How To Increase Pixel 2 Always On Display Brightness – No Root Required


Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the first smartphones, by Google, to feature the Always on Display. Samsung and other big manufacturers have had this feature for quite a while now. Anyhow, Google just decided to introduce it in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Always on Display currently shows the time, date, alarm, notification icons, and the currently playing background song via Now Playing. Most of the times we see guides on how to customize Always on Display to show different types of information. But today, we are here with a solution to your problem with the brightness of Always on Display on Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. In this Android Tutorial, we will tell how to increase Pixel 2 Always On Display brightness. No root is required, you can easily increase Pixel 2 Always On Display Brightness.

The primary purpose of AOD is to provide vital information at a glance. For example, if you just need to see the time, with AOD you won’t have to turn on the screen. However, in some lighting conditions, AOD can seem too dim to actually be readable. In Google Pixel 2, AOD is attached with the Adaptive Brightness, which means the brightness of your AOD can vary from 2 to a maximum of 28 depending on the amount ambient light. The maximum integer value for Pixel 2 Adaptive Brightness is 255. And the maximum brightness that AOD can ever gain cannot exceed 11% of 255, which amounts to 28. The level of brightness of AOD at 11%, is just not enough. People are finding ways to push it to the level where they can read whatever is presented on AOD.

Increase Pixel 2 Always On Display Brightness

Therefore, if you are looking to increase Pixel 2 Always On Display Brightness then you are in the right place. You just need to pass a simple ADB command in order to set the value of brightness of AOD according to your comfort level. Play with different numbers, unless you reach the perfect level of brightness for your eyes.

Note: This guide will only work Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL devices which have Android 8.1 Oreo.

How to Increase Pixel 2 Always On Display Brightness

  • Setup and Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers on Your PC.
  • Go to the directory where you have Fastboot and ADB on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
  • Enter a command in the following format: adb shell settings put globalalways_on_display_constants “screen_brightness_array=-1:0:1:2:3”
  • Replace the “0:1:2:3” from the above command with any set of 4 numbers from 0 to 255 (such as “2:25:100:250”). Leave the “-1” in place.

That’s it! This is how you can increase Pixel 2 Always on Display Brightness. However, for your convenience, below is the table which shows what each number in the array represent.

1st Number: Night Condition
2nd Number: Low Light Condition
3rd Number: High Light Condition
4th Number: Sunlight