Moto X gets a green notification light, thanks to new ‘hack’ [update]

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 7, 2014

Moto X

The Moto X offers quite a few cool features including active display technology and touchless control, making it arguably one of the best Android flagships on the market today — provided you can get past the fact it doesn’t exactly have bleeding edge specs.

Another way that the Moto X sets itself apart from the competition is that it trades LED notifications and other forms of alerts in for active notifications. Of course, there are some folks that probably wish this wasn’t the case. If you’re one of these users, the good news is that you can now bring a unique green-glowing LED notification light to the Moto X!

As it turns out, the Moto X already had a green LED light underneath the ear piece, which the phone only uses for those times when your battery is so low that there isn’t enough power to turn on the screen to inform you that the phone is charging.

A newly discovered set of commands now makes it possible to turn this light on, thanks to the efforts of XDA user carock. Basically, to get the LED light turned on you’ll need a rooted Moto X and the popular Tasker automation app installed.

To better explain how to enable the green LED light on the Moto X, XDA user alex94kumar has put together a video that walks you through the process:

Adding a green LED notification light to the Moto X isn’t for everyone, but at least it’s nice to have the option. For existing Moto X users, do you plan on enabling this, or do you feel that it is largely unnecessary thanks to active notifications?

Update: As it turns out, the LED light is not currently capable of being used as an LED notification light. Instead, turning on the light simply gives it a green glow that lets you know it is charging from a distance. It’s possible that developers will figure out a way to bring blinking notifications, but for now, it’s unable to do this.

  • Jayfeather787

    I actually think this is really cool. I like all the things I can get to tell me i have a text message. Also typo in third paragraph where is says “…when your battery is slow low that there…” Shouldn’t it be so low?

    • Andrew Grush

      Fixed. Sorry about that! :)

  • Alberto Manuel Rojas Mendez

    Are there no way to make it in others colors? btw is nice to know it

  • Keith

    Useless as far as I’m concerned, but hey others may like it and find it useful, and I have no problem with that. This is the stuff that makes Android great!

  • 8bitremixguy

    As of right now, the light will only turn on when it’s plugged in. It won’t work for notifications

    I’m the guy who made the video :)

    • Jonathan Sosa

      nice job

    • Andrew Grush

      Sorry about the confusion. I’ve updated the post to reflect that it only glows green to let you know it is charging. Thanks!

      • 8bitremixguy

        No big deal, just trying to clear up information for people. Thanks for the quick fix!

  • Sankyou

    Active notifications are great but a multi-colored LED notification that coordinates with them would have been a nice touch.

    • Tony Francis Tirona Degan

      would defeat the purpose of what motorola was going for, which was:
      -different approach to notifications than samsung and/or any other competitor right now
      -better battery life, as active notifications uses less power than an led notification light.

      people that do this hack are essentially just taking a step back and undermining the innovations and design choices motorola has introduced, but hey to each’s own i guess..

      • Sankyou

        Good points. Love active notifications especially being color blind.

  • gommer strike

    I got all excited for nothing.

  • saddam

    hot to deivce boot?

  • saddam

    i’m getting a error ” your device doesn’t appear to be rooted”.