How to unlock the hidden, less saturated Adaptive Display mode on your Galaxy S6 and Note 4

How to unlock the hidden, less saturated Adaptive Display mode on your Galaxy S6 and Note 4
We recently reviewed all the different display modes that Samsung now offers on its latest AMOLED displays, showing that the company has grown leaps and bounds when it comes to hue presentation, brightness and color-correctness from the early days of its exclusive AMOLED technology. Our test results showed that the Basic mode offers the most credible color presentation, rivaling the one from the best IPS-LCD panels, while the Adaptive Display regime can boost brightness beyond 600 nits for use outdoors.

The default Adaptive Display mode, however, is still on the overly saturated side, so if you want to use this automatic regime to have great outdoor visibility, you will have to make do with colors that are a tad more eye-popping that your mobile shoe-shopping spree from Zappos warranted, leading to a potential surprise when you open the box. How about a hidden mode, though, that can make the stock Adaptive Display imagery look more toned-down in terms of saturation, and without that yellowish, warm effect you can observe with the default mode, too? 

If it sounds good to you, check out our tutorial below, showing what you need to do to unleash that secret screen mode on your Galaxy S6 or Note 4. We mention those handsets, because the mode seems to be hidden on TouchWiz-ed devices running Android Lollipop, but potentially every Samsung kit that is updated to the latest Android software probably has this mod lurking in the ROM itself, so here is how to enable it:

Method #1: Using the Nova launcher


1. With Nova launcher installed, tap and hold on an empty homescreen area, choose the Widgets option, and pick the "Activities" one;

2. Once in the Activities widget, choose Settings, then tap and hold onto the ModePreviewTablet setting;

3. Pick a new option, different from the one is already selected, and afterwards tap on the first one in the list  - Adapt Display - followed by tapping OK, as shown in the video below:



Method #2: Using an app


1. Download and install the "More Shortcuts" app from the Play Store;
2. Pick the "Activity" option, go to Settings, and tap on the same ModePreviewTablet option;
3. Tap on the small blue arrow on the right, and launch this activity;
4. Same as before, you must chose a mode that is different from the one currently active, then go or return back to the Adapt Display mode option, and tap OK.

As a result, you will have a different layout in the display mode settings on your Galaxy S6, Note 4, or other handset on Lollipop with a TouchWiz ROM, making the default Adapt Display option look less saturated, less yellowish, and with more credible color presentation overall, at the same time keeping the scorching high automatic display brightness option. Hey, you don't even need root to try this one, which can't be said for most of the other useful hacks and mods out there.


source: HDxDaniel (XDA-Devs)

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20 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I always use cinema mode lol

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It's not hidden on my S6, right under Display in the settings.

7. Shocky unregistered

The hidden adaptive mode is not the same as the default one.

8. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Whats the difference?

21. GuccizBud

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

‼  ‼  ‼ ‼  ‼  ‼ All you guys saying you have it on your device and it isn't hidden don't get it because you haven't read the article properly. If you select "Adaptive Display" on your device it turns *off* whatever was selected before, because you can only have *one* of the four choices selected at any one time. In other words, you have one adaptive mode and 3 non-adaptive modes by default, like this :  MODE      ADAPTIVE?  ‾‾‾‾‾‾      ‾‾‾

22. GuccizBud

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

‼  ‼  ‼ ‼  ‼  ‼ All you guys saying you have it on your device and it isn't hidden don't get it because you haven't read the article properly. If you select "Adaptive Display" on your device it turns *off* whatever was selected before, because you can only have *one* of the four choices selected at any one time. In other words, you have one adaptive mode and 3 non-adaptive modes by default, like this :  MODE      ADAPTIVE?  Adaptive display   Yes  AMOLED photo   NO  AMOLED cinema   NO  Basic        NO What this article is about is a mod that turns those last 3 modes adaptive *as well*, so you get the best of both worlds, get it? If you like the way the colors look in "AMOLED cinema" for example, you can now have that mode be adaptive at the same time. You basically get this (note that the mode names have been altered a bit) :  Adaptive display  ☑  Dynamic    

23. GuccizBud

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

The comments' parser seems to interpret any and every Unicode character (eg. "real" underscores, radio buttons) as meaning "cut out everything after this character", first time I encounter such a thing, I shouldn't have to fight the website to post a message, so screw it, the bulk of it is there.

3. meeaaoon

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Its not hidden on my Note 4 either.

4. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I prefer basic for the color accuracy.

5. waddup121 unregistered

Basic for the S6, S4-S6 Cinema mode ALL DAY!

6. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I can confirm that the specified setting IS there for my Note 3 running stock Lollipop. Some takeaways: - Skin tones are a more natural (tested on some Full HD Tumblr photos.) - Everything feels a bit too yellow. (checked on an LG G4 wallpaper.) - Is white, RGB 255,255,255 (I'm thinking of enamel white paint from a Home Depot) supposed to be yellowish to my eyes? Because on the default, non-hidden Adapt Display that felt enamel white more than the white the new mode is giving off.

17. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

You used a ~8000K temp scrern blueish G4 screen as the reference? So funny

18. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

It's not yellowish, it's just that most displays are blueish

19. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

So Enamel White paint is the true white? Not the 'blueish' white way too many phones have?

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

None of those are even required. Why would you install apps? This is terrible advice. All you have to do is go to Settings > Display & Wallapaper > Screen Mode and uncheck the box for Adaptive Display and you can simply choose one of the other options. 3 steps. This installing more junk to do something so simple is lame and poor advice coming from a tech website. I will make the best suggestion in this case, don't even listen to the writer who is obviously not a real technician.

10. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

A pure white color reference is actually 5000K. Not the claimed 6500 reference that all these websites refer too. That's why whites on Samsung phone's still look yellow next to even a can of paint.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How can you unlock something that isn't even locked? The device is by default set for Adaptive Display. Settings > Display/Wallpaper > Screen Mode and there you have the 4 options. Unchecking the first allows you to choose the other. TERRIBLE ADVICE FROM A TECH WEBSITE!!!!

12. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Did you even read. This is the less saturated adaptive mode. Techie what's happened to you. Get a grip dude.

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This is a none yellowish basic mode. Nice for those prefer less saturation.

20. r0bbb

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Not working anymore since 5.1.1 update :( :( Anyone got a fix?!

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