Manage screen & display settings on Android

You can change your screen's brightness, font size, display size, rotation settings and more.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change display settings

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Tap the setting that you want to change. To see more settings, tap Advanced.

Tip: Find out how to quickly change common settings, like some display settings.

Use display settings

Brightness settings

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  • Brightness level
    To set your screen's brightness, tap Brightness level and move the slider Brightness.
  • Adaptive brightness
    To automatically fit your screen's brightness to the light around you, turn on Adaptive brightness. This is on by default. You can change your brightness while adaptive brightness is on. Over time, your phone will learn your preferences.

Screen settings

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  • Wallpaper
    Pick from default wallpapers, your photos and more.
  • Dark theme
    You can save battery by using a dark colour scheme on some screens, like your Settings app. Tap Dark theme.
    Note: If you can’t find 'Dark theme', follow the steps for older Android versions.
  • Screen timeout
    Change how long it takes for your phone’s screen to go black when you’re not using it.
  • Screensaver
    Set a screensaver to show photos, colourful backgrounds and more while your phone is charging.
  • Lock screen display
    If you don’t see 'Lock screen display', tap Ambient display.
    • Lock screen: Control how notifications show on your lock screen. 
    • Lock screen message: Add a line of text to your lock screen. 
    • Show lockdown option: Find out more about lockdown.
    • New notifications: Check new notifications on your lock screen. Find out how to control notifications.
    • Check your phone: On some phones, you can quickly view your notifications using gestures.

Visibility settings

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  • Font size
    Change the size of words on your screen.
  • Display size
    Make the items on your screen smaller or larger.
  • Auto-rotate screen
    Turn what's showing on the screen when you turn your phone.
    Tip: You can rotate your screen while Auto-rotate is turned off. Rotate your phone, then in the corner, tap Rotate Rotate.

Change language settings

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input and then Languages.
    If you don't see 'System', then under 'Personal', tap Languages & input and then Languages.
  3. To add a language:
    1. Tap Add a language Add.
    2. Choose the language that you want to use.
    3. Touch and drag your language to the top of the list.
  4. To remove a language:
    1. At the top, tap More More and then Remove.
    2. Pick a language.
    3. At the top, tap Delete Delete.

If you're using an older Android version

Device theme (Android 8.1)

Use a lighter or darker colour scheme on some screens, like your volume slider. Pick from:
  • Automatic (based on wallpaper)
  • Light
  • Dark

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