This guide explains how to change the Pixel 2 XL display colors and why you might want to. Google’s new phone has a lot to offer, but the display has been a big topic of discussion. Reports of dull colors, poor viewing angles, and other problems continue to surface.
One issue with Google’s new phone is the colors on the screen. They’re simply not as bright, vivid, and saturated as a Samsung Galaxy or the latest iPhone. It’s not bad, but it looks dull and boring in comparison. That’s what we’ll help you fix.
The latest November Android Oreo update for the Pixel 2 XL introduced new color management modes. These improve the overall look of the Pixel 2 XL. Basically by cranking up the saturation and showing a full-color gamut on the screen.
How to Change the Pixel 2 XL Display Color Modes
Google designed the Pixel 2 XL to show accurate and true-to-life colors. Which is why the phone is using the sRGB color mode. This outputs colors on the screen that look as close to real life as possible. And while that’s great for some aspects, it’s not what most expect out of their smartphone display.
Following all the backlash and complaints, Google added three different options to the display settings menu. Here’s how to find and change them.
To start, we simply need to navigate to the settings menu. Pull down the notification bar and tap the gear-shaped settings button near the top right. Then, follow the images and step-by-step instructions below.
Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear-shaped settings button
Find and select Display
Tap on Advanced to see more settings
Scroll down and select Colors
Choose from Natural, Boosted, or Saturated
These three options will drastically change the overall look of the Pixel 2 XL, and how colors get displayed. It’s set to Natural by default, which is the accurate but boring colors many owners complain about.
Boosted increases saturation and vibrancy by 10-20%, and makes colors pop and seem more vivid.
However, the third option is probably what most owners will choose. Select Saturated to make the Pixel 2 XL screen look like the iPhone X, Galaxy S8, or the original Pixel XL. This has bright, crisp, and over-saturated colors. Red is almost too red, and orange glows extremely bright.
These are the only three options you have on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Following the November update, we quickly changed our Pixel 2 XL to saturated mode, and have enjoyed the outcome. That being said, it’s a little too saturated. The perfect alternative would be if Google gave us full control over the color spectrum. Similar to what we’ve seen on the Galaxy S8 and other Android smartphones.
If the Saturated mode is too bright for you, try boosted instead. It’s not as dull and washed out as the natural settings, but still gives the phone bright and vivid colors when you’re playing games or watching movies.
Let us know how you like the changes in the comment section below. Is this enough to make you enjoy the Pixel 2 XL, or are you hoping for another update with more controls? While you’re here, take a look at these 20 best Pixel 2 XL cases.
First up is an official case directly from Google. These are available at its online store, and they're made almost entirely from fabric. It sounds weird, but the result is a case that's amazingly soft and comfortable to hold and use. Then, the inside has a hard polycarbonate shell that keeps the phone safe and resists damage from drops.
Google lines the inside of these cases with a soft microfiber too, so the metal and glass stay nice and new. Also, before you ask, most cases should work with the Active Edge squeeze feature for the Google Assistant. As long as the case isn't too bulky, it will register the squeeze.
Personally, fabric cases are my favorite over the past year, with Incipio (on this list) making one of the best. Google's are expensive, but they're made inside and out by Google, just like the phone.
Whether it’s just distracting or you want better battery life, this guide will explain how to disable the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL always-on ambient display. The small area of the screen that stays on 24/7 with at-a-glance information. Thankfully it’s something we can turn off in settings.
As more users get their new phone many will have questions and concerns. We have a guide detailing the first 10 things owners should do, and one is to turn off this feature.
When you turn off the Pixel 2 screen, it’s still on. A small area displays the time, date, incoming notifications and more. The always-on or adaptive display is a feature many enjoy, but some might want to disable it.
How to Disable the Pixel 2 Always-On Display
Being a Pixel smartphone with stock Android there aren’t a lot of customization options like you find on a Samsung Galaxy. However, Google added a few different options to the “Display” section in settings. This is where you’ll want to start.
To disable the always on display feature we quickly need to head into Settings > Display > Advanced and scroll down to Ambient Display. From here, just switch off the Always on option.It’s that simple. Here are more details and some screenshots to help you disable it.
Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear-shaped settings button
Find and select Display
Tap on Advanced to see more settings
Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Ambient Display
Now just turn off the Always on switch
It only takes a few taps in settings to disable this feature. Now the screen will completely turn off and show nothing. You can choose the “lift to check phone” option once you disabled the always-on screen. This way it turns on when you pick it up but isn’t turned on 24/7.
This can potentially increase battery life by keeping the screen completely off when the phone is not in use.
Should You Do This?
While turning this feature off might be helpful, there are a few reasons to keep it. Studies have shown that the average smartphone user turns their screen on over 140 times a day. Typically just to check the time, date, or see notifications. By keeping Google’s ambient always-on display feature enabled, you won’t have to keep turning the screen on. This information is available at-a-glance and may actually increase battery life.
That said, some turn it off for other reasons. It might be distracting at night, at work, or in a movie theater. If so, follow the quick steps above and get rid of it.
Most manufacturers claim the always-on display uses less than 5% battery life throughout an entire 8-hour work day. So while every bit can increase battery life, we doubt this will make a noticeable impact for you. Whether you want to turn it off or not is up to you.
And finally, for those concerned about display problems or burn-in, Google has an answer for that too. The always-on display moves a tiny bit every few minutes, never staying in the same place. That way different areas of the screen get turned on and off during the day. Preventing burn-in or other potential problems later down the road. So, choose what works best for you and enjoy. While you’re here, consider one of these best Pixel 2 screen protectors.
First up is a tempered glass screen protector from Google themselves. The company partnered with Power Support to create a precision cut piece of strengthened and hardened glass for its new phones.
Google's screen protector is all glass with a subtle curve to match the Pixel 2 XL design. It's a dry application, using nothing but an adhesive that comes pre-installed on the glass. Simply line it up, lay it down, and squeeze out any air bubbles.
Additionally, Google's tempered glass has extra coatings to prevent fingerprints, dirt, and oil from our hands. Then, there's an added layer for extra scratch-resistance. It's a little more expensive than most, but coming right from Google ensures a good experience.
Google’s new Pixel 2 XL is a great phone with a lot to like and plenty to offer, but it’s not perfect. No phone is even if some get pretty close. One big area of concern is the display, and sadly the problems keep piling up. Here’s what you need to know about Pixel 2 XL display problems or complaints, and the response from Google on the situation.
Does the Pixel 2 XL have a bad screen? Can it be fixed, and should I still buy one? Potential buyers have a lot of questions and want to know what to expect. Especially when paying $850 for a smartphone. So what’s wrong with it? A few things according to some.
Recently complaints have flooded the web about the quality of Google’s screen, a screen LG made. Reports on Reddit and XDA Developers suggest that the Pixel 2 XL’s screen has several problems. Including poor or undersaturated colors, grainy images, burn-in, and a blue tint or color shifting. Most of these aren’t actual “problems” but Google is taking steps to fix things anyway.
Google Pixel 2 XL Display Problems
When a phone is almost all screen at the front, the quality of the screen is extremely important. Which is why so many complaints are starting to surface. Without getting into whether you’ll notice these “issues” or if they’re deal-breakers, this is what you need to know.
Color Shift (Blue Tint)
Most of the complaints have to do with a blue hue on the screen when it isn’t viewed straight on. Looking at the Pixel 2 XL at an angle the screen starts to turn blue. You see a shift in the colors if you aren’t looking straight at it. This is basically a viewing angle problem. However, it isn’t unique to the Pixel 2 XL. Other phones have this issue, like the LG V30 which uses the same 6-inch OLED display.
This is an issue on the Pixel 2 XL, but a small one. We see a similar shift at angles on any LED screen, like the original Pixel XL, and most phones. It’s worth noting that even the Galaxy S8 has some color shift. Although it’s not as severe and takes a greater angle for the colors to shift to blue. Some devices shift colors to yellow, others turn purple. Most people look directly at a phone, so this is a non-issue.
Washed Out Unsaturated Colors
Another common complaint is the colors aren’t vibrant and look washed out on the Pixel 2 XL. Colors aren’t rich, bright and over saturated like a Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S8 or Note 8. Samsung screens are extra saturated so colors pop, and pictures or video are rich and vibrant. This is a choice Samsung makes.
Yes, the Pixel 2 XL looks dull sitting next to the Galaxy S8+, but that’s the way Google calibrated the display. They fine-tuned it to match the common RGB color space. The problem is the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t have options to turn off this calibration or change the colors like Samsung and other manufacturers offer. So we’re stuck with RGB mode and the “Vivid colors” option in display settings don’t do much. A fix is coming, and we have more details below.
Grainy Colors or Edge Banding
Then, we’re seeing complaints about grainy colors or banding and bleeding on the edges of the screen. If you turn the screen brightness all the way down, images have a weird grainy, textured look. You have to really look to see it, and it’s only visible under about 15-20% brightness, on some phones. The only way this is a potential problem is if someone is reading a book late at night in bed with the screen brightness turned down. Again, only a few users have this issue, so get a new Pixel 2 XL without worry.
Screen Burn-In or Ghosting
And finally, the last complaint is potentially the worst one. Some owners have something called “burn-in” or ghosting on the Pixel 2 XL display. First noticed by AndroidCentral, burn-in is where buttons or images on the screen remain visible after you switch the screen to something else. Like leftover remnants of the on-screen keys are visible while you’re watching a video in fullscreen. The image below is a great example.
This happens on virtually all LED screens, but usually after several months or even years of usage, not just a matter of days. Things like the on-screen keys or the date get permanently “burnt” into the screen and don’t’ go away, but are barely noticeable. Google is actively investigating this issue and today confirmed the Pixel 2 XL is on par with other LED screens on the market. However, they’re taking steps to minimalize this over the life of the device.
The other problem is edge banding or backlight bleeding. We’re seeing very few comments on this here and there, but that’s about it. If more complaints begin to surface as more users get the Pixel 2 XL, we’ll update this post.
Pixel 2 XL Display Fixes
So does the Pixel 2 XL have a bad screen? No, no it does not. It’s not perfect, it’s not bad, and it’s not the best on the market. Google did some investigating and said it’s comparable to most LED screens on the market in terms of color shift, color management, and potential burn-in. Read the full report here, which also gives you a great understanding of how the Pixel 2 XL displays color, and how it will get better in the next update.
The washed out colors problem is because millions of users are coming from a Samsung device. Phones that have saturation cranked on full blast. If you remember, the Galaxy S8 had a red color problem, and they released an update that gave users full control of the color spectrum.
The sRGB color mode on the Pixel 2 XL is the problem here, and there’s no way to change to a different color mode or profile. Samsung gives users full control, and Google will release an update with similar options in the next few weeks. Adding full customization, the ability to turn off sRBG mode, and a new “saturated” mode in the display settings. This will make the Pixel 2 XL screen match the colors of the original Pixel and most phones on the market.
As for the screen burn-in problem, Google confirmed this is an issue that all LED screens face, and they’ve put in steps to minimalize it. The always-on display moves ever so slightly, every few minutes, so the same Pixels don’t stay on all day long. A similar small movement happens on the navigation buttons. Additionally, Google will let the on-screen keys switch from white to black more often, based on an apps color theme, to cut down on potential burn in later down the road. Not to mention the on-screen keys will fade to a lighter brightness when not being used, to further reduce any potential for burn-in.
Google Pixel 2 Warranty
We do have some good news out of this entire situation that got blown way out of proportion. The Pixel 2 XL screen is on par with others on the market, and Google found no evidence that screens are burning faster than they should.
However, Google is doubling the standard warranty for every Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Giving every owner a full coverage 2-year warranty, instead of one year. So if something breaks next year, or you notice burn-in, you’re covered by the extended 2-year warranty.
If you already have the Pixel 2 XL, the next step for you is waiting for a software update that’s “coming soon” according to Google. When it arrives, head to Settings > Display > and choose the new “saturated” mode, keep RGB for more accurate (but less vibrant and saturated) colors, or fully customize it to your liking.
Those who don’t own the Pixel 2 XL yet, but still want one, check out these Pixel 2 deals. It’s still a great phone, and we see no reason not to recommend it. Especially following the results of Google’s investigation into the display.
Another idea is to wait a little longer to see if more reports continue to surface. We’ll monitor the Pixel 2 XL display situation closely moving forward, and keep you posted if we see any other problems.
The LG V30 release date is coming up quick and now we have more details to share with potential buyers. This week LG announced its next phone will have a brand new 6-inch class-leading OLED display. It will feature curved edges to take on the Galaxy Note 8 and new iPhone. Here’s everything you need to know.
Recent V30 rumors point to some major changes that should either excite or frustrate fans of the original V10 and V20. From a bigger display and premium design, improved cameras, to water-resistance.
Actually, the LG G6 tells us a lot about the upcoming LG V30. That’s because the design will be similar and LG will likely ditch the second screen in favor of an edge-to-edge display. However, it isn’t all bad news, as this phone is shaping up as one of the best options in late 2017.
While we already knew plenty about the LG V30 thanks to countless leaks and rumors, some of the information is now official. On August 2nd LG Display officially announced the screen for its “next major smartphone”. Which of course, is the upcoming LG V30.
According to LG, the phone will offer a 6-inch Quad-HD Display with the companies “full vision” technology. That’s their way of calling it an edge-to-edge screen like the Galaxy S8 and rumored iPhone 8. However, the body of the phone will be much smaller than the LG V20, even with the bigger screen, due to having smaller bezels. Essentially the front is almost all screen. Check it out in the teaser image below provided by LG.
LG confirms they’ve shrunk the bezel (black bars around the screen) a lot for this phone. In fact, it is 20% smaller on the top and 50% smaller on the bottom. Offering more screen and fewer bezels than even the Galaxy S8.
Furthermore, LG states this phone is the first device to utilize its new P-OLED technology. The LG V30’s 6-inch screen will have a curved OLED screen which should offer a significantly improved viewing experience over past LG devices. The “P” in P-OLED stands for plastic, which makes the screen more durable and less prone to cracks and damage. However, the company still plans to use Gorilla Glass 5 on top for scratch resistance. The best of both worlds, basically.
Other features include dual 13 Megapixel cameras on the back, an improved front-facing camera, and IP68 dust and water resistance. Additionally, the V30 is rumored to have wireless charging and a new and improved Quad-DAC for high fidelity sound.
Leaks believe the LG V30 will still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the secondary ticker display won’t be missing completely. There isn’t a second screen, but instead a floating ticker display somewhere on the new 6-inch full vision OLED screen.
We expect the new and improved LG V30 announcement to come around August 31st, with the phone being available for sale in late September. We’ll update this post once we know more.
In this buying guide we’ll explain why you need an LG G6 screen protector and share a list of the best LG G6 screen protectors available. With a big 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display protection is a good idea, as they can prevent broken or damaged screens.
While the rounded edges of the LG G6 screen look good, they also serve a purpose. LG states the round edges offer more surface area that can absorb impacts from drops. So yes the screen is resilient, but it is far from scratch proof. Which is why we recommend protection.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about screen protectors. Especially when it comes to dealing with the rounded edges of the G6 screen. They work and work well. There are a few different styles to choose from which we’ll explain below.
Most G6 screen protectors cost less than $8, which is much cheaper than the $200 or more it will cost to replace a damaged display. You’ll need to spend a little more to get a quality screen protector from a reputable brand though.
We recommend investing in a high-quality screen protector to protect your $800 phone. Because spending less than $8 on a cheap film is better than nothing, especially if you don’t keep it in a case. The most expensive LG G6 screen protectors use reinforced and tempered glass. For those that don’t know, tempered glass is scratch resistant and more durable than films.
A film screen protector can sometimes change the texture on the glass, not to mention yellow or peel over time. That said, they’re still a worthy investment. Tempered glass uses the same reinforced materials as the G6 screen itself, so are extremely durable.
We’ve seen some users skip getting a screen protector after buying an LG G6 case, but we don’t recommend it. A case can’t protect your screen from keys in a purse or pocket, or all life’s daily hazards. A case is a good choice, yes, but so is screen protection, especially at this low price point.
Popular brands like Spigen, Supershieldz, iCarez and more all have excellent options when it comes to protection. We’ve added a few new options to the list and will update it as others get released. While you’re here, take a look at these 5 best quick chargers for the LG G6.
Spigen Glass LG G6 Screen Protector (2-Pack)
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One of the very first to offer real glass screen protectors was Spigen. Instead of cheap films that discolor and get easily scratched, they started offering the same strengthened and hardened glass as smartphones come with out of the box. Now, every accessory maker offers glass screen protector.
As a result, the Spigen Glas.t(R) Slim is our first choice for LG G6 protection. It's precision laser but to perfectly fit the LG G6, and is sized just right so it covers the entire screen but will still allow owners to use a case. Some are too big, and cases make the screen protector peel off. That won't happen with Spigen.
This is an extremely thin piece of glass that's just as durable as what comes on the phone. If it gets scratched or cracked, take it off and apply the second one as there are two in the box. If you are getting a protector for the LG G6, start here.