Change Nexus 5 Screen Resolution

In this guide i will show you how to change your nexus 5 screen resolution.

The process of changing the pixel density is surprisingly simple and allows you to change that value to whatever you like, making everything on-screen larger or smaller.

The main aim for me was to make the screen hold more icons so you can very easily go from four icons across the screen to five or even six app icons. Whats even cooler is that you wont need to be rooted to do this 🙂


Change Nexus 5 screen resolution

To change the pixel density without root access, you’ll simply need to use an ADB command. ADB is the Android Debug Bridge and it allows you to issue commands on your phone via a computer.

1. Enable USB Debugging on your Nexus 5.

  • Go to the settings of your device.
  • Scroll down to ‘’About phone’’.
  • Tap on build version until you see a message saying Developer options are activated.
  • Hit back and you will see that the Developer’s options appear at the bottom of the settings menu.
  • Tap on this, and scroll down until you see USB debugging, which you will then enable.

2. You’ll need to download ADB Tools on your computer.

3. Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer with a USB cable.

  • Check the drivers are installed for the Nexus, if not then download the latest drivers from HERE and install.

4. On your computer, navigate to the ADB Tools folder. In some blank space, hold Shift and right click. Select Open Command Window Here.

5. Type the following command and then reboot your Nexus 5 for it to take full effect:

adb shell wm density 400


6. You can change the value to whatever you like – the lower the number the more space you have on-screen.

  • 420 will give the nexus enough room for five app icons across the screen.

7. If you want to reset your screen density, simply connect to ADB again and type the following command, then reboot:

adb shell wm density reset


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