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How to Change Galaxy S7 Display Resolution on Nougat



After the Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update arrives those with a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge may notice the screen looks different. Samsung lowered the resolution down to 1080p HD. Likely in an effort to improve battery life and performance. That said, here’s how to change the Galaxy S7 display settings on Nougat.

By default Samsung’s phones come with a world-class Quad-HD display. Sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Which is higher and better than a 1080p Full HD screen. Most won’t notice the change, but if so, here’s how to change it back.

Read: 10 Common Galaxy S7 Problems & How to Fix Them

With Android 7.0 Nougat users will notice a lot of changes. The interface is much cleaner with nice white and blue color accents. Notifications are smarter and grouped together, multi-window mode is better and more. Here’s everything that’s new. Then, read on to learn how to change your screen resolution.

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat is hitting most Galaxy S7 devices in the US, owners are hearing about the change. The screen looks great even on regular HD, so much that we didn’t even notice the difference. Images are still crisp and look fine, video is great, and text doesn’t change much while browsing or reading emails.

Most won’t actually notice the difference, and you may actually enjoy the improved battery life or performance. However, some will want to change it back. Luckily for us Samsung actually has a slew of awesome controls and options on the Galaxy S7, and even more with the update to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Whether you noticed the change or just want the full Quad-HD you paid for, below are the easy instructions to change it back. It’s worth noting that every time you restart the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, it will switch back to 1080p. This is a system level change by Samsung.

How to Change the Galaxy S7 Screen Resolution

Looking through the settings menu on these phones owners will notice a lot of new things. If battery life is really a concern, you can even lower the Galaxy S7 resolution to 1280 x 720p, which should make it last even longer. That said, at those levels text won’t be as crisp and the change will be far more noticeable.

Personally I’m fine with the switch to 1080p and won’t be changing it back. Everyone is different though, and some may want to revert these changes. Here’s how.


  • Pull down the notification bar and tap the “gear-shaped settings button”
  • Or head into the application tray and find “Settings”
  • Scroll down and select “Display”
  • Choose “Screen Resolution”
  • Select “2560 x 1440 WQHD” or whatever you’d like
  • Hit Apply

Once done all of your applications will close, the screen will flash and instantly change back to the full Quad-HD resolution it was at before the update to Android Nougat. Some things may look a little better, but honestly, I can’t tell the difference and many will probably agree.

Whether or not the change is worth the improvements or not, is up to you. It’s also worth noting that selecting “Screen zoom and font” has a bunch of options to change aspect ratio and icon scaling (size) as well as the devices font and size. Allowing owners a level of precision and customization that many will enjoy. There is also a new “blue light filter” mode similar to other night modes that removes blue lights from the screen. This reportedly is easier on the eyes, especially at night, and can help smartphone users fall asleep easier.

Again, every time you reboot the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge the screen will go back to 1080p. So you’ll need to change it again and again. Other than that, we’re all done. Are you enjoying the update to Android Nougat on the Galaxy S7? Let us know in the comment section below. Those with problems may want to look over this list of issues and fixes.

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  1. JHahn

    05/10/2017 at 6:35 am

    “Settings” would keep crashing every time I tried to change the resolution. Changing the zoom setting in “Screen zoom and font” allowed me to change the screen resolution. Once I set the resolution, I went back in to “Screen zoom and font” to set the zoom setting to what I wanted. Mentioning “Screen zoom and font” is what helped me get this fixed. Thank you.

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