LCD density


  1. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    Here is something you newer footers may not have known you could do with root, change the LCD density to make your phone screen appear a higher resolution.

    It is a simple hack of the build.prop. Using root explorer out are looking for the line "ro.sf.lcd_density=240" you will then change the 240 to a lower number. Keep in mind this may affect how some apps look in a bad way.

    When doing this hack please do not drastically change the density at once, go down by steps of 20 or less per reboot so you do not have issues upon boot.

    I personally like 185 for AOSP roms using launcher pro and I think 209 or 210 is best for sense roms but I am an AOSP guy so I could be wrong. I am attaching 3 screenshots of unedited build.prop files and 1 screenshot of an edited one.

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    Unedited LTB

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    Unedited OMFGB

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    Unedited Gingeritis

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    Edited LTB

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  2. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    Might wanna copy/paste that post into a new one in the how to thread :)
  3. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    Done. I'm on my phone and thought that thread was locked
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  4. brizey

    brizey Well-Known Member

    There are apps on the market that does it, too.

    Edit: and oh yeah, if you need reading glasses like me, give this mod a pass.
  5. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member


    Yeah but some won't work and for something this easy I prefer to save the memory and know how to do it myself
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  6. WormDoes

    WormDoes Well-Known Member

    I thought this was common knowledge to most? I've been doing this since I had my Eris. There's as an app that will do it automatically
  7. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member


    Those of us with extensive root experience probably already know about it but many people here are new to android or rooting and likely don't know about it ;)
  8. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member

    How is this just NOW being posted. lol. Been doin this for the longest, Im a 190 fan. Great write up Yeahha.

    Yes, there are apps that do this, but its easier to do it through the build.prop file.
  9. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    It is one of those things that those of us who have been rooted for a while don't think about needing a write up and those who are new to rooting didn't know they could do.

    I agree why bother with an app hoping it gets it right when you can go in and change the density quicker with just root explorer.
  10. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member

    Fixed good sir. TC is the dopeness. Double pane screenage ftw.
  11. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    Yes another file explorer for me to install, this will get me up to 5. Anyone that is interested Total Commander beta 3
  12. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member


    LOL. I removed Astro and ES a long while ago. I only have Root Explorer and TC now.
  13. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    Astro for SD files, Root Explorer for root files, ES for bluetooth file transfer, the stock one because I am too lazy to remove it, now I'm gonna test out Total Commander
  14. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member

    LOL. Jeeeeze man. TC for me removed the need for Root Explorer and ES took the place of Astro, but TC does the same thing that Astro and ES do on top of Root Explorer. All in double pane madness!
  15. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    ES has the bluetooth file thansfer for me and I have an android mp3 player that has no market access so that is helpful. I think astro has the function too but ES was the easiest to get set up. I personally like the GUI more on astro than either root explorer or ES so I just stick with all of them. Sure I don't want an app to change my screen density but I want several that all do the same basic functions :rolleyes:
  16. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member

    ^This made me go
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  17. Ibrick

    Ibrick Well-Known Member

    May want to add not to drop it too drastically at once, and it may bootloop a couple times before the ROM loads. Its normal, don't panic.

    Drop it 20 at a time to help avoid issues.
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  18. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member

    LOL. The first time I changed my density, I accidentally set it to 120...I had to wipe and reflash. lol.
  19. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    I could see it now "I want one pixel per icon! NO MORE NO LESS" :D, or would that be someone else on the forums...?

    I went the wrong way the first time I changed mine, I was like ->:eek:<- perhaps I should have read more...
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  20. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    yes,please add this to the posts... last thing we want is a bunch of " i tried to adjust my screen density and my phone exploded :eek:" posts

    also id like to add,tho i do agree it may seem somewhat unneccessary to keep an app on your phone whose results are accomplishable with a simple build.prop hack,please keep in mind that you guys have been doing this a long time. its easy for inexperienced people to fudge things up in root explorer,and tho they prolly cant do anything thats unfixable,it can cause alot of fustration.

    different users have different comfort levels of modification,and i would not discourage anyone who is imtimidated by the idea of modifying system files with a root file manager to simply just download a density app. theyre only a few KB in size and its not like the TB is short on internal memory. :)
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  21. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    OP and sticky both updated ;)

    I would encourage new rooters to try to use a file explorer to edit the buid.prop instead of downloading an app, the app may not work with all phones. Also with anything that modifies something in your root you should know what it is doing in case you need to undo it, or it could do something that boot loops your phone. Just like part of the reason it is encouraged to root via the manual process learning what different parts of the root of your phone are also help people feel more comfortable in navigating around and could be beneficial if they try to do another hack that doesn't have an app linked, like fixing the market thumbprint on some roms :D
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  22. Ibrick

    Ibrick Well-Known Member

    Font changer is a good one that allows screen density changes as a bonus.
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  23. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member


    Lol. My bolt is my first Android. I knew NOTHING about them before I got it my sign up day was three days before k got my phone. Lol. I just have a brain that let's me figure things out. Plus I read and retain what I read.
  24. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic VIP Member

    But you are on xda as well (and rootz?) Many people here might not be willing to search those sites and may not be as adept with technology as you are
  25. jackdubl

    jackdubl Well-Known Member

    I'm one of those new rooters. I assume I can change it back to original if I don't care for the effect. I'm a little fuzzy on what this actually does.

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