In addition to protecting your Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover offers a few unique features to make it fun and effective to use your Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 accessories guide shows you everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover: unique features, how does the cover work, pros and cons of the cover, how to customize and use the cover.
Update: Added a new section of How to solve Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover problems after Android Pie update? If you get any issues with the LED cover after you update Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, you may check this section. It solves two possible problems:
- The Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover is not recognized by the phone.
- Notifications are not shown on the LED cover.
For other new features in Galaxy S9 Android Pie update, for example, new navigation gestures, lockdown mode, night mode, screen orientation lock (rotation toggle), new Recents screen, lock Galaxy S9 Home screen layout, floating keyboard, remap the Bixby butt, Bixby quick commands, updated camera app, lift to wake, tap to show (display mode) for Galaxy S9 always-on display (AOD) screen, are discussed here.
What are the unique features of Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover?
The official Galaxy S9 accessories were designed to enhance some features or improve the user experiences of Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Unlike the Galaxy S9 clear view cover, Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover does not have a translucent front. It is opaque.
So, Galaxy S9 LED cover uses LED dots on the cover to display icons for calls and notifications on the front cover.
The unique features of Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover includes:
- LED icons for incoming calls, notifications, alarms, battery status, clock and music controls. You can assign different LED icons for different contacts and different apps so that you can know who is calling or where is the notification from without opening the cover.
- LED with colours. You can assign border colours to the LED icons for Galaxy S9 LED cover. In previous generations of LED cover, there is no border colour option.
- Powered by the phone battery through the NFC connection (induction).
- Respond to incoming calls directly on the cover (LED part) without opening it.
- Control the music playing on the cover directly.
- Respond to alarms on the cover directly.
Of course, as a cover, Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover offers decent protection for the phone.
How does Samsung Galaxy S9 LED cover work?
As you may know, you need the power to light up LED icons. But there is no built-in battery in Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover.
So, how does the cover get the power?
The answer is NFC.
Samsung Galaxy S9 LED cover gets the power from the phone battery through NFC. The cover is a passive NFC device and communicates with the phone using the NFC chip inside the cover.
Like other passive NFC devices, the case can draw power from the phone through electromagnetic induction to power up itself to offer some features.
As power consumption for LED icons is very low, you should not worry about the battery consumption of the cover. It is very marginal.
You will not notice the difference in Galaxy S9 battery life with or without the LED cover.
Pros and cons of Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover
If you are considering whether Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover is a “right” cover for your Galaxy S9 or S9+, you may check the pros and cons of Samsung Galaxy S9 LED cover.
Please note, there are no perfect cases. It all depends on your requirements and budget.
Based on our review, Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover has the following advantages:
- It is an official case. The unique features of this LED cover will very likely work even after future software updates. Galaxy S9 and S9+ will get Android P and Q updates.
- Precise cutouts and perfect fit.
- Customizable LED icons for calls and notifications.
- Respond to calls and alarms without opening the case.
- A credit card holder inside the case. It is convenient for commuters to hold public transportation card.
- Decent and full protection for Galaxy S9 and S9+. It protects camera lens, screen, back and rim
- Top-notch build quality.
- Improved design with top side fully covered.
- Improved texture of the surface material.
- Wake up and sleep the phone when the case opens/closes.
Of course, there are some disadvantages of the Galaxy S9 LED wallet case:
- It is not wallet-friendly. The $64.99 list price is probably too high for many owners.
- There is no kickstand as in Galaxy S9 clear view cover.
- It is not light. The 50-60g weight may not be the taste for some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners.
- It may slightly slow down wireless charging.
Again, you should choose a case for Galaxy S9 and S9+ based on:
- Your budget.
- Your requirements.
In fact, some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners do not use any cases at all. It is all up to you.
How to use Samsung Galaxy S9 LED cover for Galaxy S9 and S9+?
After unboxing Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover, you need to remove the plastic films first.
When you apply the LED cover to Galaxy S9 or S9+, you should start from the top part. Because the top part is now fully covered except the microphone hole, it is hard to fit the phone into the case if you start from the bottom (the side with the USB port).
Once the Galaxy S9 LED cover is applied, Galaxy S9 or S9+ should recognize it immediately. It normally asks you to choose a Galaxy S9 theme for your S9 or S9+ to match the LED case.
If your phone fails to recognize the cover, you can try to reboot the phone.
Once Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover is recognized by the phone, you can find it in Settings —Advanced features—Accessories —LED view cover as shown below.
As shown above, you can turn on/off automatic unlock (marked as 1).
This option does NOT bypass your lock screen security settings. It only works if you set the lock screen security as none or swipe, which is not recommended.
How to use LED icon editor yo customize Samsung Galaxy S9 LED cover for Galaxy S9 and S9+?
As shown above, you can tap LED icon editor (marked as 2) to edit preloaded LED icons or to create your own LED icons for calls and notifications.
You can assign a LED icon to individual contacts or individual apps.
Besides the dedicated icons for calls and battery status, the LED wallet cover offers another 54 preloaded LED icons for you to assign to contacts and apps.
For the preloaded icons, you can customize them with a border colour.
You can tap the floating button to create your own LED icons.
For example, as shown below, tap Smiley icon. The number of 0 below the icon indicates that this icon is not associated with any apps or contacts.
In the Smiley page, Tap Choose colour as shown above if you want to add a border colour for the icon.
For example, after you choose the red colour, the preview window will show the icon with a red border as shown below.
You can assign this icon to a contact (or more contacts) so that this icon will be shown when the contact calls you or SMS you.
You can tap Add as shown below select a contact or a group of contacts for this icon if you want.
It is allowed to assign multiple contacts to one LED icon. But one contact can only have one LED icon.
If you assign an icon to a contact with other LED icons assigned, the last LED icon assigned will be used.
Of course, you can also assign this icon to one or more apps.
In the Smiley page, as shown above, tap the Notifications to navigate to notifications panel.
Then you can tap Add button to assign this icon to one or more apps.
After assigning the LED icon to an app, this LED icon will be shown when you get notifications from this app.
For example, after assigning the icon to some contacts and apps, as shown below, the number below the icon is not zero anymore.
Of course, we also customized the two LED icons with border colours as indicated in the screenshot.
As explained earlier, you can tap the floating button (action button) to create your own LED icons for Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover.
As shown above, there is a 17*9 (in pixels/dots) canvas for you to create your own LED icons.
You can tap individual dots to choose it. You can also draw a line to select all dots in that line.
After creating your own LED icons, you need to give it a name.
All LED icons created by you will be shown under the custom tab, not the preloaded tab.
You can add border colour for the created LED icons after they are saved in the custom tab.
How to solve Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover problems after Android Pie update?
After updating Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, some owners may find the Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover does not work properly or counter some other issues.
Problem 1: Galaxy S9 LED cover is not recognized by the phone after Android Pie update
If your LED cover is not recognized by Galaxy S9 or S9+, you may try (If one does not work, try the next one) :
- Remove the cover, wait a few mins, then, apply it again.
- Reboot the phone.
- Clear the cache partition.
- Reset Galaxy S9 settings (NOT factory data reset).
- Back up the phone, then try a factory data reset.
Please note, if you still cannot find LED icon editor in Settings —Advanced features — Accessories, then very likely, the chip in the LED cover is damaged. If the cover is still under warranty, you can try to claim it.
Problem 2: there are no notifications on the LED cover, although Galaxy S9 LED cover is recognized by the phone after Android Pie update
To show notifications on Galaxy S9 LED cover, you need to grant the notification access permission to the LED icon editor app (the LED cover).
In Galaxy S9 Settings, tap Apps to open Application Manager, as shown in the screenshot below.
In the Apps page (Application Manager), tap the menu key (3 vertical dots near top right) as shown above.
In the Apps menu, tap Special Access as shown below.
In the Special access page, as shown above, tap Notification access.
Now, in the Notification access page, as shown below, you need o make sure the switch right to LED icon editor is on.
If it is off (as in the screenshot bellow), you can tap the switch, or drag it to the right side.
When you try to grant the notification access to the LED icon editor (LED cover), you need to confirm it as shown above.
Tap Allow to grant the permission so that Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover can display notifications.
Now, your Galaxy S9 LED cover should work now. You may try to reboot the phone.
For very a few owners, you may need to check the permissions for the LED icon editor.
In the Application Manager, find the LED icon editor app, then tap it to open it as shown below.
In the App info page for the LED icon editor, swipe down to find permissions.
Tap Permissions as shown below.
In the app permissions page for the LED icon editor app, you need to make sure the 3 permissions are enabled.
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For the user guide for new features of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, please check Galaxy S9 new features guides page.
For using Galaxy S9 and S9+, please check Galaxy S9 how-to guides page.
For using Galaxy S9 camera, please check Galaxy S9 camera guides page.
For accessories for Galaxy S9 and S9+, please check Galaxy S9 accessories guides page.
For the official Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ user guides (in PDF format), please check Galaxy S9 user guides page.