With the latest version of Light Flow the versions of the app have had some name changes as follows:
Light Flow becomes Light Flow Pro
Light Flow Lite become Light Flow
Light Flow Legacy keeps the same name
To understand the versions, here's a little history......
Light flow started out 5 1/2 years ago back in the days of Android Froyo. Things have changed a little since then. At the time in app purchases didn't exist and the very first versions of the app were paid for only.
About a year later a Lite free version was created so users could see what the full version could do but with a reduced feature set.
This simple model worked well but meant that if somebody wanted to upgrade they had to remove the lite version and install the standard version - loosing their settings or having to transfer or back them up.
Therefore once available in-app-purchases were added to the lite version to allow for a simpler upgrade path.
This was all fine until Android 6 came out with some breaking changes to the way the app would work for showing the LED. From android 6, any app built for Android 6 (ie with android 6 features) required a persistent notification. I'm really aware that people didn't like this (I'd guess this would be an issue and customer feedback certainly emphasized it), so Light Flow Legacy was built.
Legacy works on Android 6 in a kind of compatibility mode allowing notifications to work without a persistent notification (but it does miss a few android 6 specific features).
I didn't want people to have to pay for Legacy so came up with a method to prevent people paying again, but it means having the full and legacy version both installed.
As you can tell, things started to get complicated and if people wanted to move between the standard version and legacy it was a real pain.
Therefore this week we've introduced
Light Flow (License only)
This allows users to purchase the license to obtain full features and easily switch between versions.
Therefore the names were changed so that hopefully most users will initially install either
Light Flow or
Light Flow Legacy
Then if they like the app they can just purchase the license.
The Pro version ideally wouldn't exist, but with over 100,000 people using it and Google providing no simple migration path both versions need to exist.
Anyone wanting to move to the new License only from the Pro version can get in touch and a license can be provided. Just let us know your google order Id of the purchase when getting in touch.
For Samsung devices running android 6 and above we recommend using Light Flow Legacy as it allows for the always on screen to work with the LED and it also doesn't require the persistent notification. There have been some reports of the phone app going very slow or the phone reporting it's going slow because of Light Flow on Android 7. If you are having problems after upgrading from Android 6 to Android 7 try going into your phone settings.
Select "Light Flow" (Or Light Flow Legacy)
Select Storage and "Clear data"
This will reset the app to its default state, but will hopefully resolve the issue.
Light Flow Legacy is required if you want the "always on" screen to work, if using the standard/pro version you'll need to switch it off for the led to work
Android 7 users
The workarounds for Android 6 are not required in android 7, but you may have to clear the apps data if your phone upgrades from 6 to 7.
Go into your phone settings
Select "Light Flow"
This will reset the app and should fix issues that some users may be having after the upgrade.
Note you shouldn't need any of the samsung workaround options on in android 7
Android 6 users
Light Flow, when prompted, make sure you switch the following:
Notification Access (In your phone settings, Lock screen and security->Other security settings->Notification access if Light Flow doesn't prompt)
Accessibility (In your phone settings, Accessibility if Light Flow doesn't prompt)
Samsung workaround. When it's enabled the yellow box will show "disable workaround" as it'll currently be enabled.
If you have any apps which allow controlling the LED in their settings, make sure you switch that option off. e.g. Facebook, whatsapp, twitter, Skype all have settings that can be switched off.
Some users are reporting that certain apps will cause the LED to still turn blue. The following are notifications that may cause this, but there may be more
Email (samsung's email app)
If you get a blue led override the correct led for these then so far the only option seems to be in lightflow to set the "switch screen on" option for these notifications. You can set a small screen on time such as 0.3 seconds which seems to fix the issue.
Side effects of the samsung workaround
Due to the workaround there Are A Few Side-Effects For Light Flow Controlling Apps Where The Native App Is Raising A Notification.
You may get duplicate vibrations and sound if using the native app to control them instead of Light Flow
If the notification is expandable and has buttons then if the button doesn't launch the app then the notification will persist. For example Gmail shows an "Archive" and "Reply" button. If you press "Archive" the archive process will happen but the notification will still persist. Just swipe away to clear it. For the "Reply" button, when it's pressed enters Gmail to reply and therefore clears the notification automatically.
If an app can normally remotely clear a notification (for example when you view a Gmail on another device) this notification won't automatically clear.
Note that all these side-effects only happen for apps without the option to switch the led off that would normally show one.
Are you still seeing a blue led when you've selected another color?
This will usually when system/stock apps raise a notification such as the messenger app, missed calls etc. Some users have reported that going into lightflow for these notifications and enabling the "Switch screen on" option helps ensure the LED ends up the correct color.
Why do Messenger notifications not always show?
The samsung sms app works a little differently to most other messaging apps.
Try going into light flow, notification settings, SMS and on the first tab set the last 4 options to
as shown in the screenshot above and see if that helps. Note that with these settings contact specific sms notifications will not trigger. If you want them to we'd recommend using a different messeging app such as EvolveSMS which allows you to switch off the LED control in their app.
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