How to change density from 480 to 420 (same as Pixel) without root

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CLShortFuse

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If you're like me, you probably find the XZ's default density of 480 makes items far too large and cuts out text. The Googl Pixel, which is also a 5.0" 1080p screen uses a 420dpi. To make your XZ the same:

* Enable developer settings
* Enable ADB over USB
* From a computer, with adb, type:

adb shell wm density 420

The change will be instant, though a reboot is recommended.
 

chawlasrijan

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If you're like me, you probably find the XZ's default density of 480 makes items far too large and cuts out text. The Googl Pixel, which is also a 5.0" 1080p screen uses a 420dpi. To make your XZ the same:

* Enable developer settings
* Enable ADB over USB
* From a computer, with adb, type:

adb shell wm density 420

The change will be instant, though a reboot is recommended.
Can you add a screenshot comparing both the densities ?
Thank you
 
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If you're like me, you probably find the XZ's default density of 480 makes items far too large and cuts out text. The Googl Pixel, which is also a 5.0" 1080p screen uses a 420dpi. To make your XZ the same:

* Enable developer settings
* Enable ADB over USB
* From a computer, with adb, type:

adb shell wm density 420

The change will be instant, though a reboot is recommended.

This is the greatest thing ever. Thanks heaps!

Any way to shrink the notification text to match? Cheers, mate!

Edit: a restart fixed it - all good! I found 400 to be perfect for me. Thanks again.
 
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ClementNg23

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The change takes effect immediately so watch your screen closely before pressing enter on terminal.
Reboot after change is still advised.

460 dpi (27% battery)

csg28du.png

RL2hMSX.jpg



420 dpi (29% battery)

iGGkz4i.jpg

zyHOu1b.jpg



440 dpi

DKh36KO.jpg



Bonus:
The "recognized developer" badge on play store screwed up after a reboot... Just thought it is interesting

dXAmxkA.png

 

Heinous

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How does reducing the density make icons and text appear smaller? Shouldn't it do the opposite? How does this change affect the picture quality of the display (same, worse, better)?
 

CLShortFuse

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Window Manager density isn't the same as device density in build.prop. There are awkward effects when developers don't use the WM density. Also, you rely on nodpi packages now.

Still, the side effects are rare and IMO the pros greatly outweigh the cons.
 

coleburns

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If you're like me, you probably find the XZ's default density of 480 makes items far too large and cuts out text. The Googl Pixel, which is also a 5.0" 1080p screen uses a 420dpi. To make your XZ the same:

* Enable developer settings
* Enable ADB over USB
* From a computer, with adb, type:

adb shell wm density 420

The change will be instant, though a reboot is recommended.

Thanks for this. However i noticed noughat has this functionality built in but it seems to only have 3 (Small to Large) settings, whereas the pixels phone have 5 (small to Largest).

Have sony been stupid and just reduced functionality?
 

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There is actually a simpler way. .You can find the same in "Developer Options" on your device with Android 7.0 Nougat, just below the Animation Settings ;)
 
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pw1nce

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I GOT SCREENSHOTS!
The change takes effect immediately so watch your screen closely before pressing enter on terminal.
Reboot after change is still advised.

460 dpi (27% battery)

csg28du.png

RL2hMSX.jpg



420 dpi (29% battery)

iGGkz4i.jpg

zyHOu1b.jpg



440 dpi

DKh36KO.jpg



Bonus:
The "recognized developer" badge on play store screwed up after a reboot... Just thought it is interesting

dXAmxkA.png


What's the theme you using?
 

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    If you're like me, you probably find the XZ's default density of 480 makes items far too large and cuts out text. The Googl Pixel, which is also a 5.0" 1080p screen uses a 420dpi. To make your XZ the same:

    * Enable developer settings
    * Enable ADB over USB
    * From a computer, with adb, type:

    adb shell wm density 420

    The change will be instant, though a reboot is recommended.
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    If you're like me, you probably find the XZ's default density of 480 makes items far too large and cuts out text. The Googl Pixel, which is also a 5.0" 1080p screen uses a 420dpi. To make your XZ the same:

    * Enable developer settings
    * Enable ADB over USB
    * From a computer, with adb, type:

    adb shell wm density 420

    The change will be instant, though a reboot is recommended.
    Can you add a screenshot comparing both the densities ?
    Thank you
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    Thanks but i cant seem to find it in developer options. do yoiu mind sending a screen grab
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    There is actually a simpler way. .You can find the same in "Developer Options" on your device with Android 7.0 Nougat, just below the Animation Settings ;)
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    460 is good 5 icon in Pixel launcher and looks good
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