How to enable ‘Saturated’ mode on your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL display

Since Google launched its Pixel 2 handsets on October 5th, there have been numerous complaints about the larger Pixel 2 XL‘s display, from issues with image retention and image burning on the phone’s OLED screen to users not being happy with the panels muted colors. Google posted some UI changes in the November Security patch to mitigate the first two issues, but what about the display and its dull representation of colors? Well, Google has also addressed this as well, and now there is an option in Settings to make the colors pop a little more. Join us after the break to find out how you can get additional color saturation on your Pixel 2 XL.

Before the November Security patch, users simply had the options Balanced and Vibrant in the display settings to change the color profile ever so slightly. Since the patch and the roll-out of Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 OTA, we can now choose from Natural, Boosted, and Saturated. To change the color profile of your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, you’ll need to do the following:

Navigate to Settings on your phone and tap on Display.

Tap on Advanced to make the full menu available and tap on Colors.

Now you have the choice to choose between Natural, Boosted or Saturated. Natural is the display’s default setting, Boosted increases saturation by around 10%, the difference is barely noticeable. If you choose the Saturated mode, colors definitely have added pop, which is great if you are used to Samsung’s over-saturated AMOLED displays. 

Let us know in the comments below which color profile you ended up choosing and the reasoning behind your choice. Don’t forget to check out other tips and tricks for your brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets.


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).


  • Ultras1986

    i came from galaxy note 3, so boosted seems just fine for me.