Adjust Display Settings on a Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Edited by Jay

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL both come with full HD, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen displays, and 16M colors. Although both devices are 16:9 aspect ratio, the Pixel XL has a resolution of 1440 x 2560, whereas the Pixel's display is 1080 x 1920. This, of course, is because the XL is a larger device, which also increases its PPI density to ~534.

Tweaking the various display options can enhance your device's performance and functionality. Knowing how to edit the Pixel and Pixel XL's display settings can help with things like battery efficiency, falling asleep easier, and quickly accessing notifications, to name a few.

In this article, we'll go through each display setting in detail. Everything from adjusting the brightness and night light, through to the advanced options like double-tap and ambient lighting.


Brightness level and Night light

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    On the home screen, tap or swipe up from the triangle to access the Pixel's app drawer.
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    Inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Display".
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    Inside Display settings, the first option is "Brightness level". Tap it, then drag the slider to adjust the brightness level. You can also adjust the brightness from the notification panel.
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    The next option inside Display settings is "Night Light". Tap it to enable and set a schedule. Night Light is great when using the device just before going to sleep.
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    To enable Night Light, toggle the switch, then move the slider from left-to-right to adjust the intensity.
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    You can also set a schedule for the Night Light feature. Tap Schedule, then choose either "Custom schedule" or "Sunset to sunrise" from the drop-down. To enable Night Light manually without a schedule, tap "Never".
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    When "Custom schedule" is selected, set the start and end time by moving the hands on the clocks. To enter a more specific time (no on the hours), tap the little keyboard icon in the lower left corner. When the times are set, tap "OK" to enable the schedule.
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Adaptive brightness and Wallpaper

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    Next inside the Pixel's Display settings is "Adaptive brightness". Toggle the switch to enable this feature, which will adjust the brightness according to the level of available light in the room.
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    Continuing along we come to "Wallpaper". Tap it to set up your wallpaper for both the home and lock screen.
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    Inside Wallpapers, you'll see which ones are currently live at the top of the screen. If you scroll down, you'll notice that there are several to choose from.
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    In addition to the variety of wallpaper that comes stock on the device, you have the option of using your photos. Tap "My photos" to access images stored on your device.
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    After tapping My photos, a menu will appear on the left-hand side of the screen. Select a location to access images you'd like to use for wallpapers. In our example, we selected the "Camera" folder.
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    Once you've found a suitable image, tap "Set wallpaper" in the upper right corner. When the pop-up box appears, choose either; Home screen, Lock screen, or Both.
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    You also have the option to let the device change your wallpaper daily. Select a theme from the main wallpapers screen, then tap "Daily wallpaper", then "Continue to finish the setup. Once Daily wallpaper is enabled, a pop-up box will appear giving you the option to download future wallpapers when connected to WiFi only.
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    Certain wallpaper themes (Live data for example), may request permission to access the device's location. Tap "Allow" to use this feature.
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Advanced Display Settings

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    The final section of the Pixel's Display settings is "Advanced". Tap it to expand and set the various features.
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    The first option in Advanced is "Sleep". Tap it and select a time from the pop-up box. The time interval you choose is how long the device waits to go into sleep mode when it's inactive.
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    The next option is "Device rotation". Tap it and choose either; Rotate the contents of the screen, or Stay in portrait view.
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    Moving along, we come to "Font size". Tap it, then move the slider to make the font larger or smaller. You can see in the preview box what each setting will look like.
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    Next, is "Display size". Tap it, then adjust the slider to either zoom in or out. Again you can get a feel for how it will look from the preview area.
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    Moving along we come to "Screen saver". Tap it to enable this option and access the settings. To enable a screen saver, toggle the switch to the far right.
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    To choose when the screen saver comes on, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Start now" or "When to start".
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    When the pop-up box appears, select either; While docked, While charging, or Either.
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    You can also edit settings for the selected screen saver by tapping the gear icon to the far left.
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    Continuing along with the Advanced display option, we come to "Double-tap to check phone". When this feature is enabled, you can see your notifications by simply tapping the lock screen twice.
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    The next option is "Lift to check phone". With this enabled, you can see your notifications by picking up the phone from a stationary position.
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    The second last option is "Ambient display". Enable this to wake the device when you receive notifications.
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    The last option inside the Advanced section is, "When device is in VR" (virtual reality mode). The two to choose from are; Reduce blur, and Reduce flicker". This is only applicable when using the Pixel in VR mode.
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