Galaxy S7 devices switching to lower resolution after Nougat update, some users report

With the official release of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge a couple of days ago, Samsung fans were treated to a nice dessert in the form of over 20 new features and overhauled visuals. However, some users have also ran into an odd issue – the display resolution of their Galaxy S7 devices dropped after the update.

This is not really a (serious) bug or anything you should be worrying about. In fact, the option to switch to a lower screen resolution is a feature that’s a part the new power saving scheme. First introduced with the disastrous Note 7 last year, this power saving mode allows you to lower the display resolution in order to conserve energy. You can even go as low as 720p if you feel like it.

However, it’s a mystery why the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge default to 1080p instead of remaining on the native 2K resolution after the Nougat update. At any rate, the “issue” seems to currently be affecting only a limited number of S7 users, although many others might not have even noticed the drop in resolution yet.

If this happens to your device after installing the latest update, you can revert to the native resolution by simply going to Settings → Display → Change screen resolution, and moving the slider all the way to the right (to 2560 x 1440).

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. maherk

Posts: 6833; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I can confirm that, and it has been the case since the 1st Beta release.

9. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Same here. The difference is noticeable if you look up close, but it also does get you about 30m to 1hr extra SOT in my first day.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its also reduce a lots the overheating issues. Thats my fix for unhappy S7 owner thats buyed it from me ( even if i told them its was a bad idea ) I put the phone in 1080p & its get faster , heat less and battery life is longer.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1818; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

During the beta test I kept mine at 1080p and I couldn't even tell the difference in screen quality...

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is because there is no difference in the regular UI, only games and such things that render graphics on the fly. All of the system UI and regular apps remain qHD.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You're saying that every user that bashed iPhone 7 for being only fhd was in fact a hypocrite (or a dumb ass that knew s**t)?

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3103; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They don't want to risk anymore exploding devices so they reduced the display resolution to reduce strain on the processor and the battery.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Can you prove it or your assuming?

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3103; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Assuming. Trust me I'm an expert :D

11. tedkord

Posts: 17349; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You misspelled retard.

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3103; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You misspelled butthurt.

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Will this feature come to s6 series too? Cause this series needs it the most! If somebody has any clue please let me know

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

OMFG. It's been since first beta. It's not a bug, but a feature. If this had been apple, it would have been called true innovative's unbelievable how freaking biased the thus website is.....

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

But why would the software gimp the resolution on purpose though..? Why change the resolution to 1080p when you bought it as a 1440p quad HD device, it shouldn't automatically change it to 1080p, I bet you'll have a good amount of Samsung users who get stuck on 1080p but don't even realize it, wasting completly that 1440p display The feature shouldn't be changing the resolution once installed, can't think of any other device or OS update to any platform that has done this

13. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

You bought 1440p for better VR experience probably when you use VR apps it will switch automatically to 1440p. I guess everybody would be fine if the device goes 1080p and have more fluent device with more SOT. You would notice that difference jist with magnifier lens. Sony made the same thing just to keep device more responsive and spare some juice.

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

Great ffs i lost my comment due to the dumb loading bug

21. mikehunta727 unregistered

Pixel XL doesnt need to run at 1080p, it has fantastic battery life and is buttery smooth at 1440p. Also I can easily tell a difference between a 1080p image and 1440p image/video on a 1440p display. People dont buy the 1440p display phone solely for VR, that is one of their least things they want. People buy 1440p display devices because of the sharpness and crispness it exudes all the time in photos/videos/web browsing. Defaulting the resolution to 1080p is very dumb and basically says that Samsung devices arent up to snuff at 1440p performance and battery life wise. Yes the option to change resolution is great dont get me wrong but it defaulting automatically is just dumb

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

... And i forgot to mention 1440p is not completely restricted... Do better know your device and settings app!

7. zeropants

Posts: 41; Member since: May 31, 2012

This should not surprise anyone since it was announced in the first beta they released. But, I guess they needed to fill another square with something.

15. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

It's not a BUG. it's a FEATURE

17. Tipus

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Must be slow news day at iPA

19. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Any idea when the will release to non beta people? Especially for T-Mobile S7 Edge? Keep hearing it's release.

22. MBettar

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

This is not a bug or a an issue, its simple the performance mode is being set as optimized (recommend) to save power so just pull down the drop down menu and press on performance mode and set it to high performance

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its not a bug, maybe its a feature to eliminate battery drain for a resolution you dont have to have. After all the Galaxy S7 already last longer than many phone in its class even at QHD. So at FHD, it will be even better. I have to see if my wife's S7 Edge has the 7.0 update pending. See what result I get.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If it is a resolution "you don't have to have", why should iPhone have had it?!

25. dazed1

Posts: 798; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Classic iPhonearena, talking about Note 7, IN EVERY ARTICLE ABOUT SAMSUNG.

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