The incredible variety of smartphones that we have today is that we can see the majority of combinations of existing features, which if we look a bit you will find that best suits us. The most visible feature that may vary is the size of screen that, although tends to grow in according to ranges, there are still lots of variety.
However, for those who have a mobile phone with a big screen, sometimes annoyances is for them to have as large icons and showing little information. Luckily, with Android Nougat the point density can be changed by inches (or DPI) without having to install third-party applications.
What advantages and disadvantages can have change the DPI?
One of the main reasons that usually change the DPI is to look for take advantage of the interface. For example, if you have a mobile of 5.5-6 inches, you possibly want that on the main screen five icons displayed per row instead of four to have more applications and have space for your widgets.
And this is the main advantage, allowing that we let us better screen, especially if, as I say, it is large. Also It can be useful in applications such as instant messaging, where can you see more posts without encesidad to scroll.
The main disadvantage is that If the ROM is unable to adapt, you can adversely affect the user experience, not only changing the icons in place (which is a lesser evil) but that certain elements of the application to move so that it is not possible to use them (if it is a button or an icon that we can press).
How to change the DPI on Android Nougat
As I said before, with Android Nougat is over having to recourse of third parties or to the root apps to change the DPI, in the own settings we have this option. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have a device with Android 7.0 or higher, the only thing you have to do is go to the section of Settings.
Once in it, enter the on screen and search ‘Screen size’. Eye, it is different from the font size, which only modify the size of letters and numbers. Depending on the brand of the terminal, once inside ‘Screen size’, you will have a minimum of three sizes (small, medium, large) options.
There will be models that include more levels of sizes, as the OnePlus 3, which has a total of five, you only have to choose the one you like. Smaller screen size choice, more information is displayed in the panel, though, logically, all of it in one smaller size. While this is noted in the applications, in the games is not (at least in that I’ve tried) any modification.
Finally, remember that This does not change the screen resolution of your terminal, as it does in Nougat Samsung energy saving, it only affects the size of the content, including the size of the notification bar and the navigation bar if the terminal has it, even the size of the keyboard.