Optically driven liquid crystal displays (ODLCDs) realizes their display function by tuning the easy axis of liquid crystal (LC) molecules under polarized blue light, which has been utilized in some optical devices due to its advantages of ultra-low power consumption. However, a big issue arises in response time, i.e., the rewriting time of the ODLCD. The rewriting time of ODLCD samples was studied. Rotational viscosity plays a very important role for decreasing the rewriting time of the ODLCD. The operating temperature was changed from room temperature to nearly clearing point, the rewriting time decreased a lot as the rotational viscosity decreased for the five different kinds of the LCs. The rewriting time can be decreased from 5.2 s to 0.2 s around 25 times for the LC N4. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.