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How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling

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If there’s one argument I’ve seen made for capacitive buttons on Android (as opposed to on-screen navigation), it’s that you get more information displayed on the screen—that means more time reading and less time scrolling. If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, then you’re already on the capacitive buttons train, but there’s also a way to get more info on the screen if you want. It’s called Display Scaling, and you can get it on the S7, S6, and Note 5.

Display Scaling is a default option on the S7/Edge. There’s also a workaround to access it on the S6 and Note 5, which we’ll cover down below. Before we get started, it’s worth noting that this makes everything on the screen smaller, and thus harder to read. If you’re okay with that, let’s roll with it.

How to Access Display Scaling on the Galaxy S7

If you have an S7 or S7 Edge, this is easy. Samsung enabled this option by default, so getting to it is pretty straightforward.

The first thing you’ll need to do is jump into the Settings menu by pulling down the notification shade and tapping the cog icon.

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Once in there, scroll down to the Display option and tap that.

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Down the screen just a bit is an option for Display scaling. That’s the one you want.

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When you open this menu, you’ll have two options: Standard and Condensed. The former is default, and when you tap the Condensed option, the preview area below will give you an example of what to expect from the change. And really, if you find that you don’t like it, you can always change it back later.

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Once you’ve confirmed that you’re into the change, just hit Done. A popup will let you know that you need to restart your device, so just go ahead and hit Restart to apply the change.

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Boom, you’re done. Easy peasy, right?

How to Access Display Scaling on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, and Note 5


The exact same menu is available on older Galaxy devices, but for some reason Samsung decided to hide this option. That means getting to it is a little more convoluted, but fortunately it’s not that difficult.

The first thing you’ll need to do is install Nova Launcher, because it offers advanced widget and shortcut access not available on stock launchers. But really, it’s an excellent launcher on its own, so you really should give it a go either way.

Once it’s installed, just hit the Home button and select Nova.

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From there, long-press anywhere on the home screen and select Widgets. The first row of options are Nova shortcuts—you’re looking for Activities, which should be the third one in the list. Long-press and drag it to the home screen.

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The Activities menu will take a few seconds to populate, as there are a lot of options here. Once it’s loaded, though, scroll down to Settings and tap the drop-down arrow.

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In this list, you’re looking for .DisplayScalingActivity. Once you’ve found it, just give it a tap. This will generate a new shortcut on the home screen.

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Tapping that shortcut will open the same menu shown above on the Galaxy S7, and all instructions from there are the exact same.

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Pick your setting, apply, reboot, and you’re finished.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 1

If there’s one argument I’ve seen made for capacitive buttons on Android (as opposed to on-screen navigation), it’s that you get more information displayed on the screen—that means more time reading and less time scrolling. If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, then you’re already on the capacitive buttons train, but there’s also a way to get more info on the screen if you want. It’s called Display Scaling, and you can get it on the S7, S6, and Note 5.

Display Scaling is a default option on the S7/Edge. There’s also a workaround to access it on the S6 and Note 5, which we’ll cover down below. Before we get started, it’s worth noting that this makes everything on the screen smaller, and thus harder to read. If you’re okay with that, let’s roll with it.

How to Access Display Scaling on the Galaxy S7

If you have an S7 or S7 Edge, this is easy. Samsung enabled this option by default, so getting to it is pretty straightforward.

The first thing you’ll need to do is jump into the Settings menu by pulling down the notification shade and tapping the cog icon.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 2

Once in there, scroll down to the Display option and tap that.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 3

Down the screen just a bit is an option for Display scaling. That’s the one you want.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 4

When you open this menu, you’ll have two options: Standard and Condensed. The former is default, and when you tap the Condensed option, the preview area below will give you an example of what to expect from the change. And really, if you find that you don’t like it, you can always change it back later.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 5
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Once you’ve confirmed that you’re into the change, just hit Done. A popup will let you know that you need to restart your device, so just go ahead and hit Restart to apply the change.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 7

Boom, you’re done. Easy peasy, right?

How to Access Display Scaling on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, and Note 5

The exact same menu is available on older Galaxy devices, but for some reason Samsung decided to hide this option. That means getting to it is a little more convoluted, but fortunately it’s not that difficult.The first thing you’ll need to do is install Nova Launcher, because it offers advanced widget and shortcut access not available on stock launchers. But really, it’s an excellent launcher on its own, so you really should give it a go either way.

Once it’s installed, just hit the Home button and select Nova.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 8

From there, long-press anywhere on the home screen and select Widgets. The first row of options are Nova shortcuts—you’re looking for Activities, which should be the third one in the list. Long-press and drag it to the home screen.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 9
How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 10

The Activities menu will take a few seconds to populate, as there are a lot of options here. Once it’s loaded, though, scroll down to Settings and tap the drop-down arrow.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 11
How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 12

In this list, you’re looking for .DisplayScalingActivity. Once you’ve found it, just give it a tap. This will generate a new shortcut on the home screen.

How to See More Info on Your Galaxy S6, S7, or Note 5’s Screen with Display Scaling - Image 13

Tapping that shortcut will open the same menu shown above on the Galaxy S7, and all instructions from there are the exact same.

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Pick your setting, apply, reboot, and you’re finished.

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