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Thread: Disabling white LED next to the charging port, to make the phone dark while charging

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    Thank you. I will do this. I was misinformed and thought that the soft keys would be lit at all times while docked. I now understand that if the screen is off while the device is docked, the soft keys will also turn off. This is the ideal solution.
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    Just use a strip of black electrical tape at night.

    This light really effects your sleep? Damn, I can fall asleep with my clothes on, half off the bed, with the tv/lights/computer all on.


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    The LED turns off once the device is fully charged, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rednukleus View Post
    Thank you. I will do this. I was misinformed and thought that the soft keys would be lit at all times while docked. I now understand that if the screen is off while the device is docked, the soft keys will also turn off. This is the ideal solution.
    I bought the dock and the only way to use it as an alarm clock was to have the phone on. In that case, the four white lights will be on at all times. The only work around to this is to turn the phone off, then plug it into the dock. It will turn on without the white lights and still let you see the clock.

    But just to give you a heads up - in that case - even with a 3rd party app, it still lit up half of my dark room and kept my wife awake. The phone dimmed all the way even with a 3rd party app is brighter than the little white LED that already bothers you.

    I returned the dock because in my mind, it didn't work properly. I could potentially live with the brighter alarm clock lights, but the whole "trick" to get the white lights on the bottom of the phone to stay off is just something stupid that you shouldn't have to do. Not to mention if you leave the alarm screen the lights turn back on.

    Only a complete ****ing idiot would design a dock to be used for an alarm clock and charging, and then do the equivalent of attaching a flashlight to the bottom of the phone. Unless you sleep in the daylight (which you obviously don't seeing as how you are not happy with the white LED charging light), the dock is a piece of ****...but that's just my opinion. Some people here have taped over the lights at night, etc...but you shouldn't have to do that with a 30 dollar dock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matth3w View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rednukleus View Post
    Thank you. I will do this. I was misinformed and thought that the soft keys would be lit at all times while docked. I now understand that if the screen is off while the device is docked, the soft keys will also turn off. This is the ideal solution.
    I bought the dock and the only way to use it as an alarm clock was to have the phone on. In that case, the four white lights will be on at all times. The only work around to this is to turn the phone off, then plug it into the dock. It will turn on without the white lights and still let you see the clock.

    But just to give you a heads up - in that case - even with a 3rd party app, it still lit up half of my dark room and kept my wife awake. The phone dimmed all the way even with a 3rd party app is brighter than the little white LED that already bothers you.

    I returned the dock because in my mind, it didn't work properly. I could potentially live with the brighter alarm clock lights, but the whole "trick" to get the white lights on the bottom of the phone to stay off is just something stupid that you shouldn't have to do. Not to mention if you leave the alarm screen the lights turn back on.

    Only a complete ****ing idiot would design a dock to be used for an alarm clock and charging, and then do the equivalent of attaching a flashlight to the bottom of the phone. Unless you sleep in the daylight (which you obviously don't seeing as how you are not happy with the white LED charging light), the dock is a piece of ****...but that's just my opinion. Some people here have taped over the lights at night, etc...but you shouldn't have to do that with a 30 dollar dock.
    I just set my alarm...docked it...turned off the screen with the power button...waited...alarm went off no problem.
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    Interesting.

    I guess that leaves out the ability to use it as a clock, though. So for home use it's ok (for me) because I have my regular alarm clock there), but traveling there is no point in dragging around a relatively heavy dock that can't be used as a clock during the night...I might as well just bring a regular wall charger.

    My points about the design and flaws still stand.
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    Option 6
    Get a different phone.
    Seriously.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by &roid View Post
    Option 6
    Get a different phone.
    Seriously.....
    Quote Originally Posted by &roid View Post
    Option 6
    Get a different phone.
    Seriously.....
    Two very insightful and helpful posts from you.
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    Put your phone in a sock. Clean one preferably.
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    Thanks for all the informative responses. I use AppAlarm for my alarm clock, so the comment about 3rd-party apps applies. To clarify my personal situation, I turn off the screen entirely every night and never use the phone as an at-a-glance bedside clock. The screen is too bright for that purpose. I have three tasks that I want my phone to complete during the night: charge the phone, emit no light, and make noise in the morning to wake me up.

    I will not get the dock. The dock is a good solution for the home if I can use it to make the phone completely dark while charging. I would be out of luck while traveling because I would not bring the dock. I will just take a sharpie to the LED and be done with it. DROID
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