6 best uses of Glyph Lights on Nothing Phone (1)

Today, it’s rare to find a smartphone that looks any different from the ubiquitous glass slab crowd. Nothing is meant to capture that special place with the Nothing (1) phone. The new phone (1) is unique with symmetrical bezels and a transparent back. On the back are the Glyph lights, which also reveal a few components from the rear of the phone.

Glyph lights are basically LED strips on the back of the phone that serve different purposes. Besides being an obvious party trick, the Nothing Phone’s Glyph lights (1) can actually be quite useful. We’ve compiled a handful of unique uses for Glyph lights on the Nothing Phone (1) to get the most out of those LEDs.

1. Customize notification sounds

Nothing has preloaded a bunch of notification sounds on the phone (1) that sync with Glyph lights. So whenever you receive a notification, the LEDs on the back will light up. This is very useful whenever you place your phone face down or prefer it to be on silent. Here is how you can customize the notification sound.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Nothing phone (1).

2nd step: Select the Glyph interface option.

Step 3: Tap Notification sounds.

Step 4: Now select No ringtone. You can also use a sound from your phone by selecting My sounds.

Step 5: Cycle through the different light effect options that occur depending on the ringtone you choose.

Step 6: After selecting a tone, tap Save in the top right corner.

You have now defined a custom glyph pattern for notifications. Each time you receive a notification, the LEDs on the back light up according to the pattern you have chosen. It would have been nice if Nothing gave us the option to select separate templates for each notification type. Hopefully they add it with a software update in the future.

2. Customize ringtones

Just as you can set a pattern for Glyph lights each time you receive a notification, you have the same option for ringtones. Here, Nothing gives you a bit more customization so you can set separate Glyph lighting effects for individual contacts. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Nothing phone (1).

2nd step: Select the Glyph interface option.

Step 3: Tap Ringtones.

Step 4: Select the Default ringtone option to choose a standard ringtone for all calls.

Step 5: Tap Ringtones Nothing. You can also select My sounds to import a melody from your phone.

Step 6: Scroll through the different options and select the one you like.

Step 7: Tap Save to set your ringtone.

After that, go back to the Ringtones menu.

Step 8: If you want to set custom ringtones for individual contacts, select Add contact under Custom contacts.

Step 9: Select the contact for whom you want to add a custom ringtone.

Step 10: Tap Ringtones Nothing. You can also select My Sounds to use a custom tone from your phone.

Step 11: Scroll through the different options and select the one you like.

Step 12: Tap Save to set your ringtone.

The phone will set the ringtone you chose for that particular contact only. So you can differentiate when certain contacts are calling just by looking at the Glyph lights.

3. Return to Glyph

When you flip the phone over and lay it face down, it automatically activates the Glyph interface and puts your phone in silent mode. All of your notification alerts in this mode will appear through Glyph lights only and without any sound.

This can be very useful when you need to attend a meeting or take a break from notifications. Here’s how to activate it.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Nothing phone (1).

2nd step: Select the Glyph interface option.

Step 3: Scroll down to the Advanced Features section. Tap on “Flip to Glyph” below.

Step 4: Enable the toggle to enable the feature.

4. Battery level indicator while charging

The phone (1) also has another cool trick that helps you while you charge the phone. The bottom strip of LEDs acts as a charging indicator when you set it in the Glyph interface. So when you plug the Nothing Phone (1) into a charger, the LED strip at the bottom displays a visual approximation of the phone’s battery level. It also gives a visual overview of your phone’s charge level even when it’s upside down while charging.

Battery level indicator

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Nothing phone (1).

2nd step: Select the Glyph interface option.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on the Load Meter option under Feedback.

Step 4: Enable the toggle to enable the feature.

5. Fill light for photography

This is yet another practical use case of Glyph lights on the Nothing (1) phone. If you click photos in the dark, you can use Glyph lights to illuminate the scene. Glyph lights are softer and more diffused compared to camera flash, making them a better alternative. This is also useful when clicking macro photos as they require more light. Here’s how you can use Glyph lights while using the camera.

Fill light for photos

Step 1: Open the Camera app on the Nothing phone (1).

2nd step: Switch to the mode you want to use, then tap the flash icon in the upper left corner.

Step 3: Tap it a few times until you get to Glyph lighting mode.

In this mode, all of the Glyph LEDs on the back light up to illuminate the scene.

6. Bonus: Music Visualization

All of the uses for the Glyph lights on the Nothing Phone (1) that we mentioned above are available right out of the box. However, there is an easter egg that activates a hidden feature – music visualization. When enabled, the Glyph lights will sync with the music you’re listening to on the phone to give a cool effect. Here’s how to activate the secret function.

Step 1: Open the Phone app on your Nothing Phone (1).

2nd step: Enter any random number of your choice into the dialer.

Step 3: Select Create New Contact at the top of the screen.

Step 4: This is the important step. When prompted for the contact’s first name, type Abra. Leave the other fields blank and press Save.

Step 5: Now open the Settings app.

Step 6: Select the Glyph interface option.

Step 7: Tap Ringtones.

Step 8: Select Add Contact under Custom Contacts.

Step 9: When prompted to choose a contact, select Abra.

Step 10: Tap Ringtones Nothing.

Step 11: Scroll through the different options and select any ringtone.

Step 12: Tap Save to set the ringtone.

You have now unlocked the music viewing option on your Nothing(1) phone. You just need to activate it now.

Step 13: Go back to the Glyph interface settings and scroll all the way down.

Step 14: Here you will find the new music viewing option. Press it.

Step 15: Enable the toggle to enable the feature.

Other cool features

Apart from these useful features, there are a few smaller customizations you can make to the Glyph LEDs on the Nothing (1) phone. You can turn it on whenever you interact with Google Assistant, set a schedule for it to turn on and off, dim the LEDs, and even turn it off completely if you find it too distracting.

You can find these features in the Glyph interface inside the Settings app.

The lights are not for nothing

When you start using the Nothing Phone (1) with all those Glyph interface customizations, you’ll find the rear LED lights very useful. Don’t think of them as gimmicks as you get plenty of customizations to get the most out of them.

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