Daily tip: How to use the zoom accessibility mode for iPhone/iPad

Have trouble making out the small icons and tiny text on iPhone or iPad and curious how you can zoom in for a better view? We've previously told you about 2 of iOS's accessibility features and how you can use them, like reading White text on Black and using VoiceOver to read your messages and audiobooks. After the break, I'll be showing you how you can zoom your iPhone or iPad screen as well.

If you find it difficult to see the screen on your iPhone or iPad or if you want to focus on a particular area of the screen then you can use the built in zooming functionality.

To Enable Zooming

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Accessibility
  4. Tap Zoom
  5. Turn Zoom to 'On'

To Use The Zoom

  • Double Tap your screen with 3 fingers
    • Scroll Up To Zoom In
    • Scroll Down To Zoom Out

To Move Around The Screen While Zoomed In

  • Scroll around the screen with three fingers
  • Drag one finger to the edges of the screen.

There is an additional setting to turn your accessibility features on and off using the home button.

To Turn Zoom On and Off using the Home Button

  • Be sure that accessibility options, 'Triple Click Home' is set to 'Ask'
  • Triple click the home button to bring up your options. From this menu, you can also turn on "White on Black" and "VoiceOver".

Do you find this tip helpful and will you be using it? Let us know by commenting.

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George Lim

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