Android phones have many display settings that most users don’t know about that can drastically change the way your phone looks.
Most Android mobile phone owners leave the default screen settings on their mobile phone and only care about which apps to install and which image to set as the background.
The default display settings are suitable for the majority of users and do not take battery saving into account, but they cannot know your tastes either.
But the operating system gives you the possibility to modify a lot of things and adapt the mobile to both your personal tastes and your needs. For example, if you suffer from presbyopia, make the font bigger, change the brightness, color vibrancy, put on a dark theme, etc. Let’s see them one by one.
Our photos and descriptions refer to a Xiaomi RedMi Note pro 9 mobile phone, running a variant of Android, MIUI 14 and in Greek. The following settings are not in the same place for all phones.
But they all exist somewhere in the menu, probably in a corresponding position. If you’re having trouble with any of these, you can do a quick search in the system settings to find it.
Light and dark mode
All modern Android phones have the option to choose between a light mode and a dark mode (dark mode and night light), with light being the default.
You can therefore try the dark mode which will also save you battery, since the screen will not use excess energy to light up. You can also set it to turn on and off at specific times, such as sunrise and sunset.
This option is worth turning on as it can reduce eye strain at night and can potentially improve your sleep. Some people also prefer a dark background to a light background.
To activate dark mode, go to system settings, then “Display” and you will see it. Alternatively, in the settings, search for the word “Dark”.
Another dark mode setting is to enable it per app. In other words, some applications must be in dark mode and others in light mode.
Font type and size
Your mobile’s default font is Roboto. But you can change it by choosing another one from a large list available.
You will again need to go to Settings > Display and scroll down to the Font section. There you will see the “Font” and “Text Size” setting options.
The font size will help people with presbyopia and especially older users. Font size is not with numbers but with sizes (small, medium, large, extra large, etc.).
Another Android screen setting you need to change is colors. In MIUI, you’ll find it in Settings > Display > Color Scheme.
You can set them to sound vibrant, saturated (enhanced), or normal (natural). This setting can greatly improve your experience, especially if you watch a lot of movies on your device.
As you play with the three options, you’ll see the image – template change with each choice you make.
A little further down you will also find the Color Temperature. Here the options are warm, cool and adjustment (based on a color palette in a cycle). There is always the default option if you decide to go back to the original settings.
Adjusting the brightness is one of the most basic and vital settings on your phone. You can adjust it manually or turn on auto-brightness to adjust the brightness based on outside light levels.
It also learns your preferences, so it should start adapting intelligently as you use your phone.
You can also adjust the brightness according to the brightness of the outdoor space and also the battery consumption, if your battery does not meet your daily needs.
In Settings > Display, and in the Display section, you will find the reading mode. This is a great setting where your phone makes its colors warmer, allowing your eyes to relax from bright lighting.
You can set the feature to always be on or you can schedule it under certain conditions. Either with sunset and sunrise or at certain times, say from 11:00 in the evening until 06:00 in the morning.
The second works informally and reminds you that it’s 11:00 p.m. and maybe it’s time to get ready for bed.
Using a lock screen is essential on your personal phone to stay safe. Therefore, it is worth adjusting its mode of operation. Depending on your phone, you can find this feature directly under Settings or in Settings > Display.
You need to change the screen timeout, called “Inactivity”, which is the idle time after which your phone is locked.
In addition to the idle time limit, there are several other settings you can “tweak” that have to do with your personal preferences.
Personalize your Android phone screen
Visual appearance and user experience are two important factors for smartphone users. It’s the first thing you see on your device. The tips listed above will help you understand how and why you need to change certain display settings on your phone.
There is no specific right or wrong approach to adjusting these settings. You can adjust each to what suits you best.