How to switch between the different screen modes on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Got a new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, by chance? Samsung's latest and greatest are arguably on of the best smartphones you can get right now, as they shine on almost all fronts. Performance, design, camera, interface, user experience, you name it — there's hardly any area that'll disappoint.

That said, if you're a zealous fan of accurate life-like colors, the display of the Galaxy S7 & S7 edge might be a bit of a let down right out of the box. Don't get us wrong, the Super AMOLED screens have awesome properties, but by default, their color reproduction is governed by the Adaptive screen mode. It is a screen mode where the display automatically adjusts to lighting conditions and boost brightness to very high levels, up to 484 nits for the Galaxy S7 and 493 nits for the S7 edge. It's one of the four available on board, with the others being AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED Photo, and Basic. 

All but Basic come with noticeably oversatured colors, which are pleasantly vivid and punchy. not to mention that they attract attention, but their accuracy is way off. Fortunately for all those who crave accurate colors and true image representation, Samsung allows us to switch between Adaptive, AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED Photo, and Basic screen modes quite easy. Here's how.

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. Mikeykraviz

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

I just received the S7 Edge but back it goes. Not sure why all the accolades!? All these reviewers must be coming from Motorola Star Tacs. The screen in typical Samsung fashion is over contrasted and highly inaccurate. Skin tones in videos appear red or purplish. Changing the screen mode to Basic does nothing except put a dull wash over the whites. Plus the Edge version is difficult to hold and impossible to type on without your hands mistakingingly hitting keys which lay on those edges. And that Touch Wiz is horrible. It is a gorgeous phone, feels solid and the camera rocks...I'll give it that. But unless you are a kid with small hands and tend to watch animated movies, the screen, UI, and overall experience is much better on the G4 and iPhone 6.

2. Damo.

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Truth hurts - this is my man's review!

8. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The screen on the G4 better? The truth in fairy tale land, maybe. With >8000K whitebalance (that's way beyond too blue) and an average dE2000 of 7 to 12, the G4 color calibration is actually about as bad as it gets for high end phones.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's his own opinion based on his usage. That makes it only his truth. If you agree then agree. It doesn't make it fact because everything he said is subjective. The Galaxy S7 has a better and more accurate color display per DXOmark who actually test displays. This guy didnt test the display he used it. Hard to hold? The previous edge was because it has sharper edges. However, if you are use to hold a phone with flat side or oval sides, the edge does take gettign use too. I had both the S6 Edge and Edge+ I never had an issue typing and I have very large hand. I can actually pick up a basketball with just the edge of my fingers. So unless you fingers are like marshmallows on the tips, typing shouldn't be an issue. Basic mode drops all the color gambits down to actual colors. The reds aren't as bright but are more natural. It does take the whites and dulls them because the phone in not capable of showing white because there is no white LED's. The white is more like a brightened gray. Over 30M+ people bought the S6 Edge last year and seem to be very happy with it. This is the first complaint I've seen about the S7. He is one in a million+ people who will own this phone.

3. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

You must be trippin. Your entitled to your opinion and preference. But the G4 definitely doesn't have the screen to body ratio, performance, and S7 has. G4 UI is horrid. Absolutely can't compare to TouchWiz features. You must be anti Samsung or something to say the display, UI and overall user experience is better on G4. 808 can't compare to 820. Period.

4. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

TouchWiz no good bro, everyone on here complain about it but regardless still buy galaxy phones, so it's not something new. It's true since the G2, LG did well on making their UI better. The G4 camera is not bad, its not the best but it's still good enough that a person can switch to a G series and still be happy. It's nothing anti Samsung, but your post show your bias, if it ain't Samsung it's no good is your slogan. I have no bias since I use Lumia950, I prefer Lumia 950 over both. Recent updates and everything got it super smooth no issues

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Listen I don't have bias towards LG in the slightest. I'm a sort of self proclaimed Android Veteran. Been there since the G1 days and I like each different OEM for different reasons. And for the record G4 has a fantastic camera. But the reason I like Samsung devices so much, is because frankly Samsung has put in work. Tons of work. TouchWiz used to be a POS. Fact. But Galaxy devices represent the best of Android today. Displays, cameras, UI features, and I could go on. They have more work to do for sure. But if you want the best of the best, Nexi and galaxy s and note are top dog. In more ways than one. When you love android like I do, you can't have too much bias towards your brand of choice. All flagship these days are awesome.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Everybody on here? Is about 50 people at the most. What about the millions who buy Galaxy phones who dont complain about TW. The sales tell a diffeent story too. How many Android OEM's can say they sell 400M phones? Which Android OEM is the sells king? After all these are the same arguments iPhone users use, so let me try it and see what sticks. Based on my experience, most people if you ask them what is TouchWiz, they couldn't even tell you,. You claim that everyone here complains about TW, only users of lame branded Vanilla Android phones. Those guys dont like skins period. They dont even like HTC Sense. I use to love Sense, but then it got worse. TW went from bad to better. Since Samsung cant change the Android code, the only way to make those features available on their phone sis using an overlay. Its not a bad thing. The thing is with people here, how can they claim TW is bad, when many have never even owned a Samsung phone? They go to a store and simply repeat they dont like touchwiz as they swipe the screen back and forth. Many of them dont even know the TW features, no less have any opinion whatsoever on how good or bad TW is. After all, if you've never owned a phone with it, how woudl you know?

5. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You need to have your eyes and fingers checked, is all I can say. Measurements > subjective/imaginative nonsense any day.

6. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

G4 has horrible screen especially with the red color tones...

11. Serket

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Thinking of sending my S7E back as well. The touch screen is overly sensitive and registers taps while scrolling - very annoying. When playing games, the screen will auto adjust and the colors look like crap. The front camera has a lot of trouble focusing correctly. I do think the phone looks amazing and the battery life is awesome, but the usability issues are driving me towards a return.

12. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Sounds like a lot of user error and lack of knowledge. Colors changing for games, is part of the adaptive settings, which you can turn off... You can also change the sensitivity of the screen.

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