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Force 90Hz Refresh Rate on Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL

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Written by Hassan Abbas

This guide will teach you how to force a 90Hz refresh rate on Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Both new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have endured their fair share of criticism since launch, but that does not mean the phones are below-par. To balance the additional power take-off from the higher refresh rate, Pixel 4 dynamically switches between 90Hz and a more standard 60Hz dependent on the displayed content, typically daily tasks like making calls or when non-optimized apps are running.

There is a trade-off, however, as a higher refresh rate will cause your battery to drain much faster — which might become problematic since standard Pixel 4 already has fairly mediocre battery life. Despite this, you can still try it out! Thanks to being a built-in setting, no modification is required and it is easily reversible!

Force 90Hz High Refresh Rate on Google Pixel 4 (Always On)

Unlike some higher refresh rate display phones like OnePlus 7T, you do not require ADB commands to get maximum refresh rate on Google Pixel 4. Instead, you just have to switch on the phone’s Developer options.

Here is the complete guide:

1 – Open Settings > Phone Information

2 – Scroll down to Building Number and press it five times.

3 – Now go to Settings > System> Advanced > Developer Options.

4 – Scroll down to Debug and the second last setting Force the 90Hz refresh rate.

5 – Press Force refresh rate at 90Hz and press the dial to activate it.


This is all that you have to do this on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. However, we would not really recommend you doing it because the 90Hz refresh rate consumes more battery. Henceforth, the higher refresh rate all the time will make the device die faster than usual. If you’re not satisfied with this on the Google Pixel 4, you can always toggle it off from the same menu.

Now your Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL should always be running at 90Hz. If you have any questions, just drop them below in the comment section. To go back to default, switch off the setting by following the same procedure.

Also Read: Apple Receive 16-Inch MacBook Pro Shipment

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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