Turn your Nexus 5 into a Nexus 6: ”Ambient Display” notifications

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The Nexus 6 has a very cool feature a lot of us stuck with a Nexus 5 are drooling about: ”Ambient Display” notifications. That’s the black and white display you see briefly when a new notification comes in and is basically the same thing as Active Notifications on the original Moto X. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get the Nexus 6 ”Ambient Display” notifications on your Nexus 5. We’ll bring you more transformative tutorials in future.

Now, you need to be rooted to install this cool feature and running stock Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. If you haven’t rooted your Nexus 5 already, you can follow our simple walkthrough on how to root the Nexus 5. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into first though, as there are always some risks involved and I won’t be buying you a new phone if you botch the procedure. Note: the power saving features of a grayscale notifications screen on a LCD display won’t be felt like they would on a AMOLED display, but it’s still a cool feature to have.

How to install Nexus 6 ”Ambient Display” notifications on the Nexus 5

1. Assuming your Nexus 5 is rooted and running stock Android 5.0.1, all you need to do is download this zipon your Nexus 5. (Don’t forget to pay your respects toRaffaele88 at XDA Developers for the hack).

2. Next, you need to flash it in your custom recovery. If you don’t have a custom recovery installed, you can follow the steps in our Nexus 5 root tutorial.

3. Turn off your Nexus 5 and restart in Fastboot Mode. To do this, press and hold the Power button and Volume Down button.

4. Use the volume buttons to highlight Recovery Mode and press the Power button to confirm.

5. In Recovery Mode you’ll see your particular custom recovery interface. I’m using CWM but you might be on TWRP. They look different but it’s all pretty similar stuff. You want to select Install or Install > Choose zip from last install folder, depending on your particular recovery software.

6. Locate the zip file and press the Power button to select it. Confirm you want to flash the zip file. You’ll see a nice confirmation of flashing success at the bottom.

7. Back up to the main recovery screen and select ”Reboot System Now” to restart your Nexus 5.

8. Once your Nexus 5 restarts, head to Settings > Display and you’ll now see the option for ”Ambient Display” which you should turn on if it isn’t already.




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