Introduction: You can adjust the display on Galaxy S23 to meet your needs. In addition to the dark mode (and light mode), you can customize the text and icon size (screen zoom), brightness, color mode, screen tone, refresh rate (motion smoothness), navigation bar, easy mode, extra dim, and many more. Please check Galaxy S23 how-to guides for detailed instructions for customizing these settings.

Android 14 (One UI 6) update changed the layout of the notification panel and quick settings panel. The brightness settings bar is more prominent now.


Change the display and the Home screen settings.

On the Settings screen, tap Display.

  • Light / Dark: Turn dark mode on or off.
  • Dark mode settings: Reduce eye strain by applying the dark theme when using the device at night or in a dark place. You can set a schedule for applying dark mode.
Note to Galaxy S23 owners:

The dark theme may not be applied in some apps.

  • Brightness: Adjust the brightness of the display.
  • Adaptive brightness: Set the device to keep track of your brightness adjustments and apply them automatically in similar lighting conditions.
  • Extra brightness: Set the display to be brighter than the maximum brightness. This feature is available when you turn off the Adaptive brightness feature.
  • Motion smoothness: Change the refresh rate of the screen. When a high refresh rate is set, the screen will scroll more smoothly. Refer to Motion smoothness for more information.
  • Eye comfort shield: Reduce eye strain by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the screen. You can set a schedule for applying this feature.
  • Screen mode: Change the screen mode to adjust the display’s colour and contrast. Refer to Changing the screen mode or adjusting the display colour for more information.
  • Font size and style: Change the font size and style.
  • Screen zoom: Make the items on the screen larger or smaller.
  • Screen resolution: Change the screen resolution. Higher resolutions make the display more vivid, however they will consume more battery power. Some currently running apps may close when you change the resolution.
  • Full screen apps: Select apps to use with the full screen aspect ratio.
  • Camera cutout: Set the device to hide the front camera from the screen.
  • Screen timeout: Set the length of time the device waits before turning off the display’s backlight.
  • Easy mode: Switch to easy mode to display larger icons and apply a simpler layout to the Home screen.
  • Edge panels: Change the settings for the Edge panel.
  • Navigation bar: Change the navigation bar settings. Please check this guide on using and customizing the navigation bar on Galaxy S23..
  • Accidental touch protection: Set the device to prevent the screen from detecting touch input when it is in a dark place, such as a pocket or bag.
  • Touch sensitivity: Increase the touch sensitivity of the screen for use with screen protectors.
  • Show charging information: Set the device to display the charging information, such as the remaining battery percentage when the screen is off.
  • Screen saver: Set the device to launch a screensaver when the device is charging.
Note to Galaxy S23 owners:

Some features may not be available depending on the model.

Motion smoothness

The refresh rate is the number of times the screen is refreshed every second. Use a high refresh rate to prevent the screen from flickering when switching between screens. The screen will scroll more smoothly. When you select a standard refresh rate, you can use the battery longer.

  1. On the Settings screen, tap Display → Motion smoothness.
  2. Select a refresh rate.
    • Adaptive: Get smoother animations and scrolling by automatically adjusting your screen refresh rate into a higher one.
    • Standard: Use a standard refresh rate in normal situations to conserve battery power.

Changing the screen mode or adjusting the display colour

Change the screen mode or adjust the display colour to your preference.

Changing the screen mode

On the Settings screen, tap Display → Screen mode and select a mode you want.

  • Vivid: This optimises the colour range, saturation, and sharpness of your display. You can also adjust the display colour balance by colour value.
  • Natural: This adjusts the screen to a natural tone.
Note to Galaxy S23 owners:
  • You can adjust the display colour only in Vivid mode.
  • Vivid mode may not be compatible with third-party apps.

Optimising the full screen colour balance

Optimise the display colour by adjusting the colour tones to your preference.

On the Settings screen, tap Display → Screen mode → Vivid and adjust the colour adjustment bar under White balance.

When you drag the colour adjustment bar towards Cool, the blue colour tone will increase. When you drag the bar towards Warm, the red colour tone will increase.

Optimising the full screen colour balance for the display settings

Adjusting the screen tone by colour value

Increase or lower certain colour tones by adjusting the Red, Green, or Blue value individually.

  1. On the Settings screen, tap Display → Screen mode → Vivid.
  2. Tap Advanced settings.
  3. Adjust the R (Red), G (Green), or B (Blue) colour bar to your preference.

The screen tone will be adjusted.

Other Galaxy S23 Online User Manual pages

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List of all pages of Galaxy S23 Online User Manual:

You may check other Galaxy S23 guides organized in the following 4 sections.

Besides, you can read and download (in PDF format) the official Galaxy S23 user manual (including the updated Galaxy S23 user manual for Android 14 (One UI 6).

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