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One of the big selling points for Nothing Phone (1) is its Glyph interface. The micro-LED system that acts as a visual notification offers some more or less hidden features. NextPit introduces you to these functions in the video.

You’ve probably read about it in one of the countless videos or reviews about Phone None (1): the (too?) hyped smartphone has an element on the back that lights up when you receive a message. Similar to the bundle of keys you hold before a toddler’s eyes, the LED elements are meant to captivate an audience hungry for gimmicks and coolness.

And I saw some mockery in the Glyph interface, not without bitterness, finding it as useless as Google’s Soli project at the time (sniff). But we are not here to discuss that. Glyph UI is more than a flashing gimmick.

Syncing Glyphs to your music

You can sync the glyph icon to play the rhythm of the music coming out of the Nothing Phone’s speakers (1). It’s a bit like the old-fashioned Windows Media Player visualization, for those who remember. This function works with music streamed through Spotify or similar services, but also with songs stored locally on the smartphone.

  1. Make one Contact named “a bra“.
  2. Go to settings glyph interface and then to ringtone.
  3. Adding a contact “a bra“he added.
  4. Back to Glyph Settings return.
  5. Choice music show must be seen.
  6. Tap and activate
Glyph settings on Phone None (1)
The glyph icon lights up to the beat of the music you’re listening to – and this works for ringtones too. / © NextPit

You can delete an Abra contact and the option will remain active after that. So you don’t have to explain to your partner or partner (I’m not judging anyone) who this mysterious Abra is.

Use the Glyph feature as a flash for your photos and videos

Of course, Phone None (1) has the classic LED flash for users who would rather spoil their photos in low light than use the dedicated night mode. But you can also use the glyph feature to light up the scene. The LEDs then glow a bit like ring lights – like the glowing rings influencers use to light up their engaging vlogs.

  1. Type in photo app in lightning icon top left of the screen.
  2. Press three timesuntil you it Icon with letter C see who stands for – er – Glyph.
Camera software screenshot on Nothing Phone (1)
You can quickly switch between normal Flash and Glyph Blitz. / © NextPit

Turn on red light when you record video

Like the “real” camera, the Nothing Phone (1) also has a small red LED on the back that shows you that the smartphone is recording. This LED can be very useful if you are recording yourself with the photo module on the back and can’t check if the smartphone is actually recording.

  1. Go to photo app.
  2. Tap at the top of the screen down arrow.
  3. Tap it Icon with two concentric circles in the middle.
Camera software screenshot on Nothing Phone (1)
This is how you enable the red indicator to ensure that Phone None (1) is actually recording. / © NextPit

Activates the progress bar when you charge Phone None (1).

When charging Phone None (1), the glyph interface can display a progress bar showing the smartphone’s charge level. The meter will charge gradually as the No Phone Battery (1) is charged.

  1. Go to Glyph interface settings.
  2. Activate options meter charging.
Screenshot of settings in Phone None (1)
This is how you enable the progress bar to display the charging status of the smartphone. / © NextPit.

Turning the Glyph interface into an always-on display

The Nothing Phone (1) offers a feature called Flip to Glyph. This allows you to place the smartphone face down on a table and emit a light signal when you receive a notification. A bit like an always-on display but with a glyph LED instead.

  1. Go to Glyph interface settings.
  2. Activate options Back to Glyph.
Screenshot of settings in Phone None (1)
With the Flip to Glyph feature, you don’t have to look at your screen anymore. / © NextPit.

Create your own ringtones and notifications

Neither offers multiple different ringtones and notifications by default. But you can also create your own from the audio file you just uploaded. The glyph lights will then automatically sync to the rhythm of the ringtone. You can also associate a specific glyph icon with a contact of your choosing.

  1. Go to Glyph interface settings.
  2. go to ringtone.
  3. Create your own ringtone by selecting the desired audio file.
Screenshot of settings in Phone None (1)
You can create your own ringtones from your own music. / © NextPit

Incidentally, you can also turn off the light signal again if you just want to hear the ringtone sound.

That’s it for an overview of the Glyph interface functionality on Phone None (1). I’m not brainwashing you into believing that this feature is so important.

But I think it brings a certain gamification to the smartphone experience – like the easter egg you want to unlock. And: The glyph feature is completely unobtrusive, just the add-ons you decide to use.

What do you think about the Glyph interface?