While Android flagships have been using 120Hz refresh rate displays for a few years, Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro series has just started the race for high refresh rate displays. The latest iPhone 13 Pro models have 120Hz ProMotion displays.
The iPhone 13 Pro series uses an LTPO OLED display and it can automatically adjust the refresh rate as low as 10Hz and as high as 120Hz when required. When you’re in an in-game menu or reading an e-book, the iPhone 13 Pro’s display will reduce its refresh rate to 10-30Hz to conserve battery life. While playing games or browsing the web, it goes as high as 120Hz to allow for smoother scrolling. The flexible scrolling experience may not be necessary for some users, and it will also affect the overall battery life.
If for some reason, such as saving battery life, you want to go back to the active 60Hz refresh rate, follow the steps below to disable ProMotion on your iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Step 1: Into the Setting > Accessibility > Move.
Step 2: Turn any of the following controls on or off:
- Reduce movement: Reduced UI movement, including the effects of icons.
- Spontaneous message effects: Allow the Messages app to automatically play full-screen effects. If you disable this setting, you can still manually play the effects by tapping Replay below the message bubble.
- Autoplay preview video: Allow apps like the App Store to automatically play preview videos.
- Limit frame rate: Limit the maximum frame rate of the screen to 60 fps (on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max).
The good thing is that the machine will limit to a 60Hz refresh rate, and the screen will still automatically drop to as low as 10Hz when required so you won’t lose this feature.
Turning off ProMotion will set the iPhone 13 Pro’s screen refresh rate to 60Hz for all apps, so you can get the best battery life possible.