How to change screen modes on Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5


Samsung phones are known to have the latest and most advanced AMOLED displays out there, but did you know that you can actually change the way colors look on them as well?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 (as well as other top-end Samsung phones with AMOLED screens) have a very neat screen mode’ section in settings where there are four different screen modes.

The default one is ‘Adaptive display’, a screen mode where the display automatically adjusts to lighting conditions and can go into overdrive on a particularly sunny day, for instance, when it boosts brightness to very high levels. This makes it possible to still read what’s on the screen even in those challenging conditions.

The other modes are ‘AMOLED Cinema’, ‘AMOLED photo’, and ‘Basic’. You can see the difference in the color reproduction in each of these modes live as you change between them, and particularly the AMOLED photo and the Basic modes provide a much more toned down appearance. In contrast, the cinema and default Adaptive and Cinema modes go for a very wild, super contrasty and punchy image with eye-popping colors that are artificially boosted.

If you are a photographer and care about the screen mode that delivers colors closest to the industry sRGB standard, we advise you to go with the Basic mode. It will initially appear a bit dull in comparison with the standard Adaptive mode, but it is actually much closer to those industry standards.

So how do you change screen modes on Samsung phones like the Galaxy S6 and Note 5? Follow the simple step-by-step tutorial right below.

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22 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The white is off in basic

2. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Sure it is! S6 has 6584 Kelvins WB , which is perfect. http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-Review_id3965

3. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Just leave it at Basic Mode. It's the most accurate one.

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I don't care about color accuracy as long as the screen looks nice!

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

No it's not. We humans are accustomed to bluish whites as they appear 'whiter'. This is because blue makes the screen brighter and it just looks less yellowish. The basic actually is very close to reference white. But when you switch from other modes(which are bluer), you notice a increase in yellowishness as your eyes see the relative difference. Try this: stick with basic for a day. You will notice the whites are actually not off. Now switch to movie mode. That will appear blue. Now use that for a few hours. It will appear white too. Now switch to basic and you'll notice that it's kinda yellow. Now repeat the whole process.

11. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Then use Adaptive Display mode or AMOLED Cinema. The perception of white balance depends on what you eye is accustomed to. For example after watching the sky even the most blueish screen will seem to be yellowish and vice versa if you sit in a room with a filament lamp.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Great little tut. 1+ for using material design esque theme too.

12. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I bought the Material Design theme recently for my Edge+ and haven't looked back. So much better looking than Touchwiz.

14. lp1959

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 06, 2015

how can i find this theme?

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

Go to the Theme Store.

18. lp1959

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 06, 2015

there's only one theme named material flat light by binod kumar ray.its main color is violet! it seems it's been removed.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

It just worked for me. Type "material design" into the search bar. It's by Cameron Bunch & it's free. If it doesn't work, then I have to assume that it's not available where you are.

22. lp1959

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 06, 2015

thanks for checking,i tried by restarting my phone and using vpn(uk servers) and failed.it should be my location that's been registered on my samsung account.

7. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

The most beautiful display market

8. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Basic might be the most accuracy in colour but it is really way look too dull, probably the most dull color in market if set to basic. Beside Adaptive display which my all time favour, if want more accuracy in color but not looking over dull, AMOLED Photo is the best choice.

9. Calvin35

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I always use basic mode as I used to calibrate tv's and a good white point is very important to me.

10. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i use cinema it may not be accurate but it is seriously vivid & nice to look at

13. lp1959

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 06, 2015

which theme or launcher is this phone using? i like its quick settings menu colors,its like the default one but using different colors!

15. sahalmohd

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Material Theme available in the store

19. lp1959

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 06, 2015

there's only one theme named material flat light by binod kumar ray.its main color is violet! i think it's been removed.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

See comment #20. You should be able to find it. The same guy has 2 more. Material Dark & Material Black. The former is also free. The latter is 99¢.

16. Tupac

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

Basic mode here

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