How to enlarge the screen of your Nexus 5

Because of the new Nexus 5X or on the contrary jealous of its notch bigger? If you are dissatisfied with the size of your Nexus 5 and still look at 5.2 or 5.5 inches with a hint of jealousy, today is your lucky day. No need to change your smartphone when a small manipulation allows you to make your biggest screen appear. Follow the guide !

The manipulation is amazingly simple: all you have to do is change the pixel density of your Nexus 5. The base is 480 while the physical screen resolution is 445 pixels per inch.

AndroidPIT Nexus 5 lcd 480 density lcd 400 density home screen
Front (left): a notch of an honest size. After (right): a notch that looks bigger ANDROIDPIT

This mod allows you to modify the value as you wish – which enlarges or shrinks anything on the screen. You can easily move from a capacity of 5 icons to more than 6 icons on the screen. You can do it whether you are root or not, and we show you the two methods below.

Change Nexus 5 notch density (non-root)

To change the pixel density without root access, you simply need to use an ADB command. ADB (Android Debug Bridge) allows you to access certain commands on your phone through your computer.

1. Allow USB Debugging on your Nexus 5

2. Download ADB Tools on your computer if you have not already

3. Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer with a USB cable. If he asks you to accept the RSA key from your computer, say yes.

4. On your computer, browse through the ADB Tools files. In an empty space, hold Shift and right click. Slectionnez Open an Order Center here.

5. Confirm the recognition of your Nexus 5 by typing the following command (you should see a number in the command window after that).

adb devices

6. Type the following command (then reboot your Nexus 5)

adb shell wm density 400

AndroidPIT ADB shell Nexus 5 density 400
This simple ADB command allows you to test the density that suits you ANDROIDPIT

7. You can change the value as you want it – the lower the number, the more space you have on your screen. 380 – 400 is a very good fork. This allows you to add a fresh breath of fresh air your notch. If you have good eyes you can go even lower, and if five icons do not like you place the cursor a little higher.

8. If you find the text too small, you can go Settings> Screen> Font Size and increase it according to your desire. You also have an option large text in the settings ofAccessibility.

9. Do not hesitate to vary the densities via the ADB then make your final choice by saying the file build.prop. This, on the other hand, will require the root. Editing the build.prop allows you to remove the small visual problems that sometimes appear when you modify via ADB, but it works even better if you perform a density reset before doing so.

10. To do this your screen density, simply reconnect your smartphone to the ADB and type the following command before rebooting:

adb shell wm density reset

AndroidPIT Nexus 5 lcd 480 density lcd 400 density app drawer
A denser screen also allows you to place more icons in the drawer. AndroidPIT

Change Nexus 5's root density

This method avoids the small visual bugs that some users have expressed with the higher method. For this, you have to manually edit the build.prop file in your Android system.

For example, use ES File Explorer with the Root Explorer mode enabled or through a ROM management application such as ROM Toolbox Lite, available for free on the PlayStore.




ES File Explorer
Install on Google Play




ROM Toolbox Lite
Install on Google Play

ROM Toolbox

1. In ROM Toolbox Lite, simply swipe to the Performance tab and tap build.prop editor.

AndroidPIT ROM Toolbox buildprop editor lcd
In ROM Toolbox, go to Performance> build.prop editor and find LCD Density. AndroidPIT

2. In the list that follows, go down to.sf.lcd_density and change the property value as you wish (again, I recommend 400).

AndroidPIT ROM Toolbox buildprop editor change lcd density
Change the LCD density with the value of your choice ANDROIDPIT

3. You might have rebooted your Nexus 5. If you are asked, do it. You will now be able to enjoy a compact notch, more space and a noticeably larger notch.

ES File Explorer

If you choose to use ES File Explorer, the method is more or less the same.

1. Open ES File Explorer and swipe to open the navigation menu from the left

2. go ahead Tools and activate itRoot Explorer.

ES File Explorer
Be sure that the Root Explorer is activated in ES File Explorer ANDROIDPIT

3. Now go Priphrique / system via the history

ES Explorer 4
Go to / device / system / ANDROIDPIT

4. Tap on build.prop. You are asked to open the file in a publishing application. Choose the one you want.

Explorer File ES1
Open the build.prop file in an ANDROIDPIT text editor

5. You will see a long list of entries. Tap the Option button at the top right of the screen and tap edit. The one you are looking for is called ro.sf.lcd_density.

ES Explorer 2
Open the file to edit it and find the corresponding line ANDROIDPIT

6. Change the value in the line ro.sf.lcd_density (which is fixed 480 by default). Pressing the Back arrow at the top left of the screen will ask you if you want to save your changes. Say yes.

ES Explorer 3
Change the density and tap the Back arrow to save. AndroidPIT

7. Once you have backed up the build.prop file, you will need to reboot your phone to see the changes in place.

AndroidPIT google nexus 5 screen comparison
Which of these notches is the biggest? AndroidPIT

What do you think of your new "enlarged" screen of your Nexus 5? What screen density do you prefer?

From an article by Kris Carlon.

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