Nanostructures have been proved to be an efficient way of modifying/improving the performance of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The achievements in photon management include strain relaxation, light extraction enhancement, radiation pattern control, and white-light devices. In this paper, we discuss the impact and the underlying physics of applying nanotechnology on LEDs. A variety of nanostructures are introduced, as well as the fabrication techniques. © 1972-2012 IEEE.