Refresh rate options on your Galaxy phone

The Netflix app displayed on an S20 with a selection of shows

“Refresh rate” is normally a term you hear with high-performance gaming monitors. But did you know your phone has a refresh rate too? While previous Galaxy phones had a refresh rate of 60 Hz, newer models, including the S20, S21, Note20 Ultra, and A52 5G, have the ability to go up to 120 Hz! That means smoother navigation as well as improved gaming and entertainment, though keep in mind battery life may be affected.

Note: Only select models can use the 120 Hz refresh rate.

What is a refresh rate and why is it important?

A refresh rate is the number of times a display can update its image in 1 second. Usually, the refresh rate is expressed in Hertz (e.g. 60 Hz). The higher the Hertz or refresh rate (like 120 Hz), the faster the screen responds and refreshes. This means using your phone will be more fluid.

If you are a mobile gamer, a higher refresh rate means your games will have less lag and stuttering. There will be smoother animation, even if you’re playing online. On top of this, movies and videos with a lot of motion will look more realistic.

S20 displaying a mobile car racing game

Adjust the refresh rate

When it’s time to dive into your favorite first person shooter or binge watch your favorite show, you can adjust your phone's refresh rate to get the absolute best experience.

  1. From Settings, search for and select Motion smoothness.

  2. Tap Motion smoothness again, and then choose your desired option.

    • Standard refresh rate - A 60 Hz refresh rate. Use this if you want to save your battery life.

    • High refresh rate or Adaptive - A 120 Hz refresh rate, which will have all the benefits we discussed.

Note: 120 Hz refresh rate is not supported on WQHD+ resolution or when Power saving mode is enabled. If you switch to this resolution, the refresh rate will drop to 60 Hz.

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