How to Change Samsung Galaxy S20 Display Refresh Rate to 96Hz or 120Hz

Use this guide to change Galaxy S20 display refresh rate and set it to custom settings, either 60Hz, 96Hz or 120Hz. Samsung has equipped all Galaxy S20 phones with new and improved displays that offer high display refresh rate settings. Be it standard Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20+ or even Galaxy S20 Ultra, despite different screen sizes, they all run the same display technology and support up to 120Hz refresh rate. While S20 does offer high refresh settings, you need to manually switch to it and here is how you can change the display refresh rate.

Higher refresh means the screen is updating new content at a higher rate. For real life usage, higher numbers equate to the phone ‘feeling’ faster and providing a competitive advantage in games. Initially, these higher refresh screens first surfaced in gaming phones but now, many flagships are adopting the technology. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S20 phone, the steps ahead will show how to change display refresh rate.

Galaxy S20 Display Refresh Rate

Change Display Refresh Rate on Samsung Galaxy S20

Out of the box, Samsung Galaxy S20 series only allow users to switch to 120Hz from within the system. However, developers noticed that there is a 96Hz mode available as well — presumably to work alongside 120Hz when the user opts for it — and made an app that lets users switch to it.

Hopefully with 96Hz, you will save up on battery as compared to 120Hz while still enjoying a high refresh experience. Ahead, we have listed both options to switch your Galaxy S20 display refresh setting.

How to Set 96Hz Refresh Rate on Samsung Galaxy S20 Phones

This setting has been cleverly found out by developers tinkering around with the new S20 phones. Unavailable from default system, you need to use a app to enable it. Gladly, no root is required and its a free app!

Step 1 – Download and install Galaxy S20 Display Refresh Rate controller. Read: How to Manually Install APK Files on Android.

Step 2 – The app is pretty straight forward. Once you open it up, there will be two buttons. Tap on 96Hz to set your phone’s display accordingly!

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As a bonus, the app also allows you to use it to set the display rate to 120Hz. Further, there are QS tiles included. After installing the app, you can add 96Hz and 120Hz tiles to your notification panel to switch on the fly!

How to Set 120Hz Refresh Rate on Samsung Galaxy S20 Phones

If you aren’t looking to install a third-party app, here is how you can switch to 120Hz on Galaxy S20 phones. Officially, the phone doesn’t allow users to enable 96Hz mode, only options are 60Hz and 120Hz.

Step 1 – Open up Settings app and then Display.

Step 2 – From the listed options, tap on Motion Smoothness.

Step 3 – You would now see the option of 120Hz, enable that.

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That’s all! You can now choose and enable different display refresh rate settings on your Galaxy S20. Do keep in mind, the higher refresh settings don’t work at full 1440p resolution rather the phone steps down to 1080p.

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