A Complete Guide to Using Zoom on iPhone or iPad

If you are having a hard time seeing the contents of your iPhone, you can zoom in on the entire screen or specific parts of it. This will make text, icons, and other items on the screen larger, making them easier to see.

So, if you have poor eyesight due to medical conditions, old age, or any other reason, using the Zoom accessibility feature on your iPhone and iPad should help you. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to use it.

How to enable screen magnification on iPhone or iPad

Here are the steps for enlarging the contents of the iPhone or iPad screen:

  1. Open Settings and press Accessibility.

  2. handle Zoom and play key Zoom. The device screen will be enlarged instantly.

After enabling Zoom, you can Double tap with three fingers to turn it off and on again. Doing so will enlarge and reduce the screen. Additionally, you can set the accessibility shortcut to triple-press the side button or the home button to zoom in and out — we’ll show you how to set that below.

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When your iPhone or iPad screen is maximized, you can swipe with one finger as you normally would.

However, to move around the enlarged section of the screen, Use three fingers to swipe in any direction. Or you can use the controller to zoom in on the screen.

How to use Zoom Controller on iPhone and iPad

Pulling with three fingers may be uncomfortable for some. To remedy this, you can use the Zoom Controller feature, which adds a virtual button to the iPhone or iPad screen to move around the magnified screen. It also lets you easily turn off Zoom and provides quick access to additional settings.

Here’s how to access it:

  1. go to the Settings and press Accessibility.

  2. handle Zoom > Zoom Controller.

  3. Maybe View Monitor.

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You will see a gray virtual joystick-like button appear on the screen. Drag it to move.

In addition, you can also customize files one clickAnd double click, And triple pressure Controls as desired. Or change the appearance of the console with a file the color And idle opacity and options.

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Follow focus and smart typing with Zoom

Follow Focus allows you to keep track of what you select or type. When you type with Follow Focus enabled, the screen will move to the text area every time you enter text. You will have to go to the on-screen keyboard again to type the next letter.

To mitigate this, you can enable smart typing. Then, when the on-screen keyboard appears for typing, it will switch to maximize window. As a result, text and other elements are enlarged, but the keyboard remains at its normal size, making it easier to type and see what you are typing at the same time.

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Other Zoom Settings for iPhone and iPad

Apple includes several other controls and tweaks you might want to look at when using Zoom with your iPhone or iPad:

  • Keyboard shortcuts: If you have an external keyboard connected to your iPad or iPhone, you can control Zoom using shortcuts.
  • Zoom filter: As the name suggests, this changes the appearance of the screen when zoomed in. You can try inverted, grayscale, inverted grayscale, or low light and use the most comfortable screen. Choose Nobody No filters.
  • Maximum zoom level: Drag the slider to set the zoom level between 1.2x (minimum) and 15x (maximum).
  • Zoom area: When “Enlarge full screen” is selected, the entire screen is enlarged. However, with Window Maximization, only the selected portion of the screen within the window is maximized. You can drag this window by placing one finger on its edges and moving it around. You can even resize this window by clicking Change the size of the lens in the zoom list. If you don’t see it, tap Choose Region and choose maximize window.

How to quickly see and use the zoom menu

After enabling zoom from settings, Triple tap on the screen with three fingers To see the zoom list. Appears regardless of whether the screen has already been enlarged. Zoom menu gives you options for Zoom or zoom outAnd Choose RegionAnd Change the size of the lensAnd Choose FilterAnd View Monitor, also provides a slider for Zoom level.

Zoom menu options on iPhone

How to quickly adjust zoom on iPhone and iPad

This is one of the best gestures to instantly enlarge and normalize the contents of the iPhone screen. to do this, double click iPhone or iPad screen with three fingers And immediately, without lifting your fingers, Slide up or down to zoom in or out. It takes a few tries to get used to but makes zooming in or out convenient and fast.

Additionally, you can Tap three times with three fingers And use the slider from Zoom Menu as mentioned above.

How to add zoom in/out to accessibility shortcut

If you often use zoom or other accessibility features a lot, you can add it to your accessibility shortcut for easy access. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings and press Accessibility.

  2. From the bottom, tap access shortcut.

  3. Maybe Zoom If not already.

  4. You can also use a file lines To rearrange the position of selected shortcuts.

  5. to use, Triple click on the side button On an iPhone with Face ID. And on other models, Triple click the home button. Now, press Zoom To enable or disable it.

Please note that if you set only one feature in the above steps, triple clicking the side button or the main button will not bring up any menu, but instead will enable or disable that feature immediately.

If you have difficulty quickly pressing the side button or the main button, you can slow down to the desired speed. To do this, go to Settings > Accessibility > side button or Home button and choose slow or slower.

How to turn off Zoom on iPhone or iPad

If you no longer need this feature, or you somehow enabled it by mistake and now want to turn it off, here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to iPhone Settings > Accessibility.

  2. handle Zoom and turn off the switch to Zoom.

Now, if your screen is already maximized, it will be difficult to move around the screen. So, remember to swipe with three fingers.

In rare cases, if the device is stuck or frozen, and you can’t move around, try to force restart your iPhone or iPad.

You can also use your Mac or PC to turn off Zoom. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer using an appropriate cable.

  2. On Macs with macOS Catalina or later, open discoverer. On a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, or on a Windows PC, open Itunes.

  3. Locate your device within Finder or iTunes.

  4. from general tab, click Accessibility Configuration, deselect Zoom, and click Yes. Immediately, your iPhone or iPad screen will return to normal.

Turn off iPhone Zoom with Mac

Use your iPhone or iPad comfortably with the zoom feature

Now, you know almost everything about this useful feature. You can use Zoom to comfortably see and interact with your iPhone or iPad screen, no matter how small the text is or how weak the buttons are.

In addition to Zoom, iPhone and iPad devices have many other useful accessibility options that can help you use the device to the fullest.


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