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Force 120Hz Refresh Rate in any Android via ADB Commands

In this guide, we will show you the steps to force the 120hz refresh rate in any Android device. One factor that differentiated the flagships from budget devices was the former’s incorporation of 120hz refresh rate aka the number of times the display refreshes itself every second. However, as of now, this line is slowly getting blurred out and even many budget devices are offering this peak refresh rate. And this is something that we aren’t complaining about!

However, there isn’t any micro-level management as such. The OEM provides just two options- Standard and Adaptive. In Standard, the refresh rate is fixed at 60Hz whereas, in Adaptive, the rate oscillates between 60-120Hz depending on the current usage scenario. And that’s just about it. There isn’t any granular control in the hands of the users wherein they could stick with a rate of their choice (apart from 60).

Force 120Hz Refresh Rate in android

In this regard, many users have said that they want the most fluid and smooth usage experience, or in other words, want to have the 120hz rate at all times. While this would lead to excessive battery drainage, they are ready for the sacrifice as the last charge technology would take care of the same. If you also echo this thought process, then this guide is just what you might need. In this tutorial, we will show you the steps to force the 120hz refresh rate on your Android device. Follow along.

Force 120Hz Refresh Rate in any Android via ADB Commands

Force 120Hz Refresh Rate in android

The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow the same sequence as mentioned.

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

install adb platform tools windows

First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging

Next up, you will have to enable USB Debugging on your device so that it is recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.

Change Refresh Rate in Android via ADB Commands

STEP 3: Establish ADB Shell Connection

  1. To begin with, connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  2. Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Now in the following command in the CMD window to verify the ADB connection:
    adb devices

    Change Refresh Rate in Android via ADB Commands

  4. If you get the device ID, then the connection stands successful. Now type in the below command to open the Shell environment:
    adb shell

    Change Refresh Rate in Android via ADB Commands

  5. It will now list out your device codename/name, which means that the shell connection has been successfully established and you are good to go ahead.

STEP 4: Force 120Hz Refresh Rate via ADB

Now, all that you need to do is set the minimum and maximum refresh rate to 120Hz. So execute the following two commands for that:

settings put system min_refresh_rate 120.0 
settings put system peak_refresh_rate 120.0

Force 120Hz Refresh Rate in android

That’s it. These were the steps to force the 120hz refresh rate in any Android device using ADB Commands. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

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  • Alexandre

    hello, thank you very much for this article, how to deactivate it, and is it possible to set the minimum refresh rate to 120hz and maximum to 144hz? i have a mi 10t on miui 13 from xiaomi.eu

    • Öncelik ile bu sistem şekilde 120 FPS zorlasa bile oyunlarda vs vs alamazsın ekran tazaleme (Hz) ile Frame rate (FPS) aynı işlemdeğil ekran tazeleme CPU kullanır Frame rate (FPS) gpu kullanır biri gpu örneklerken diğeri gpu işler yani ekran tazelemen 144hz ise grafik kartın 120 FPS desteklemiyorsa yapacağın her işlemde gösterdiği FPS aslında ekran tazelemedir. Real FPS görmek istiyorsan sistem build.prop dosyasına erişim sağlamalısın ve surfaceflinger kodları var burda minimum veya maksimum alacağın fps i bu kodlar belirler örneğin 120hz ekran yenileme olan poco f3 gt 90 FPS sınırlıdır. Örneğin Debug.sf.high_fps.early.sf.duration =8300000
      Dubug.sf.high_fps.earlyGl.app.duration =10000000 bunun gibi yani maksimum alacağı fps değeri 83 ile 100 FPS arasıdır. Buraya kadar anladıysan sistemdeki FPS kontrol eden kod bileşenini anlamış olursun bunlara eşim sağlamalısın bunları kodlamalısın yani 8300000 yazanı 10300000 diğerini 12000000 yapmalısın ki sistem 103 FPS ile 120 FPS arasında bir değer alsın kesinlik ile sabit FPS önerilmez…