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How to change the DPI on your Android phone

Hello friends! The screen size of Android phones has changed dramatically over the years. Nowadays, screens larger than 6 inches have become the new standard, surpassing the 5.5 inches that were common until recently. A larger screen allows us to enjoy different types of content on the phone. In general, though, the screen is not always fully utilized. Luckily, we can do something, this is where DPI comes into play. To be able to display more content on the screen. So, in this post, we’ll show you how to change the DPI on your Android phone.

What is DPI

Dots per inch for short “DPI” They refer to the size of the content we are going to see on the phone screen. Therefore, they can be adjusted to various values, thus changing the way the content is displayed. Because of this, it allows you to take full advantage of the screen, especially in the case of an Android phone with a large screen. The DPI can be changed, something that happens through software. When we change this setting, the higher the number of dots, the more content we are going to see. Therefore, on a large screen, it can be interesting to increase this amount and have more content.

Changing the DPI on Android

Since Android Nougat 7.0 there is the possibility to change the size of this DPI manually on your phone. Each user is going to be able to adapt this to his screen and display in this way the amount of content that he considers appropriate in that case. So it is a personal configuration, that each one will be able to determine in their specific case. The way to be able to modify this on the phone is very easy. For this to be possible, you have to have the developer options enabled on the phone.

First step

Go to Settings>About phone. This is the phone information section, where you can find the system version and specifications.

Go to Settings>About phone change the DPI on your Android
Go to Settings>About phone

Second step

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Then go to Build number and click on it seven times. In some phones, the number may vary, but you have to do it until you see the message on the screen that says that the developer options have already been activated. In the case of Xiaomi phones, you must click on the MIUI version.

change the DPI on your Android
Then go to Build number and click on it seven times

Third step

After that, go to the developer options. Then look in the drawing section for the “smallest width” option and tap on it.

After that, go to the developer options change the DPI on your Android
After that, go to the developer options

Fourth step

Finally, set the DPI number and press the “OK” button. The most common is that they come in 360 DPI on the phone. If you want to raise them a little, you can choose 411, which is a slight modification, but it will immediately show a greater amount of content on the screen. You will notice it immediately in this case. You can also go for 480, which is a slightly bigger jump, but also works well and allows us to see a larger amount of content. It’s a matter of testing until you find the one that best suits your needs. Also, remember what is the default value in case you want to leave it as it was.

Finally, set the DPI number and press the "OK" button
Finally, set the DPI number and press the “OK” button


Undoubtedly, it is a very easy-to-use function, but that allows us a much more personalized use of our Android phone. Thus, you will be able to take advantage of the DPI if you have a phone with a large screen, as is common nowadays. Thanks for reading us. Bye!

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