Nothing Phone (1): 6 secret functions of the Glyph interface

One of the main selling points of the Nothing Phone (1) is its Glyph interface. This system of microLEDs acts as visual notifications, offering more or less secret features that I will show you here and in a video.

You’ve probably already read it in one of the countless opinions and other videos on the Nothing Phone (1), the most (over?) hyped smartphone of the year, which features luminous symbols that light up with each time you receive a message. It’s a bit like waving a bunch of keys in front of an infant’s eyes to distract the little one, where small lights are supposed to attract an audience hungry for gimmicks and coolness.

And I see some of them laughing, but not without bitterness in front of this Glyph interface that they consider as useless as the late Google Soli project at the time (sniff). However, we are not here to talk about that. The Glyph interface is little more than a blinking ringtone.

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Sync Glyph with your music

You can sync Glyph to light up to the beat of the music coming out of the Nothing Phone’s speakers (1). It’s a bit like old-school Windows Media Player visualizations for those who’ve experienced it before. This function works with both stream music through Spotify or other apps as well as locally downloaded songs on your smartphone.

  1. To create a Contact called Abra.
  2. Go to the settings of the Glyph interface then to Ringtones.
  3. Add contact Abra.
  4. Come back to Glyph settings.
  5. The option Visualize the music should be visible.
  6. Tap on it and activate it.

Glyph lights up to the beat of the music you’re listening to, and this feature also works for ringtones. / © NextPit

You can delete the Abra contact and the option will remain active after that. No need to explain to your spouse (I’m not judging anyone) who this famous Abra is.

Use Glyph as a flash for your photos and videos

The Nothing Phone (1) obviously has a classic LED flash for users who prefer to ruin their photos in low light conditions rather than using the dedicated night mode. But you can also use Glyph to light up a scene. The LEDs then light up much like those selfie rings influencers use to light up their exciting vlogs.

  1. In the photo requestpress the flash icon at the top left of the screen.
  2. Press 3 times until you see the icon with the letter C which represents the Glyph.
Nothing Phone (1) Glyph interface

You can quickly switch between normal flash and Glyph flash. / © NextPit

Turn on red light when shooting video

As on a classic camera, the Nothing Phone (1) has a small red light on the back to indicate that the smartphone is filming. This light can be very useful if you are filming with the rear camera module and you cannot check if the smartphone is recording correctly since you cannot see the screen.

  1. Go to the photo request.
  2. press the arrow pointing down at the top of the screen.
  3. press the 2 concentric circles icon between.
Nothing Phone (1) Glyph interface

Here’s how to turn on the red flag to make sure your Nothing Phone (1) is recording. / © NextPit

Enable progress bar when charging the Nothing Phone (1)

When you plug the Nothing Phone (1) into the mains, the Glyph interface may display a progress bar to let you know how charged the smartphone is. It fills up as the battery of the Nothing Phone (1) charges.

  1. Go to the Glyph interface settings.
  2. Activate it load meter option.
Nothing Phone (1) Glyph interface

Here’s how to activate the progress bar to indicate the charge level of the smartphone. / © NextPit

Turn the Glyph interface into Always On Display

The Nothing Phone (1) offers a feature called Flip to Glyph which allows you to lay the smartphone face down and emit light signals when you receive notifications. Kind of like an Always On Display, but with glyphs.

  1. Go to the Glyph interface settings.
  2. Activate it Return to glyph option.
Nothing Phone (1) Glyph interface

With the Flip to Glyph feature, you no longer need to check your screen. / © NextPit

Create your own ringtones and notifications

Nothing offers multiple default ringtones and notifications, but you can also create your own from downloaded audio files. The glyphs will then automatically synchronize with the ringtone. You can also associate a particular glyph with a contact of your choice.

  1. Go to the Glyph interface settings.
  2. Go to Ringtones.
  3. Create your ringtone by choosing the audio file of your choice.
Nothing Phone (1) Glyph interface

You can create custom ringtones from your own songs. / © NextPit

You can choose to turn off the lights if you only want the buzzer sound.

That’s it for this overview of the Glyph interface features on the Nothing Phone (1). I’m not telling you that this feature is absolutely essential.

But I find it brings a degree of gamification to the user experience, like Easter eggs that should be unlocked. And in any case, it’s not disturbing in any way, it’s just a bonus that you can decide to use or not.

What do you think of this Glyph interface?