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More and more Android phones are adopting screens with higher refresh rates than the standard 60Hz. And it’s not just the flagship products; Xiaomi has just released a $ 270 Redmi Note 10 Pro with a stunning AMOLED display that supports 120Hz.
One higher refresh rate allows for smoother animations whether you are scrolling web pages or playing graphics-intensive games. However, not all apps support high refresh rates. So how can you check if this is the case? I’ve got your back.
First of all, we need to enable developer mode on your Android phone. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Settings and locate the About phone section.
- Press the software version five times.
- Note that each time you press, you should see a pop-up window saying: “You are X steps away from becoming a developer.”
- You will finally get a “You are now a developer” pop-up.
Now it’s time to turn on the refresh rate checker:
- Head toward Settings> Developer settings.
- Go to Debugging> Show refresh rate.
- Activate this toggle.
Once you do that, you will see the refresh rate displayed on your screen. For me on my Redmi Note 10 Pro it shows the number in the top left corner.
I have noticed that apps like YouTube and Camera work with a 60Hz refresh rate. Additionally, if your phone supports adaptive refresh rate, you might notice the number decreases if you are inactive for some time.
It’s a handy way to check which of your apps supports refresh rates above 60Hz, so you can take full advantage of your display’s prowess.
If the number on the screen bothers you, you can turn off the “Show refresh rate” toggle after the test is complete.
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