In this guide, learn how to force 90Hz refresh rate on Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 all the time. The Google Pixel 4 duo comes with a stunning and smooth dispaly with 90Hz refresh rate. But the sad thing is that the Google Pixel 4 falls back to 60Hz in a bunch of situations which makes it annoying. If you are looking to enjoy the 90Hz refresh rate smoothness on your Pixel 4, there is a way built right into the device settings. But the settings are hidden away, buried under developer options; let’s see how to force 90Hz refresh rate on Google Pixel 4.
Force 90Hz Refresh Rate on Google Pixel 4 (Always On)
- Open Settings > Phone Information.
- Scroll down to Building Number and keep tapping on it until the ‘Developer options’ setting is enabled.
- Now go to Settings > System> Advanced > Developer Options.
- Scroll down to Debug and the second last setting Force the 90Hz refresh rate.
- Press Force refresh rate at 90Hz and press the dial to activate it.
Done. Now your Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL should always be running at 90Hz without constantly falling back to 60Hz.
90Hz Refresh Rate and Battery Life
By now you would have come to know that the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL come with terrible battery life. The 90Hz refresh rate will consume more battery than the 60Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 4 switches between 60Hz and 90Hz from time to time to consume less power. For example, let us say that you are reading text messages and in that particular situation, you would not need 90Hz smoothness. And it makes sense that Google has decided to switch back and forth between 60Hz and 90Hz based on user activity.
That said if you really want 90Hz refresh rate all the time on your Pixel 4, there will definitely be some noticeable impact on your battery life.