Turn your Windows 10 Mobile phone into a phablet with the latest build of the OS

Turn your Windows 10 Mobile phone into a phablet with the latest build of the OS
Imagine a magic button that turns your Windows 10 Mobile handset into a phablet. While no phone can stretch its screen size just yet, the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile includes a feature that allows those with a regular-sized handset, to experience what it feels like to own a phablet. This is accomplished by scaling down the UI on the phone, so that the QWERTY and images on the screen are reduced in size making the screen seem larger.

If the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet has the UI scaled down, the result is a tablet-like experience. Some of the phone apps become tablet apps, including the Microsoft Edge browser, which looks like the PC version with the UI scaled down.

To turn your Windows 10 Mobile device into a Windows 10 Mobile phablet, go to Settings > Phone > Display and move the slider to the lowest setting. If you keep this to yourself, you can turn it into a magic trick and amaze your friends and family. Check out the slideshow to see exactly what the transformation looks like from phablet to tablet.

source: WMPoweruser



1. charlesxph

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

This is what WP should have been, right from the beginning.


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

At first I thought this was dumb and I just tried it on my Lumia 930 and wow I'm really liking this. Windows 10 is the future I can't wait have 950xl in my hands. Surface phone with Ntrig is what I want next!

2. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

I'm so tempted to switch from iOS to Windows phone tbh my only complaint would be its selection of apps

6. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I feel you on that. This is my only reservation as an android user. I'm going to dip my toe into Windows phone with the 950.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Do it. But don't dip the toe. Just dive in.lol There's room in here.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I want to but I still have a s6 edge plus as my daily unless something magical happens when I get this device. I actually like the design of the 950 a bit better than the xl especially the camera housing on the back.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Dip your hand into a 1520, they are like 200 bucks right now on ebay/amazon. The camera, especially the dng option, is still top 5. Zooms along, bright as hell screen. Right now I am getting 20hrs or more on beta software. I am going to miss this phone when I get the 950xl

14. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I think i would try windows 10 for phones on a older device such as HTC M8 with windows phone or Lumia 1520 to save money and to make sure i really like the platform before jumping to the next Lumia Flagship

3. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

it's getting better and better. Ironically. I want wp to stay below 5% market share. i like having a feature and somebody asking me what phone I use and I say windows phone. It feels nice. People will still complain about apps and they should. I just like standing out.

5. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I like the experience on my Lumia 930..Hopefully they can minimize the so called "APP-GAP" with windows 10

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

So, essentially a DPI changer?

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Whoa, looks awesome on my 1520. Thanks for the neat trick.

11. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Anyone know if the USB type c is faster than normal fast charging? My s6 edge plus charges really fast wireless and wired

15. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

What if you plug it into a charger then put it on top of a wireless charging pad , so now it charges twice as fast ?

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

30mins over half charge. Phone should charge within a good hour or so

12. brasstax

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is essentially a dpi changing trick that's as usual been around in android, like forever. I use texdroiderdpi on my z ultra. Nevertheless, it's a neat trick for windows phone users. Good for them. But it really is suited to screens of minimum 6 inches. The lumia 1520 and 1320 would yield the best results.

13. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Not sure how it works on Android because I've never tried it, but it actually goes a little bit beyond scaling the dpi in this case. It actually scales the UI, if that makes sense... So if you are using it at normal scaling and browsing on the Edge browser, you'll get the normal mobile experience. If you scale the UI down, it'll actually change the UI to the desktop version of the app normally seen in Continuum mode on a big screen.

17. Sp4mer

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

@Penny: here is a cool trick with PC mode. Go to Edge, and hold tabs you will be getting couple of useful options (Reopen closed tab, Duplicate tab, etc...). Try to give text scaling a go. :)

20. Penhoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Come on now. First off DPI changers are only for rooted devices. Second, we both now the issues it often brings, you can't do it without any consequences. Reason I rooted my phone was so my big high resolution screen actually had an advantage over my previous one, because Android (non rooted) doesn't do anything at all with the extra screen size and resolution. So don't go "Android already has it", cause it doesn't naturally. Don't forget the majority doesn't root their phones.

21. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Yes it changes DPI, but the thing about changing DPI with Windows is the UI itself scales with the DPI, so you get the UI of a tablet instead of a phone so people might find it better to use their phones like that. Unlike Android which keeps the same UI.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you think it is doing what android does....how wrong you are. The apps are actually changing....this does not exist in the android world. Sorry. At least not by first party.

16. Sp4mer

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

@Alan: Actually it isn't a phablet mode. It turns your mobile apps UI into PC one. You could go to Windows Store, and check any app and click on PC pictures as that's the one you should be getting with this new option. Currently there are some bugs and rotation is buggy with PC UI apps. Office apps are yet to support this feature and Calculator is a total mess. By the way, Microsoft removed Project Astoria in latest 10549 (news worthy?). @Win10 Mobile users: Guys you really should try this out. Go to: Settings ➡ Display ➡ Size of text, apps, ... Change it to 175% Reboot Settings ➡ Ease of Access ➡ More options ➡ Text scaling Try to find a suitable value (150% seems good).

19. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Thanks for the detailed steps Sp4mer. It actually looks pretty cool, even on my older Lumia 928! The smaller font and more compact elements are expected and nice, but the cool UI tricks like split view email are highly desirable!

18. xtplnet

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I personally hate it !! It hampers the user experience.Why do you want to run PC experience on mobile? I have to format my windows 930 and revert it back to windows 8.1. We surely need windows 10 on mobile but it should provide rich mobile experince and not tablets feel.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Just 4 screen shots? You couldn't post the new look of the sms, or email or calendar or other settings?!?!

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