Sorry in advance, but how do you set the max resolution in Big Sur? I have a MBP 16 2019, the max resolution is supposed to be 3072 x 1920 but even with my secondary monitor disabled, I only get 2048x1280 max

do you need to use a third party app for that?

screen resolution

  • third party app seems to do the trick alright.
    – Kevin
    Jul 8, 2021 at 16:35
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    I'd change that "Extended Display" setting back to whatever the default is, and put it back to "Default for Display". Changing the Retina Scaling doesn't change the actual resolution.
    – benwiggy
    Jul 8, 2021 at 17:26

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I use Display Menu on my MacBook Pro to set a resolution that is higher than what is shown in: System Preferences > Displays

There is also displayplacer, which is a macOS command line utility to configure multi-display resolutions and arrangements.

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