What can you do with the lights on the Nothing (1) phone?

The Nothing (1) phone is one of the most unique phones on the market, and part of that unique DNA is the series of lights on the back, called “glyphs”. While all of the glyph lights are only white in color – except for the little red LED dot used when recording video – Nothing’s software can light them up in special patterns and let you use them in any way you want. fascinating.

So what exactly can you do with the lights on the back of the phone Nothing (1) (opens in a new tab)? Let’s get into the details of this epic Android phone (opens in a new tab).

Phone calls

Make a phone call on the Nothing phone (1) with the indicator lights on

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Most of the light-activated features on the Nothing (1) phone are simple “on/off” toggles. Nothing gives users much more customization options when it comes to those lights that light up alongside ringtones and notification sounds.

In addition to lighting custom ringtones and notification sounds, you will also be able to set individual light patterns for individual contacts. To get started, open the Glyph interface found in System Settings.

1.) Open System Settings by pressing the settings icon in your app drawer, or by swiping the status bar twice and then tapping the icon gear icon to open system settings.

2.) Scroll down and tap Glyph UI.

3.) Select ringtones.

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The top option is the default ringtone for all incoming calls. This is the sound and pattern that will occur when an incoming call is not in the list of custom contact actions. From here you can select one of the preset ringtones that come with the Nothing (1) phone. Each ringtone has its own vibration pattern and light pattern.

If you prefer to select your own custom ringtone, be sure to upload your favorite song – or a great ringtone from an app like Zedge (opens in a new tab) – first. Once you’ve done that, select my sounds in the Ringtones section of the Glyph Interface page, then select your ringtone from the list.

There is currently no way to customize the light or vibration pattern for custom ringtones, but the Nothing(1) phone will automatically generate a pattern that matches the song. This way you don’t just hear a personalized ringtone, you are also seeing and feeling this.

Notice

To customize sounds and notification patterns, you will need to open the Glyph interface on your Nothing (1) phone by following these steps:

1.) Open System Settings by pressing the settings icon in your app drawer. You can also swipe down the status bar twice and then press the button gear icon to open system settings.

2.) Scroll down and tap Glyph UI.

3.) Select notification sounds.

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From there, you’ll select a default notification sound, light, and vibration pattern that will occur whenever you receive an incoming notification. Apps also support individual notification sounds, but you’ll need to configure them in each app. This selection covers everything that is not individually customized.

1.) Select Nothing ringtones to choose from the preset designs and sounds that come with the Nothing (1) phone.

2.) Otherwise, select my sounds to choose from a list of sounds available on your device. As always, you can get additional sounds from apps like Zedge.

3.) Select your preferred notification sound from the list that appears. Custom notification sounds will have an automatically generated vibration pattern and light pattern, so each sound looks and feels unique.

Lighting mode only

The back of the Nothing phone (1) with its glyph lights on

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Some people like their camera LED to light up when a notification arrives. Nothing reinforces this idea by introducing Flip to Glyph, which automatically puts your phone in silent mode and only lights up the glyph lights on the back when a call or the notification comes in. Here’s how to enable Flip to Glyph:

1.) Open System Settings by pressing the settings icon in your app drawer. You can also swipe down the status bar twice and then press the button gear icon to open system settings.

2.) Scroll down and tap Glyph UI.

3.) Select Return to glyph.

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When this setting is enabled, Switch to Glyph will automatically be enabled whenever you place your Nothing (1) phone face-to-face on a flat surface. When this happens, all sounds and vibrations will be automatically muted and only the lights on the back of the phone Nothing (1) will light up for calls or notifications.

For best effect, be sure to customize your ringtones and notification sounds in the steps above, that way you know who’s calling or texting you without having to look at your phone screen.

Visual feedback

Charging LED on the back of the phone Nothing (1)

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The lights on the back of the Nothing phone (1) aren’t just for calls and notifications. You can also turn the bottom LED into a handy charge meter whenever the phone is plugged in. Here’s how to enable this feature:

1.) Open System Settings by pressing the settings icon in your app drawer. You can also swipe down the status bar twice and then press the button gear icon to open system settings.

2.) Scroll down and tap Glyph UI.

3.) Select load meter.

4.) Slide the toggle to the right to enable the load meter.

Enabling Google Assistant feedback and charging lights on Nothing phone (1)

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Now whenever you plug in your phone to charge it, the bottom LED strip will light up to show the current battery level. When fully lit from top to bottom, your phone’s battery is full.

You can also enable Google Assistant feedback by selecting Google Assistant feedback in the Glyph Interface menu. Enabling this option will light up that same vertical LED strip whenever Google Assistant speaks to you.

Wireless charging

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On a related note, the Nothing Phone (1) can be used to wirelessly charge a pair of excellent wireless headphones. (opens in a new tab) which also support wireless charging. Nothing belongs Nothing is in the ear (1) (opens in a new tab) headphones work perfectly for this task. Here’s how:

1.) Open System Settings by pressing the settings icon in your app drawer. You can also swipe down the status bar twice and then press the button gear icon to open system settings.

2.) Scroll down and tap battery.

3.) Select battery sharing from the list.

4.) Slide the toggle to the right to enable battery sharing.

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To wirelessly charge any wireless charging compatible device with your Nothing (1) phone battery, simply place it in the middle of the large circle on the back of the phone. This circle on the Nothing phone (1) is the wireless charging coil and the lights around it light up when charging has started.

Camera tips

The back of the Nothing phone (1) with its glyph lights on

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Apart from looking cool, those Glyph LEDs on the back of the Nothing phone (1) can be used to add important fill light to dark scenes when trying to take a photo. These glyphs can be used for regular photos, night mode photos, or even videos to light up a dark scene. That’s a lot more light than a normal phone flash! Here’s how to activate it:

Toggle glyph lights on phone camera UI Nothing (1)

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1.) Open your phone’s camera by pressing the camera icon in the app drawer. For a faster launch, you can double click the power button at any time to launch the camera.

2.) On the Camera UI, tap the flash icon in the upper left corner thrice.

3.) You will see a C icon surrounded by three dots when the glyph interface is on. To deactivate it, just tap the flash icon again until you see a lightning bolt with a line through it.

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