How to Make Your Android Device Screen Looks Bigger / Smaller

Want to make your Android device screen looks bigger, or even smaller? Find out various ways on how to transform your Android device screen size on this post…

Indotechboy — Hoho feels so long I’m not posting on this blog. Thankfully the migration process went smoothly, now we are moved from Blogger to our new self hosted platfrom, Yeah! Now today, I want to share a modding tutorial on how to make your Android device looks bigger, or smaller.

If you have an Android phone with small screen (like me, my Android phone only has 4 inch screen 😀), maybe sometimes you think if you could make the items to be displayed smaller so you can see more items and elements at once in your Android device screen viewport (Maybe not for you, but it’s my own experience 😀).

Now there are various ways on how we can transform our Android device screen size. Basically, it will be revolving around changing the value of the “screen resolution” and the DPI (Dots Per Inch).


» For CyanogenMod 12-based and newer custom ROM user: Change DPI value in Settings menu

If you are using CyanogenMod 12 and newer (now LineageOS)-based custom ROM, there are a setting under your Settings menu that allow us to change our screen DPI setting.

Go to your “Setting” menu, then choose “Display”. You can find “DPI setting” there and can change it. Just remember your original DPI setting value there so you can roll back to it if you think the new DPI value just make your Android device screen looks uglier for you.

The smaller the DPI value you entered, the “bigger” your screen will be and you will see more items and elements rendered on your Android device screen viewport.

» Editing your Android device system “build.prop”

This second method is definitely need root access. It’s basically just like the first method before, we can make our Android device screen looks bigger or smaller by changing the DPI setting. But the difference here, is we make change directly to the system build.prop.

“build.prop” is a plain text file located under your /system/build.prop Android device. Your Android device will use the values written in this file as the basic configuration of your Android device system configuration. Example other configurations written inside build.prop are SIM cards (RIL) configuration, ringtone configuration, even you can “change your Android version” by editting the build.prop, and many more.

Using your favorite file manager, Go to your Android device root /system directory, search for a file build.prop and edit it. Search for line ro.sf.lcd_density. Change the value to your like.

Also read: MiXplorer – The All In One File Manager Android App

The smaller the ro.sf.lcd_density value, means the smaller the DPI for your Android device screen and your screen will render more items on your visible screen viewport. Also don’t forget, to remember the original value so you can revert back to it if your new value gave you unwanted results.

» Using screen resolution changer application: NOMone Resolution Changer

If we search on Play Store “screen resolution changer”, then maybe you will find some apps that you can use for these purposes. But for me, my favorite screen resolution changer Android app is “NOMone Resolution Changer“.

By using NOMone Resolution Changer, we can easily change our Androi device screen resolution and the DPI value by simply input the value.

We can also use predefined devices screen size templates provided in the NOMone Screen Resolution Changer app. For example if you curious how your Android device screen will looks like if you use Samsung’s devices, Sony’s devices, and other device model screen sizes in your Android device screen, go ahead you can experiment to use those screen size templates 😀.

» Using App Settings Xposed module

Allright for the last method of our today’s tutorial on how to transform our Android device screen size is also by another my favorite Android app, it is “App Settings” Xposed module Android application.

Besides rooted, there is one additional requirement you need in order to use App Settings Android app: Xposed Framework installed.

By using App Settings Xposed module Android app, we can change our Android device DPI setting per-app basis. Yes, the advantage is we can modify the DPI setting to make our Android device screen looks bigger or smaller only for the selected Android app or game rather than a system wide change.

That’s all the methods you could try to transform your Android device screen whether you’re looking a way to make your Android device “bigger” so you could see more items rendered on your visible screen viewport, or to make it “smaller” so you can get bigger texts, icons, etc displayed on your Android device screen.

If you think you another good method on how to transform Android device screen size, feel free to share it on the comment box below!

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Blogger Magang spent his time mostly with his Android smartphone. Loves RPG game and personalizing his Android phone.

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