Android phones have many display settings that most users don’t know exist and that can drastically change the way your phone looks.
Most of the Android mobile phone owners leave the default display 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 designed for most users and don’t take battery economy into account, but they can’t know your tastes either.
But the operating system gives you the possibility to modify many things and adapt the mobile both to your personal taste and to your needs. For example, if you have presbyopia, increase the font size, change the brightness, color vibrancy, put on a dark theme, and more. Let’s see them one by one.
Our photos and descriptions refer to a Xiaomi RedMi Note pro 9 mobile phone, with an Android variant, 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 some corresponding position. If you’re having trouble with any of these, you can do a quick search in system settings to find it.
light and dark mode
All modern Android phones have the option to choose between a light and dark mode (Dark Mode and Night Light) with light being the default mode.
So you can try the dark mode that will also save your 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, like sunrise and sunset.
It is worth enabling this option as it can reduce eyestrain at night and can potentially improve your sleep. Some people also prefer a dark background to a light one.
To enable dark mode, go to system settings, then “View” and you will see it. Alternatively, in the settings, look for the word “Dark”.
Another dark mode setting is to turn it on per app. That is, some applications should be in dark mode and others in light mode.
Font type and size
The default font of your mobile is Roboto. But you can change it by choosing another from a large list available.
You will need to go back to Settings > Display and scroll down to the Source section. There you will see the “Font” and “Text Size” settings.
The font size will help people with presbyopia and especially older users. The font size is not with numbers but with sizes (small, medium, large, extra large, etc.).
Another Android display setting that you should change is the colors. In MIUI you will find it in Settings> Display> Color scheme.
You can set them to look vibrant, saturated (enhanced), or normal (natural). This setting can greatly improve your experience, especially if you watch a lot of movies on your device.
Playing around with the three options, you’ll see the picture: the template changes with each choice you make.
A little further down you will also find the Color Temperature. Here the options are warm, cold and setting (based on a color palette in a cycle). There is always the option of default 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 set it manually or turn on auto brightness to adjust brightness based on outdoor light levels.
It also learns your preferences, so it should start to adapt intelligently the more you use your phone.
You can also adjust the brightness based on the brightness of the outer space and also the battery consumption, if your battery does not meet your daily needs.
In Settings> Screen, and in the Screen section, you will find the reading mode. It’s a very nice setting where your phone makes its colors warmer, allowing your eyes to relax from the bright light.
You can set the feature to always be on, or you can schedule it under certain conditions. Either with the sunset and sunrise, or at certain times, say from 11:00 at night to 06:00 in the morning.
The second works informally and as a reminder that it is 11:00 pm and it may be 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 just below Settings, or in Settings > Display.
You need to change the screen timeout, called “Idle”, which is the idle time after which your phone is locked.
In addition to the idle time limit, there are other settings you can “tweak” that have to do with your personal preferences.
Customize the screen of your Android phone
Visual appearance and user experience are two important factors for smartphone users. It is the first thing you see on your device. The tips listed above will help you understand how and why you need to change some of your phone’s display settings.
There is no specific right or wrong approach to adjusting this setting. You can adjust each one to what works best for you.