wait for a Samsung owner to comment on that.

    If the Always On Display is like my Pixel's there will be a little icon under the clock if you miss something. I personally find it less visible and less useful than the old LED, so for me this was a backward step. But then I still have an LED, so turned my AOD off after a couple of weeks and never missed it at all.
     
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    the s21 has edge lighting as far as i know. but the edge lighting only notifies you once. it will not repeat or anything like that. it is a pretty cool effect though.
     
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  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Ah, it's not persistent. So probably doesn't help in this case.

    I'm increasingly thinking that I just need an old phone (like 5-8 years old) with a more modern processor and current levels of storage. I find current phones too big, have stupid designs like glass backs, with useful features removed (notification LEDs, headphone jacks) and nothing useful replacing them. I guess I must be showing my age - maybe it's time I bought a little Nokia dumbphone and retired to sit on the porch complaining about how things used to be better? ;)
     
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  7. Abe911

    Abe911 Lurker
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    I agree with Hadron, give me my S7 back with an updated processor and I would have been happy.

    More issues; Data is always turned off, away from the house speaking for text no longer works unless I turn on data!! Never had to do that with the S7, nor can I find the setting that would make it work, I will keep looking.
     
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