Adaptive Quality and Display Scaling

Adaptive Quality

Adaptive Quality dramatically increases performance without compromising image quality. Adaptive Quality is similar to the Progressive JPEG image file format, in which data is compressed in multiple passes of progressively higher detail. In Screens, the result is a much more responsive interface. This feature is only available with Macs and can be enabled in the app settings under More Settings.

OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard users should note that Adaptive Quality doesn't perform well on this platform. Enable the Scaling feature instead when connecting to Snow Leopard machines.

Scaling Mode

When this setting is enabled, Screens requests that the Screen Sharing server on the remote Mac send a scaled-down (50%) version of your Desktop. This is particularly useful when your Mac has several displays attached or when a 5K iMac is part of your scenario.


You can configure these settings to what suits you best:

  • Always on
  • Only when connecting remotely
  • Never

You will find both features in the app settings:

Screens for macOS

Open the Preferences window and click on Macintosh:


Screens for iOS

Open the app settings (gear icon) and go to More Settings:


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