How To Change Galaxy S20 Refresh Rate For Better Motion Smoothness

By default, your Galaxy S20 refresh rate is set to 60 Hz but your phone comes with a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz that will improve the motion smoothness when enabled. You will notice that when scroll down, the animation is a lot smoother than when you’re using a lower refresh rate. 

In this post, I will be showing you how to change the refresh rate and answer a few questions that some owners have asked us about this feature. So, if you don’t know how this works yet, continue reading as we may be able to help.

Changing Galaxy S20 Refresh Rate

Time Needed : 2 minutes

Doing this procedure is pretty straightforward, although if you’re one or the owners who want to have their devices in ultra settings, you may encounter a hiccup or two. To change the refresh rate, follow these steps:

  1. Access Settings.

    You can pull the app drawer up and tap the Settings app, or you can swipe down from the top of the screen to pull the notification panel down and tap the gear icon.
    change galaxy s20 refresh rate

  2. Access Display settings. 

    Tap Display to open its settings and from there, you’ll be able to find a setting for Motion smoothness.
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  3. Change Refresh rate. 

    Tap Motion smoothness and then touch High refresh rate (120 Hz), then tap Apply. 

    This will immediately change the refresh rate and you will be able to notice that when using the high refresh rate, the scrolling is a lot smoother.
    change galaxy s20 refresh rate

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2
Materials
  • Galaxy S20

And that’s how you change the refresh rate on your galaxy s20. Apparently there are only a couple of settings you can choose but there could be more in the future as technology advances. 

Now, we want to answer a couple common questions that some of our readers asked us about. 


The High refresh rate (120 Hz) option on my galaxy s20 is greyed out. Why?

It’s because you may have set your phone to use the highest possible resolution, which is the WQHD+ (3200 x 1440). You can only use the 120 Hz refresh rate with the HD+ and FHD+ resolutions, at least, for now. Change the resolution of the screen and you’ll enable the 120 Hz. 

My phone changes the refresh rate from 60 Hz to 120 Hz by itself. Why does it happen?

This is basically the same as the first question I’ve answered above but let me explain briefly. You may have set your phone to use the 120 Hz refresh rate and then change the resolution to the highest. Take note that only the HD+ and FHD+ resolutions can support such a refresh rate. So, when you change the resolution, the refresh rate simply reverts back to 60 Hz because the resolution you want to use isn’t supported. 

I hope that this tutorial has been able to help you change galaxy s20 refresh rate and answer some of the questions. 

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