Make Colors on the Pixel 2 XL Look Amazing

March 25, 2018

The P-OLED screen in the Pixel 2 XL looks good but not as good as what you'd expect from an OLED-type display.  Here's how to fix that.  Believe it or not, a quick settings change will make your phone's display look beautiful!

This article is based off of a forum post on XDA written by showlyshah. All credit goes to showlyshah and the XDA community. Thank you!


  • For this specific guide, we'll be using ADB so make sure you have it installed (download Platform-Tools package here).  You can also use a terminal emulator on your phone but we're not covering that at this time.
  • Must be rooted
  • USB debugging must be enabled


  1. Connect your Pixel 2 XL to your computer over USB
  2. In a command prompt (Windows) or terminal (*nix, macOS), run:
    adb shell
  3. Become root:
    taimen> su
  4. Copy build.prop to your internal storage:
    taimen> cp /system/vendor/build.prop /sdcard/build.prop
  5. Open /sdcard/build.prop for editing:
    taimen> vi /sdcard/build.prop
  6. Replace persist.sys.sf.color_saturation=1.1 with persist.sys.sf.color_saturation=1.5
  7. Mount /vendor as read/write:
    taimen> mount -o rw,remount /vendor
  8. Copy your new build.prop back to /system/vendor:
    taimen> cp /sdcard/build.prop /system/vendor/build.prop
  9. Reboot your phone

Once the phone has booted, you should see an extreme difference in quality.  Colors will appear much more vibrant.

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