Conan Troutman · Feb 2, 2013 at 08:00 pm

Custom DPI without Upsetting Google Play

If you’ve ever altered the DPI value of your device in an attempt to gain some more valuable screen real estate, you’ve no doubt noticed the most unfortunate side effect of this tweak. It causes some apps to become unavailable from the Play Store, either being labelled as not compatible with your device or simply not showing up at all.

There are a few ways to get around this such as returning to the stock DPI value, side loading applications, or installing a modified Play Store/Google services framework APK. These however, can be tedious to do on a regular basis. XDA Senior Member hamsteyr has come up with an alternative solution, in the form of a Windows based tool that should make correcting this issue just a little bit less of a chore.

Google Play DPI Fix Tool is a straight forward, few-clicks solution that will allow you to simply connect your device to a PC and then specify a custom DPI value for the device itself and the Play Store, thereby ensuring that all apps are available and compatible with your device. The great thing about this tool is that it is not reliant on existing modified files, but it takes the relevant APK files directly from your device and modifies them automatically before pushing them back. Tested on Android versions 2.3 through 4.2.1, this should be compatible with the vast majority of devices in the wild. There are a few prerequisites such as the file names of the Play Store APK and the installation of a few things you probably already have installed such as ADB drivers and JRE.

If you’re a fan of using a custom DPI and would like to try this out, check out the application thread.


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Conan Troutman is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Senior Moderator, Newswriter, Recovering Meme Addict. View Conan Troutman's posts and articles here.
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