how to increase android mobile screen ppi

The panels of smartphones have evolved progressively to take us where we have come today. A few years ago, talking about more than 5.5 inches was talking about “phablets” , and now it is even difficult to find terminals that go below 6 inches .

With such sizes, sometimes, we see how the content of the panel is largely wasted with the factory settings that some smartphones bring. Therefore, we will teach you to change the DPI of your terminal, so you can enjoy much more content within the inches of which you have.


First of all, what are IPRs?

DPI refers to Dots per inch , so the term is often confused with the pixel density of a panel (PPI, or Pixels per inch ). This density of pixels (pixels per inch) corresponds to the number of pixels that a panel of certain inches has.

For example, a Huawei P30 Pro has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels in a panel of 6.47 inches, which causes the density of the panel is 398 pixels per inch . Thus, the PPI will influence the sharpness of the content (more pixels per inch, more sharpness), but they will have nothing to do with the size of the same.

IPRs should not be confused with PPIs. The first ones refer to the scaling that the system does to adapt to the screen, and the seconds to how many pixels we will see per inch of the panel

The DPI, meanwhile, refer to the size of the content that we will see on the screen , and can be adjusted to different values, regardless of how big or small the panel is, since this configuration is made by software .


In short, by changing the IPR settings, we can change the way we view the content. The higher the number of points, the more content we will see , and the lower, the less content. What does it make sense?


Changing DPIs manually

The option can be displayed under different names.

Some time ago, we told you that from Android Nougat 7.0 we could change the size of the content shown on the screen , but this has an inconvenience, and that is that we must stick to the sizes allowed by Google . Changing the DPI so that the content on the screen adapts to what we want is something quite personal, so it is always good to do it manually.


The process is simple, and does not require root or other oddities. We just have to go to the settings of our terminal, go to the information section of the phone , and press seven times on the number of compilation . In this way we will activate the development options , where we will find the option to change the DPI .


The matter is simple. If you want to see more content on the screen, upload the number. If you want to see less content, lower it.

Depending on the terminal, this option will have one or another name. For example, in the Google ROM it appears as the smallest width , and in a custom ROM, as the minimum width . As we indicated before, the more you upload the DPI, the more content you will see, although, as expected, the size of the DPI will be smaller. If you want to see less content, but bigger, you only have to download the number.


For example, the stock configuration of the smartphone that I am using made, for my taste, the content of applications such as Telegram or WhatsApp gigantic, this is how it is after modifying it .


With changing DPIs in only 51 points, in messaging applications such as Telegram, we gain up to two more contacts on the screen.

With a slight modification (from 360 to 411 dpi), we have gained the visualization of two more contacts , and although the content is now somewhat smaller, the differences are not too relevant. Within the messaging applications themselves, we can also gain a lot of space for the text.


The same applies to applications of the system such as the launcher itself, in which we can win the odd row with this same technique. Own system settings and other idem , the formula is the same, the more DPI, the more content we will see on the screen.


In this case, we have gained a full row of applications by changing the DPI.

In short, modifying the DPI is the best way to take advantage of the content of the panel . If we want to make the most of it, a 411 dpi configuration is usually ideal to maintain a balance between content and size. If you’re looking for everything to look bigger, a configuration of about 360 is, in our opinion, recommended. However, with this method you can find the midpoint that best suits you.