How to change DPI on Android Using ADB (No Root)

Are you bored with your device default DPI (dots per inch)? Probably your font or app icons too on your screen and you don’t like it. You can alter your device default DPI and set a new DPI value of your choice. DPI refers to the Density Independence on your device, which is the ratio of your device’s resolution to the display size. In this guide, we’ve explained how to change DPI on Android devices using ADB commands

How to change DPI on Android Using ADB

Before you change DPI on Android, keep in mind that altering your device DPI may cause the Google Play Store to incorrectly label your device as incompatible when downloading apps. This is caused by developers limiting their app’s compatibility based on a device’s DPI value. So if for any reason you get an error, all you have to do is revert back to your original DPI and download the app again. Once you have the app installed, you can switch back to your custom DPI.

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This whole process relies on issuing ADB commands to your device, so if you don’t have ADB installed on your PC, Download mininal adb and fastboot tool.

Steps to change DPI density on Android

Before going any further, you should check your original DPI in case you need to revert back later.

Step 1 – Plug in your Android to your PC making sure ADB is enable on your device.

Step 2 – Launch adb and fastboot tool and key in the following command :

adb shell dumpsys display grep mBaseDisplayInfo
How to change DPI on Android Using ADB (No Root)
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How to change DPI on Android Using ADB (No Root)

The output will have a part that says “density,” next to which is your original value. Write that number down somewhere safe.

The DPI you choose depends only on your personal preference. Android devices ship with DPIs ranging from 120 up to 640, but know that as you decrease the value, the icons and font size decrease as well.

Step 3 – Now, in your Command Prompt window, enter the following command to change your DPI. (replace DPI which the value of your choice. e.g adb shell wm density 240 && adb reboot .)

adb shell wm density DPI && adb reboot

Your device will reboot automatically, and once back on, your new DPI will be in effect give you a pretty decent feel.

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Now you’ve successfully changed your DPI on your device.

Which DPI works best for your Android device? Share your screenshots/device below!


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