1. Clocks's Avatar
    This isn't a true "how to", because I don't have the expertise to walk people step by step through it in detail or diagnose *any* problems with ADB, but here is how I did it:

    1) make sure you have ADB installed. There's probably a "right" way to do it from Google...I just used this file: [TOOL] [WINDOWS] ADB, Fastboot and Drivers -… | Android Development and Hacking

    2) you may need to update drivers and stuff, this is a PITA for me every time I try to do something, but this thread fixed it for me (go into Compter / Device Manager / right click on Unknown, Android Device, and select the ADB driver) android - ADB No Devices Found - Stack Overflow

    3) In the command window enter: "adb shell wm density 420 && adb reboot" (no quotes). More detail available here: [GUIDE] How to change DPI with or without ro… | Samsung Galaxy S7

    4) your phone will reboot and now you will have the same DPI as the Nexus 5X (i.e. more stuff fits on the screen)

    I have found 1 'bug' so far, the digital clock widget (stock android one) has the little 'alarm' icon the wrong size. Otherwise the UI is flawless.

    If you want to revert back to normal
    5) In the command window enter: "adb shell wm density 480 && adb reboot"
    DragonPoo likes this.
    09-20-2016 11:49 AM
  2. Clocks's Avatar
    Some screenshots

    How to: Adjust DPI on the Moto Z Play (no root required)-screenshot_20160920-125349.pngHow to: Adjust DPI on the Moto Z Play (no root required)-screenshot_20160920-125605.png
    09-20-2016 11:57 AM
  3. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Couldn't you have just changed the font size?
    09-20-2016 06:22 PM
  4. Clocks's Avatar
    Couldn't you have just changed the font size?
    That will change the text but not all of the UI elements.
    09-20-2016 06:30 PM
  5. ChuckWithAZ3v's Avatar
    This isn't a true "how to", because I don't have the expertise to walk people step by step through it in detail or diagnose *any* problems with ADB, but here is how I did it:

    1) make sure you have ADB installed. There's probably a "right" way to do it from Google...I just used this file: [TOOL] [WINDOWS] ADB, Fastboot and Drivers -… | Android Development and Hacking

    2) you may need to update drivers and stuff, this is a PITA for me every time I try to do something, but this thread fixed it for me (go into Compter / Device Manager / right click on Unknown, Android Device, and select the ADB driver) android - ADB No Devices Found - Stack Overflow

    3) In the command window enter: "adb shell wm density 420 && adb reboot" (no quotes). More detail available here: [GUIDE] How to change DPI with or without ro… | Samsung Galaxy S7

    4) your phone will reboot and now you will have the same DPI as the Nexus 5X (i.e. more stuff fits on the screen)

    I have found 1 'bug' so far, the digital clock widget (stock android one) has the little 'alarm' icon the wrong size. Otherwise the UI is flawless.

    If you want to revert back to normal
    5) In the command window enter: "adb shell wm density 480 && adb reboot"
    Hey, great guide! I've got a MZP at 400 dpi right now, I would love to go lower to 320 but the camera mode selector doesn't work below 400, Just a discovery I wanted to share.
    10-23-2016 09:00 PM
  6. ChuckWithAZ3v's Avatar
    Hey, great guide! I've got a MZP at 400 dpi right now, I would love to go lower to 320 but the camera mode selector doesn't work below 400, Just a discovery I wanted to share.
    Here's a screenshot if it'll upload
    10-23-2016 09:05 PM
  7. Clocks's Avatar
    Hey, great guide! I've got a MZP at 400 dpi right now, I would love to go lower to 320 but the camera mode selector doesn't work below 400, Just a discovery I wanted to share.
    Does it work correctly at 400? I found at 420 the camera mode buttons to be misaligned (you had to tap away from the button to get it to register)
    11-02-2016 08:58 PM
  8. Sandeep NIT's Avatar
    Yes with 400 camera app buttons works fine.
    Clocks likes this.
    11-05-2016 08:51 AM
  9. whydotheyshipitlikethat's Avatar
    This guide worked perfectly for me. I'm at 320dpi and camera mode selector works.
    12-02-2016 04:56 PM
  10. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Do you need to hook up to a computer to do this or can it all be done from the phone?
    12-03-2016 08:50 AM
  11. benjamminh's Avatar
    Do you need to hook up to a computer to do this or can it all be done from the phone?
    Until the Play gets Nougat you will need a computer hook up to execute the adb shell commands.
    12-03-2016 12:38 PM
  12. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Until the Play gets Nougat you will need a computer hook up to execute the adb shell commands.
    Gotcha. Thanks!
    12-03-2016 02:20 PM
  13. DragonPoo's Avatar
    Thanks! I tried this on my own. I found that I had to put the USB connection into file transfer mode, and enable developer USB debugging, for ADB to recognise it. After that, I played around with both 400 and 320 dpi. I found 320 was too small for my eyes on some menus, but 400 is satisfactory.

    I hope the Nougat update brings more flexibility to the scaling options.
    12-15-2016 03:27 PM
  14. benjamminh's Avatar
    Thanks! I tried this on my own. I found that I had to put the USB connection into file transfer mode, and enable developer USB debugging, for ADB to recognise it. After that, I played around with both 400 and 320 dpi. I found 320 was too small for my eyes on some menus, but 400 is satisfactory.

    I hope the Nougat update brings more flexibility to the scaling options.
    Nougat does. You have a generic slider option and in developer options you can put in the actual number you want.
    12-15-2016 04:38 PM
  15. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Nougat does. You have a generic slider option and in developer options you can put in the actual number you want.
    Now the question becomes - when do we get Nougat? Changing the DPI, like I did on my Z Force work phone, would be nice.
    12-28-2016 07:14 AM

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