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General Is there a list of what LED colors mean what?

Is there a list of what LED colors mean what? I have a brand new S3. Eventually I will learn what LED colors mean what, but I am the type of person that reads the effing manual. The manual does not say. In fact they might as well not even include a manual as it is basically useless.

Is there an online resource? The problem is that in most cases you can's search on a three letter word. Now, four letter words, those are OK. Don't even think about a two letter one.


#1 TambourineMan, Sep 4, 2012
Red= charging
Green= Charged
Blue= Missed call, message, email etc
Low battery might be a different colour but I've never turned that feature on as I don't really want to be powering an led when my battery's low.
#2 Shotgun84, Sep 4, 2012
Low battery is "White" colour.
#3 Mudarat, Sep 4, 2012
I also noticed when I have a FB notification it's red, which is really annoying.
#4 NYYFan, Sep 4, 2012
Well sms, email, FB, & calendar notifications use red, maybe in a future OS update this will change.
#5 Mudrat, Sep 4, 2012
You can get apps to change the colors if that helps
#6 chillibean, Sep 4, 2012
Mine is charging now and there is no red led (no lit led at all).

I have seen two leds lit at the same time: blue and red which kinda produces a purple.

I think I get a blinking blue for new notifications.

But I also have seen a blinking blue.

I guess it really doesn't matter but inquiry minds like to know.
#7 TambourineMan, Sep 4, 2012
It stays on after I turn off the screen.
#8 StuDaddy, Sep 4, 2012
Here is a You Tube video to watch.

This will show you.
#9 Mudrat, Sep 4, 2012
Sometimes i get blue blinking for emails...sometimes i dont...i get white and sometimes white blinking for emails and sms. Sometimes my sms is purple. Red charging. Green done.
#10 darkestred, Sep 4, 2012
You can change a lot of them. Right now, I have:
Red - charging and facebook notifications
Green - charged and calendar notifications
Blinking Blue - Gmail
Purple - GoSMS
Aqua - Gtasks
#11 psybab, Sep 6, 2012
It should be noted which carrier you are on as some carrier versions (Verizon and I think some of the other US Carriers) have custom notification color mapping that is broken (the color you choose doesn't show up).
#12 lexluthor, Sep 6, 2012
Not sure what the funny colors represent, but if you aren't getting an LED light when charging (and you don't have any LED notification apps installed), can you check "Settings" -> "LED indicator" and make sure "Charging" is checked...
#13 ruskin, Sep 6, 2012
if you have an third party app like go sms or w/e with custom led notification and your using a us version of the phone. sometimes the led is the wrong color u set it at. unless they updated the app.

Blue: Red
Green: Purple
Purple: Yellow
Red: Yellow
Turquoise: Purple
Yellow: Turquoise
#14 streetkilln, Sep 6, 2012

Do you have to use a special app to make these changes, or are they available within stock JB?
#15 ebenstes, Dec 15, 2012
#16 Ron H, Dec 15, 2012
No that can't be right. Mine is fast blinking green at 54% charged. What does that one mean?
#17 saminbama, Jan 14, 2013
#18 TadeoNYC, Jan 14, 2013
Dowload LED lightflow. Then you can make notifications whatever colour you like!
#19 czechplastik, Jan 14, 2013
Have you used it? If so, please share how you set it up so that it worked without consuming a ton of battery. I tried using it again and it added about 4%/hr more battery drain if not more. I went to the website of the developer and it seems the s3 is a nightmare to set up. They recommend setting the led notification for always on. I'm not sure if you can still have the notifications alternate doing that.

I have it disabled right now and it seems my whole led system is screwy now. It doesn't even light up while charging.
#20 TadeoNYC, Jan 14, 2013
Have you tried light flow since the jb update? Samsung fixed all the notification light bugs. You turn off root mode now on light flow and use it regularly. Doesn't use much battery at all for me. Even blinking doesn't use battery since it uses a standard os call now.
#21 lexluthor, Jan 15, 2013
This is from just this week with jelly bean on my Verizon s3. Almost 15000 wakelocks in under 12 hours?
#22 TadeoNYC, Jan 15, 2013
I get blue for texts and Facebook and green for Gmail. That's it. I had red for charging/low battery but turned that off. I've never seen white or yellow but I wouldn't mind being able to change the blue to one of those. My case is blue and when I have it sitting where I can see it out of the corner of my eye, I always think I have a new text. Agh!
#23 cloudsup, Jan 15, 2013
You disable root mode?
#24 lexluthor, Jan 16, 2013