How to enable the notification light on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL


The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are the first Google devices to feature an always on display. The only downfall to having this on 24/7 is that it can be a slight drain on battery. Luckily for us, Google has implemented an RGB LED notification light on the Pixel 2 devices. Just like on last year’s Pixels and the Nexus 5X/6P, there an easy way to enable it, and here’s how.

Enabling the notification light on Pixel devices this year is slightly different due to Android Oreo. Previous on Nougat, this was enabled by going to Settings > Notifications > Configure (gear icon). With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, you follow similar route, but now navigate to Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > Blink Light. Personally, I have this enabled along with always on display.

Regardless of which option you prefer, it is nice of Google to include both for people to decide. The notification light is something that really sets Android apart from Apple. It is also something I always appreciate on my Android devices and always enable.


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