1. tylermich7's Avatar
    You can have any density number, i just used 147 because thats what i prefer.

    Your phone must be rooted to do this. A custom recovery or custom ROM is not necessary.

    Here are the instructions for changing your screen density. This essentially makes more room on your screen but has the potential to negatively impact select apps. These instructions are written using the app Root explorer. Other apps can edit /system as well so if you use one of those, the instructions may be slightly different but the concept the same.

    1) You need a file explorer that has the ability to edit /system. One of my favorite apps for android, which has this ability, is Root explorer. There are free alternatives available but Root explorer is the original, and IMHO, well worth the $4.
    NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with Root explorer and make no proceeds from it's sale. It is just a really well polished explorer.
    2) Open root explorer and when prompted for super user access, click always allow.
    3) Scroll down to /system and click it
    4) If you are running a custom ROM, /system may already be mounted as r/w. You can tell by looking in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
    If the button says "r/o" you are already mounted and can move to the next step
    If the button says "r/w" tap it once to mount the system as r/w. It should change to "r/o"
    5) long pres on the file build.prop. When the menu pops up, scroll down and select open in text editor.
    6) Scroll down to the bottom of the file and add the following line
    ro.sf.lcd_density=147
    IMPORTANT Make sure there is at least 1 blank line under the new line you just inserted.
    7) After editing the line, press the menu button on the bottom of your phone and hit save and exit
    8) Reboot your phone which will build a new property file with your edit in it.

    To return to stock density you can simply delete the line and reboot.

    Thanks:
    KSmithInNY for the assist.
    11-20-2011 06:30 AM
  2. KSmithInNY's Avatar
    I was wondering if you could implement a density change for the entire system to 147 on drews rom.
    Drews ROM? KP's ROM with Drews kernel!

    I thought there was an app available which would do this for you but none-the-less ....

    Follow these instructions except rather than do steps 6 and 7, you'd insert the line below.

    ro.sf.lcd_density=147

    Once added, continue with the rest of the steps.
    11-20-2011 06:39 AM
  3. tylermich7's Avatar
    well there is an app, but its just a pain in the butt to have to do it everytime the phone reboots. lol



    WAIT, where do I insert it? lol
    11-20-2011 06:43 AM
  4. KSmithInNY's Avatar
    WAIT, where do I insert it? lol
    You pick, doesn't matter.
    11-20-2011 06:49 AM
  5. KSmithInNY's Avatar
    so i can just scroll all the way down to the bottom and just insert it directly under the last line and it shouldnt cause any issues with my phone during reboot or anything?
    Nope, just make sure theres at least 1 blank line under neath it if thats where you want to put it. Reboot for it to take effect.
    tylermich7 likes this.
    11-20-2011 06:51 AM
  6. tylermich7's Avatar
    worked like a charm THANKS! now no longer will i have to change the desity after reboots and reboot again just to get the desity change, lol huge time saver.
    11-20-2011 06:54 AM
  7. KSmithInNY's Avatar
    worked like a charm THANKS! now no longer will i have to change the desity after reboots and reboot again just to get the desity change, lol huge time saver.
    No problemo. Probably goes without saying but adjusting screen density can impact some applications compatibility.
    11-20-2011 07:01 AM
  8. KSmithInNY's Avatar
    Why don't you edit the first post by adding the instructions, edit the title of the thread by clicking edit on the post, then go advanced and change the post title, and turn this into a teaching thread so others with the same question can find it easily? As my payment, a simple thanks at the bottom of the OP is all i ask

    Here I'll make it easier. Copy and paste below, add the html for the bold, insert hyper link yadda yadda ...

    Make the post/thread title something obvious and informative like [MOD][ROOT REQ] How to adjust LCD density


    Your phone must be rooted to do this. A custom recovery or custom ROM is not necessary.

    Here are the instructions for changing your screen density. This essentially makes more room on your screen but has the potential to negatively impact select apps. These instructions are written using the app Root explorer. Other apps can edit /system as well so if you use one of those, the instructions may be slightly different but the concept the same.

    1) You need a file explorer that has the ability to edit /system. One of my favorite apps for android, which has this ability, is Root explorer. There are free alternatives available but Root explorer is the original, and IMHO, well worth the $4.
    NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with Root explorer and make no proceeds from it's sale. It is just a really well polished explorer.
    2) Open root explorer and when prompted for super user access, click always allow.
    3) Scroll down to /system and click it
    4) If you are running a custom ROM, /system may already be mounted as r/w. You can tell by looking in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
    • If the button says "r/o" you are already mounted and can move to the next step
    • If the button says "r/w" tap it once to mount the system as r/w. It should change to "r/o"

    5) long pres on the file build.prop. When the menu pops up, scroll down and select open in text editor.
    6) Scroll down to the bottom of the file and add the following line
    ro.sf.lcd_density=147
    IMPORTANT Make sure there is at least 1 blank line under the new line you just inserted.
    7) After editing the line, press the menu button on the bottom of your phone and hit save and exit
    8) Reboot your phone which will build a new property file with your edit in it.

    To return to stock density you can simply delete the line and reboot.

    Thanks:
    KSmithInNY for the assist.
    11-20-2011 07:32 AM
  9. tylermich7's Avatar
    yeah i noticed, but just mainly from the apps from the market which say my phone isnt compatible, but the way around that is to just go download a third party app that you wanted thru 4 shared or something similar. works fine.
    11-20-2011 04:55 PM
  10. moosc's Avatar
    Heres a app that can make density changing easy and even saves the prevous set up if u want to go back. http://db.tt/tP5qXWAx

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
    11-20-2011 05:14 PM
  11. drewwalton19216801's Avatar
    Heres a app that can make density changing easy and even saves the prevous set up if u want to go back. http://db.tt/tP5qXWAx

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
    You sure about that? It says its called Market Fixer and has a generic app icon. Not to be a jerk but that looks fishy to me.
    11-20-2011 05:34 PM
  12. moosc's Avatar
    It worked on my xoom. Its from jrummy
    You sure about that? It says its called Market Fixer and has a generic app icon. Not to be a jerk but that looks fishy to me.


    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
    11-20-2011 05:48 PM
  13. Pir Owais Qureshi's Avatar
    Guys I got an Problem here.
    I rooted my Phone i.e Qmobile Z4 yesterday and I installed SuperSu for Granting. Later I installed Pimp my Rom and changed the Density without backing up rom. How to I return to my Stock ROM. Please help
    04-10-2014 05:59 AM
  14. Asim Mehmood's Avatar
    I solved this problem

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-10-2015 11:14 PM
  15. rajurashed's Avatar
    I have one problem any body help me
    05-20-2015 06:36 AM
  16. friscoforlife's Avatar
    Nope, just make sure theres at least 1 blank line under neath it if thats where you want to put it. Reboot for it to take effect.
    I have lg optimus My screen icons are so huge that I cant go anywhere. I try to go to my file explorer icon but i can't. Anything else I can do so I can make changed to my lcd density.
    06-07-2016 08:35 AM
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