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Google Pixel has a hidden notification light -- here's how to enable it

There's a hidden notification light on the Pixel. Here's where to find the setting to enable it.

A notification awaits my attention on the Google Pixel.

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Unlike last year's Nexus phones, the Pixel ($135 at Amazon) lacks an ambient display that shows notifications when you tap on the screen or lift the phone.

There's another option, however, and it comes in the form of a notification light that's disabled by default. After enabling the feature, you can glance at the front of your phone and quickly see if you have any pending notifications. I haven't figured out the rhyme or reason for notification colors, but have seen the light blink red and white.

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To enable the notification light, open the Settings app then go to Notifications. Next, tap on the Settings cog at the top of the screen, then slide the switch next to Pulse notification light to the On position. Close out settings, and wait for a new notification to view your handiwork.