How to use the 'Edge lighting' feature on a Samsung Galaxy S10, which replaces your notifications with customisable, light-based alerts

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderCustomise Edge lighting on a Samsung Galaxy S10 to declutter your screen and use light-based alerts for notifications.
  • You can enable and customise the Edge lighting feature on a Samsung Galaxy S10 to receive custom light-based alerts for your incoming notifications.
  • Through the Galaxy S10’s Settings app, you can customise the phone’s Edge lighting to control the intensity, duration, and style of the feature.
  • You can set a single colour for Edge lighting or specify a different colour for each app, so you can tell what kind of notification you’re receiving by colour alone.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a clever alternative to intrusive notifications that crowd the top of your screen and interrupt whatever you’re doing on your phone.

When you’d ordinarily get a notification, the curved edges of the Galaxy S10’s screen can light up, letting you know that a notification has arrived. This is known as “Edge lighting.”

Samsung gives you a few ways to customise this Edge lighting: For example, you can choose when it happens, which apps can use it, and what kind of lighting effects you’ll see.

How to enable Edge lighting on a Samsung Galaxy S10

If Edge lighting isn’t already turned on, here is how to turn it ont:

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap “Display” and then tap “Edge screen.”

3. Turn on Edge lighting by swiping the button to the right.

Edge 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderTurn on Edge lighting on your Galaxy S10 to get notifications via subtle colour effects around the edge of the screen.

How to customise when Edge lighting appears on a Galaxy S10

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap “Display” and then tap “Edge screen.”

3. Tap “Edge lighting” and then, on the Edge lighting page, tap “Show Edge lighting.”

Edge 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderAll the Edge lighting options are on the Edge lighting page in Settings.

4. On the Show Edge lighting page, choose whether you want Edge lighting to occur only when the screen is on, off, or always. Regular notifications will appear whenever you choose not to use Edge lighting.

How to customise the Edge lighting style on a Galaxy S10

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap “Display” and then tap “Edge screen.”

3. Tap “Edge lighting” and then, on the Edge lighting page, tap “Edge lighting style.”

Edge 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderThe Edge lighting style page gives you a number of tools to customise the way the lighting effects work.

The Edge lighting style page is all black, with a few controls at the bottom to configure the lighting effects.

Here is what they do, though you can figure it out pretty easily just by experimenting with the options:

  • The Effect button gives you a half-dozen options for how the light appears, including a “wave” effect, a soft glow, a multicolor swirl, and others. Tap each one to see the effect. The last one you choose is the style that take effect when you save your changes.
  • Colour lets you choose the colour of the effect. There are a number of preset colours, or if you choose “Custom colour,” you can set a unique colour for each app, so you know what kind of notification you’re receiving by colour alone.
  • Transparency affects the intensity of the effect, including how bright it is.
  • Width determines, as the name suggests, the thickness of the lighting effect.
  • Duration lets you control how long each notification lasts.

When you’re done making changes, tap “Done” to save your lighting effects.

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