How to get the Android device screen size from the adb command line?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I need a way to detect device screen size and density with adb.
If there is no solution, where can I get the complete list of all existing android device with their screen size and density ?

How to solve:

You can also access the WindowManager through ADB:

$ adb shell wm
usage: wm [subcommand] [options]
       wm size [reset|WxH]
       wm density [reset|DENSITY]
       wm overscan [reset|LEFT,TOP,RIGHT,BOTTOM]

The following command will give you the density:

$ adb shell wm density
Physical density: 320

You can also override the density by adding the new density:

$ adb shell wm density 160


LCD density is in the build.prop:

adb shell getprop ro.sf.lcd_density

And the resolution is availble in the dumpsys of the input activity:

# windows
adb shell dumpsys window | find "DisplayWidth"
# linux
adb shell dumpsys window | grep DisplayWidth

It works on all the devices I’ve tested with (2.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 4.0.3; Acer Liquid E, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Incredible S, Motorola Atrix 4G, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Nexus), as well as the emulator, although the emulator’s outputs are too clean to serve as a good example for parsing.


dumpsys window displays

shows something like this:

Display: mDisplayId=0
  init=1080x1920 480dpi cur=1080x1920 app=1080x1920 rng=1080x1005-1920x1845

another way:

dumpsys display

also shows some interesting stuff like:

mDefaultViewport=DisplayViewport{valid=true, displayId=0, orientation=0, logicalFrame=Rect(0, 0 - 1080, 1920), physicalFrame=Rect(0, 0 - 1080, 1920), deviceWidth=1080, deviceHeight=1920}

and last but not least:

dumpsys power

will display something like

Electron Beam State:

that you could easily use to grep for mDisplayWidth and mDisplayHeight


To get required info from ADB, the following command executed from the command line will return a lot of useful properties about the connected devices

> adb shell getprop

To filter through these properties

on Unix use grep like

> adb shell getprop | grep density

on Windows use find like

> adb shell getprop | findstr "density"

Returned value looks like

[ro.sf.lcd_density]: [240]

for screen size put display instead of density


Work is Good:

dumpsys window | grep Display

return: Display: init=320×480 cur=320×480 app=320×480 rng=320×295-480×455


You can get screen dimensions with this code:

public int getScreenHeight() {
    return getDisplay().getHeight();

private Display getDisplay() {
    return ((WindowManager) getContext().getSystemService(

public int getScreenWidth() {
    return getDisplay().getWidth();

Once you have the Display in the code above you can use DisplayMetrics to get the density. DisplayMetrics will also give you absolute display with and height.


ANDROID:/ # dumpsys window | grep  mGlobalConfiguration                                                                                                                                                
mGlobalConfiguration={1.0 ?mcc?mnc [en_US] ldltr sw720dp w1920dp h532dp 160dpi

So resolution is 1920×720


If you need to get the current status of range of Android device available in the market with it Screen Sizes and Densities Click here

This data is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Android Market within a 7-day period ending on the data collection date


Look at the output of adb shell dumpsys. The screen size shows up there several times, along with lots of other information.

… although now I’m in the office, while it works on my phone, it’s absent from the Galaxy tablet. Darn.

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