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By Pawnty, Senior Member on 19th April 2017, 06:49 AM
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I'm not sure how widely known this is, but it's possible to change the DPI of your new phone if (like me) you find that everything is too big. It's super easy too.

1. Go to About Phone > Software Info and tap the Build number 7ish times to unlock the developer options menu.
2. Back out to settings, enter the Developer options menu now at the bottom of the list.
3. Scroll down until you find the Minimum width setting in the Drawing section about 3/4 of the way down. It's set to 411dp by default on the S8+.
4. Change it to whatever you prefer! Higher number = everything gets smaller, Lower number = everything gets bigger.

Enjoy your extra space!
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21st April 2017, 10:56 AM |#2  
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Awesome.. one problem.. keyboard looks wierd after changing width
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21st April 2017, 11:04 AM |#3  
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If the keyboard looks weird.. Go up on DPI because its breaking up the design.
Im at 460 on highest resolution. And its not breaking that.
21st April 2017, 07:24 PM |#4  
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If the keyboard looks weird.. Go up on DPI because its breaking up the design.
Im at 460 on highest resolution. And its not breaking that.

Is your AOD centered (if you have it enabled)? I set my S8 to 420 and the AOD was slightly skewed to the right. Tried pushing it down to 411, which I guess is default on the S8+ and it re-centered the AOD. I'm assuming there are various 'accepted' DPI settings that won't break the layout; I think somebody listed them for the Pixel on Reddit, but I can't find a similar listing for the S8. Any ideas?
21st April 2017, 09:33 PM |#5  
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Is your AOD centered (if you have it enabled)? I set my S8 to 420 and the AOD was slightly skewed to the right. Tried pushing it down to 411, which I guess is default on the S8+ and it re-centered the AOD. I'm assuming there are various 'accepted' DPI settings that won't break the layout; I think somebody listed them for the Pixel on Reddit, but I can't find a similar listing for the S8. Any ideas?

I also noticed it not being centered after changing the DPI, and what's worse after setting it back to 411 it's still not centered
22nd April 2017, 01:01 AM |#6  
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I'm at 480 and it's great. My aod is centered, but isn't it supposed to move a little very slowly to prevent burn in?

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22nd April 2017, 03:49 AM |#7  
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I'm at 480 and it's great. My aod is centered, but isn't it supposed to move a little very slowly to prevent burn in?

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Indeed, feels like something I should have remembered. Thanks for pointing that out.
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22nd April 2017, 11:16 AM |#8  
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I am at 576.
Aod is centered but obviously small.
I use SwiftKey for keyboard and Nova launcher. Hence do not see any other issues
Increased font size and bold font so that I can read stuff better. I

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22nd April 2017, 12:12 PM |#9  
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I'm on 425 und I love it.
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22nd April 2017, 02:53 PM |#10  
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449 for me. Been using it since S7e lollipop Beta. No issues I also use nova
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22nd April 2017, 03:38 PM |#11  
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500 here w/ all apps full-screen, bold font just a shade above tiny. So glad this is able to be done w/o root, along w/ multi window for any app!
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