Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have hidden native DPI scaling

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Samsung phones typically have a smaller DPI setting that reduces the amount of information that can be displayed on any given screen estate. Now, it has been discovered that Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as well as others running on Android Marshmallow can be tweaked thanks to the native DPI scaling feature.

Android N has the ability to tweak the DPI with ease without any further modifications and that is a welcome change. Users of Samsung devices running Marshmallow such as S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5 can also make use of the DPI scaling feature that is hidden.

  • Download Nova Launcher, you do not have to set it as a default, just launch it to access the home screen.

  • Go to the Widget Selection window by long pressing on the homescreen and selecting Widgets.

  • Choose the “Activities” widget by holding it down and dropping it on a homescreen.

  • After the list populates scroll down to “Settings” and then choose .DisplayScalingActivity (it should be the 4th one). It will create a new icon on your desktop.

  • Select the icon to open the menu and make your selection.

  • Reboot on the confirmation window and go back to your normal launcher after the reboot.


Users won’t need to root their devices but will need to install Nova Launcher at least until they complete the process. You can head to the source to find out the full details regarding the process. The size of the icons won’t change as such but the new settings will allow for more content to be displayed on the screen at any given point of time. We hope that Samsung will roll out this feature directly to users preferably even before Android N hits the devices.


Author: Sandeep Sarma

Sandeep Sarma is a blogger and a freelance photographer. Apart from gadgets and phones, he also has a passion for movies and cars. He currently uses the S7 Edge as his main phone. Catch him on twitter at @sandeep9sarma