Galaxy S20 Has a 96Hz Mode, Here is How to Enable It [Tutorial]


The Galaxy S20 is a wonderful device and we all can agree to that. Granted, most people will call it an iterative upgrade over the Galaxy S10 series of devices, but let's admit it, the gorgeous 120Hz display, as well as the camera array, can more than make up for a lot.

Now, we are all aware of the fact that the device can either run on 60Hz at FHD+/WQHD+ or 120Hz at FHD+. But a report did suggest that Samsung built in some code for the display to run at a variable refresh rate, even though most of the content runs at a constant refresh rate.

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It turns out that the phone does have a hidden 96Hz mode that you can enable by tinkering with a device. The mode is hidden away so you are going to need an app for that.

The 96Hz Mode on the Galaxy S20 is Hidden Away and Can be Enabled by a Simple App

This simple hack was founded by folks over at XDA. Turns out that if you go ahead and run the “dumpsys display” command in the command shell, you will get the following information that shows that the Galaxy S20 does support several different refresh rates at different resolutions. Below is the information from the command shell for those interested.

[{id=1, width=1440, height=3200, fps=60.000004},

{id=2, width=1440, height=3200, fps=48.0},

{id=3, width=1080, height=2400, fps=120.00001},

{id=4, width=1080, height=2400, fps=96.00001},

{id=5, width=1080, height=2400, fps=60.000004},

{id=6, width=1080, height=2400, fps=48.0},

{id=7, width=720, height=1600, fps=120.00001},

{id=8, width=720, height=1600, fps=96.00001},

{id=9, width=720, height=1600, fps=60.000004},

{id=10, width=720, height=1600, fps=48.0}]

Looking at the information, you can see that the phone does support several refresh rates that you cannot access by default. For starters, the HD+ resolution supports 96Hz as well as 48Hz. Now the good thing is that you can change the values such as Settings.System.peak_refresh_rate and Settings.System.min_refresh_rate and inputting values such as 48 or 96 if you want to change the refresh rate and it will work just fine.

However, for most users, this is pretty difficult stuff. This is where the XDA Senior Member has released a rather simple app that allows you to shift between 96Hz and 120Hz modes by just toggling the settings. The app also adds two quick setting toggles, making it simpler for you to change the refresh rate.

Now if you are wondering why there is no 48Hz mode added, then the answer is simple. Using that mode will make the whole experience much laggier. You should, however, know that 96Hz is optimal for those who are trying to save some more battery and still have a good experience of a smoother refresh rate.

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We are already aware of the fact that the limitations that Samsung has added to the higher refresh mode are software, at best. This discovery also indicates that there is a possibility of running 1440p @ 120Hz. However, the trade-off is going to be in the shape of a lot of battery drain.