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One of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL’s key features is its 90Hz display. But if you’re trying to save battery life, you can turn off the high refresh rate. Here’s how to keep the phone’s screen at 60 Hz.

How to Disable the 90Hz Display

To begin, swipe down on your home screen twice to move past the notification shade and into the quick tiles section. Tap on the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

Alternatively, you can swipe up from the home screen to open the app drawer. From there, locate and select the “Settings” app.

Google Pixel 4 Click Settings Gear

Scroll down and tap on the “Display” option.

Google Pixel 4 Click Display

Select the “Advanced” button to expand the menu.

Google Pixel 4 Click Advanced

Locate and tap on the “Smooth Display” option.

Google Pixel 4 Click Smooth Display

Select the toggle next to “Smooth Display” to disable the 90Hz display. As the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be locked at 60 Hz, you should experience a slightly better battery life.

Google Pixel 4 Toggle Off Smooth Display

How to Force 90Hz Refresh Rate

If you’re not worried about battery life and want the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to always run at 90Hz, you force the better-looking display. We don’t recommend this as it will run down your battery faster.

Before you can access the option to force the higher refresh rate, you have to enable Developer Options. To do this, swipe down on your display twice to access the quick settings tiles. Tap on the gear icon to open the Settings menu. Alternatively, open the “Setting” app from the app drawer.

Google Pixel 4 Click Settings Gear

Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select the “About Phone” option.

Google Pixel 4 Select About Phone

Locate the “Build Number” item at the bottom of the page and rapidly tap on it. After a couple of seconds, you will be asked to authenticate yourself using the lock screen passcode (password, PIN, etc.).

Google Pixel 4 Rapidly Tap Build Number

Now that the setting is enabled hit the back button and select the “System” option.

Google Pixel 4 Select System

Scroll down and tap on “Advanced” to expand the full menu.

Google Pixel 4 Select Advanced

Locate and select the “Developer Options” button.

Google Pixel 4 Select Developer Options

Either use the search tool to locate “Force 90Hz Refresh Rate” or scroll down and tap on the option within the “Debugging” section.

Google Pixel 4 Select Force 90 Hz Refresh Rate

Select the toggle next to “Force 90Hz Refresh Rate” to turn the feature off.

Google Pixel 4 Toggle On Force 90 Hz Refresh Rate

Again, we don’t recommend you for the 90Hz refresh rate. Almost everyone that has used the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has commented on the phone’s poor battery life. Forcing the higher refresh rate will make the device die faster than usual.

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Justin Duino is the Technical Content Editor for How-To Geek. He has spent the last decade writing about Android, smartphones, and other mobile technology. In addition to his written work, he has also been a regular guest commentator on BBC World News and Radio to discuss current events in the technology industry.
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