How to use zoom for visual accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

How to use zoom for visual accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

If you have a visual impairment that makes it difficult for you to read text or see icons on your iPhone or iPad, the zoom feature is a great accessibility option that allows you to magnify text and even your Home screen, but only when you need to. While larger and bolder text helps, enabling zoom adds even more flexibility on the fly. All you've got to do is enable it first!

How to enable zoom for better visual accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Under the Vision section, tap on Zoom.
  5. Turn the Zoom option On.

Once you've got Zoom enabled, you can use it on the fly. Here's how to use it:

  • Double tap with three fingers anywhere on the screen to enable and disable zoom. You can do this from pretty much anywhere.
  • Drag three fingers around the screen to pan around and move to another area of the screen.
  • Use one or two fingers to scroll in the particular section that is on the screen.

That's it! You're good to go! If you ever decide you don't like zoom enabled, you can easily disable it by hopping back into the Settings app again.

Note: Originally posted April 2013. Updated July 2014.

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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It should work depending on which os you are using, in earlier version you could not use voice over and zoom at the same time, I am not for sure but I think all versions had some zoom capability check my post below for a little further use.

This is great for people like my dad who have poor eyesight; however, he gets by by dramatically increasing the font size. If I recall, this doesn't work with Safari or other browsers, so I might show this to my dad anyways.

on the second tap with three finger slide up to enlarge and slide down to decrease zoom. Wherever you have zoomed out with the three finger double tap and slide is where the next double tap will zoom to.