Manage screen & display settings on a Pixel phone

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


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: You can get to the settings you use most from any screen with Quick Settings. Learn how to quickly change common settings.

Use display settings

Brightness settings

  • Brightness level
    To set your screen's brightness, tap Brightness level and move the slider .
  • Adaptive brightness
    To automatically fit your screen's brightness to the light around you, turn on Adaptive brightness. This option is on by default. You can change your brightness while adaptive brightness is on. Over time, your phone will learn your preferences.
    Tip: On Pixel 4 and later Pixel phones, adaptive brightness can temporarily brighten your screen above the normal maximum to make reading easier when you’re in extremely bright ambient lighting, like direct sunlight.
  • Dark theme
    Tap Dark theme. To save your phone's battery, darken the background on some of your phone's screens. You can set Dark theme to automatically turn on at certain times. Learn how to schedule Dark theme
  • Night Light
    You can make it easier to use your phone in dim light. Learn how to use Night Light.

Screen settings

  • Wallpaper
  • Themed icons
    Change supported app icons to match your phone's color scheme. 
  • Dark theme
    You can save battery by using a dark color scheme on some screens, like your Settings app. Tap Dark theme.
  • Screen timeout
    Change how long it takes for your phone’s screen to go black when you’re not using it.
  • Screen attention (Pixel 4 & later)
    Keep your screen turned on when you're looking at it.
    • Screen attention works best when the screen is well-lit but not in direct sunlight.
    • Activate Google Assistant on your Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro and ask, "How do I keep my phone unlocked longer?" Learn more about Pixel support on Assistant.
  • Ambient EQ (Pixel 4 only)
    Automatically adjust your screen's color temperature to the light around you.
  • Smooth Display
    For some content, you can automatically raise the refresh rate for: Tip: This increases battery usage.
    • Pixel 7 and 7a - up to 90 Hz
    • Pixel 7 Pro - up to 120 Hz
  • Screen saver
    Set a screen saver to show photos, colorful backgrounds, and more while your phone is charging. Learn how to use screen savers.
  • Lock screen display
  • Colors
    • Natural: See the most accurate colors.
    • Boosted: See accurate colors with more vividness. This is on by default for Pixel 2.
    • Adaptive (Pixel 3 & later): See the most vivid colors and keep color details. This is on by default.
    • Saturated (Pixel 2 only): See the most vivid colors.

Visibility settings

  • 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 .
  • When phone is in VR mode
    Change whether your phone reduces blur or flicker when in VR mode.

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