The Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72 phones come with high refresh rate displays, with the vanilla A52 and A72 both having 90Hz screens, while the A52 5G and its A52s 5G counterpart both armed with 120Hz displays, but these phones are still missing out on some features, with one of them being variable refresh rate, or as Samsung loves to it, adaptive screen refresh rate.
So, what does this mean?
Simple, it means that the phone automatically calibrates or adjust the screen refresh rate to suit the content that is currently being displayed on it.
So, if you’re viewing a content or using an app that doesn’t require using the high refresh rate, like when watching a video, the phone automatically dials it down to a lower value, and vice versa, and this is specifically done in order to save battery life on the phone.
The feature first debuted with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra phone back in 2020, we saw it again on this year’s flagship Galaxy S21 series, but, it hasn’t been used on any Samsung Galaxy mid-range phone.
So, today, I’m gonna show you how to get something that works very quite similar to it on your Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72 smartphones, using Bixby routines.
And, do take note that what I’m about to show is not strictly how to get “adaptive” screen refresh rate on your Samsung Galaxy phone, because to do so, your phone has to be equipped with the right type of hardware, which is the LTPO display panels that come with the Note20 Ultra and S21 phones.
But, with these steps, we can ask Bixby routines on our Samsung phones to dial up or dial down the screen refresh rate between 60, 90, and 120Hz depending on some given conditions, like when using some specific apps, when the phones battery is low, when playing games, etc.
So, you’re ready?
Well then, let’s get started. #enjoy.
How to enable variable or adaptive screen refresh rate on Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72 smartphones, using Bixby Routines.
First thing first, we have to decide the refresh rate which our phone should default to during normal usage, and in this case, we want to keep it at 90Hz for the vanilla A52 and A72, or 120Hz for the A52 5G, and A52s 5G.
- Go to phone settings >> Display >> Motion smoothness, and set it to “High“.
After that, and while still in your phone’s main settings menu, go to “Advanced features“, and from there, select the option that says “Bixby Routines“. Make sure you turn on the toggle in front of it.
Galaxy A52/A72 adaptive refresh rate – Step Two
When you tap on Bixby Routines, you should have a new page that looks this way.
Tap on the option that says “Add routine” at the bottom of your phone’s screen, and you should have a new page that looks this way.
From here, you can see that the page is divided into two parts, the “If” part, and the “Then” part. “If” lets you give a condition to Bixby, while “Then” tells it what to do when those conditions are met.
So, you can say something like, if a particular app is opened, then screen refresh rate should be set at low, or high, or if phone’s battery is at a particular percentage, then do this, or do that.
Below are some of my own personal routines given to Bixby Routines to automatically carry out if the conditions are met.
So, you see, there are lots of tasks that you can assign to Bixby routines to carry out for you when the right conditions are met, and they are not only limited to just apps and screen refresh rates.
You can give conditions and assign tasks to them based on time of the day, based on place, based on Wi-Fi connection, Sound mode, charging status, etc.
But, for the sake of what this tutorial is all about, we are just gonna be working based on apps opened, battery level, and charging status.
Tap on the “If” option, and a new page with a list of options will be opened to you, from this page, scroll down towards the bottom of it until you come across the option that says “App opened“.
Tap on it, and once again, a new page that contains a list of all the apps, both third-party and factory-installed apps on your phone will be shown to you.
And from there, since we have initially set the default refresh rate option on our Galaxy A52 and A72 phones to “High”, then we should only select the apps that we want them to run in the lower refresh rate level, 60Hz, from this page.
So, apps such as YouTube, cause videos doesn’t need to be watched in high refresh rates, you can also select any other apps you use in watching videos on your phone, such as VLC media player, etc.
Google Maps doesn’t need to be used in high refresh rates too, so select that, calculator apps, the Camera app, Calendar app, and every other app that you don’t want to utilise the high refresh rate feature of your phone.
When you’re done selecting the apps, tap on the “Done” button at the bottom of your phone’s screen, then tap on the “Then” option to assign a task to be completed when the given condition is met.
So, from the “Then” page, tap on the “Display” option, go to “Motion smoothness“, and set it to “Standard“. Remember that our default refresh rate is set to high, so, these apps should revert to the standard refresh rate, which is 60Hz, whenever they’re opened.
When you’ve done that, tap “Done” at the bottom of your phone screen, still go ahead and tap “Next“, still at the bottom of your phone’s screen.
On the next page, you’ll be required to give a name, color, and icon to your newly created routine, do that quickly, and tap “Done” for the last time, and that is all.
So, with your phone screen running at 90 or 120Hz as its native refresh rate, whenever you open any of those apps you selected for 60Hz, the screen will automatically dial back to 60Hz without requiring you to do anything, an when you close them, it goes back to the high state.
Galaxy A52/A72 variable refresh rate- Step Four
So, you can follow this process and add other conditions and tasks to the Bixby routine. For instance, I added a routine that says “If, my phone’s battery percent is below 51% and it’s not charging, the screen refresh rate should be set to 60Hz”.
So, whether your default screen refresh rate is set to “High” or not, once the phone’s battery gets to half-full, the screen will dial back to the Standard refresh rate to save the remaining battery, and whenever you charge up your phone, it goes back to its default state.
Another routine I’ll like us to add is the one for games. So it should be that whenever we’re playing games on the phone, the screen refresh rate should be set to “High”, because that is the ideal refresh rate to be used while gaming.
And, to do this, kindly follow the following steps.
- Go to “Add routine“, and from the “If” section, scroll down, and select the option that says “Game is being played“.
- From the “Then” section, go to “Display“, “Motion smoothness“, and set it to “High“.
With this, games on your phone will always run on a high refresh rate, and when you’re not gaming, the screen will go back to its default state, whether Standard or High, depending on what your choice is.
And, that brings us to the end of this very lengthy tutorial session, that is basically how you get to enable a variable or adaptive screen refresh rate handling on your Samsung Galaxy A52, A52 5G, A52s 5G, and the Galaxy A72 smartphones, using Bixby routines.
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