How can you use your iPhone or iPad to more easily see the world around you? With the all-new magnifier!

The Magnifier is a visual accessibility feature that essentially turns your iPhone or iPad into a magnifying glass. That makes seeing everything from newspapers to menus, switch labels to instructions easier for anyone with low vision.

Note: The quality of the magnifier, including how closely it can focus on text and objects, will vary depending on the quality of the camera in your iPhone or iPad.

How to enable the Magnifier

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap Magnifier.
  5. Tap the switch next to Magnifier.

    Tap Magnifier, tap the switch next to Magnifier

Once enabled, just triple-press the Home button to start it up. You may have to choose Magnifier if you have multiple accessibility options enabled.

How to enable auto-brightness in the Magnifier

Auto-brightness adjusts your screen based on ambient light settings, which can help the camera focus better when close up.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Accessibility

  4. Tap Magnifier.
  5. Tap the switch next to Auto-Brightness.

    Tap Magnifier, tap the switch next to Auto-Brightness

How to zoom in with the Magnifier

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap, hold, and drag the slider to adjust the magnification. Move left to decrease magnification and right to increase.

    Triple-press the Home button, tap and drag the slider

How to turn on the flashlight in the Magnifier

Turning on the flashlight in Magnifier will not only help you see better, but it might even help your camera focus better on close-up objects.

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap the Flashlight button. It looks like a lightning bolt.

    Triple-press the Home button, tap the flashlight button

How to enable focus lock in the Magnifier

If you're too close to an object, you iPhone or iPad's camera might continually refocus, but if you tap the Focus Lock button, it'll maintain the focus you see on the screen.

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap the Focus Lock button. It looks like a padlock.

    Triple-press the Home button, tap the Focus Lock button

How to take a freeze frame in the Magnifier

The coolest Magnifier feature is the ability to take a freeze frame and to zoom in and out on a still image.

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap the Freeze Frame button in the bottom center of your screen. It's the same button you'd use to take a picture with the camera.
  3. Tap and drag the magnification slider back and forth to zoom in and out on the image.
  4. Tap the Freeze Frame button again to return to the live Magnifier.

    Tap the Freeze Frame button, tap and drag the slider to zoom in and out, tap the Freeze Frame button again

Taking a freeze frame doesn't save the image for you, so don't expect to be snapping any super close-up shots.

How to manually adjust the brightness and contrast in the Magnifier

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap the Filters button on the bottom right corner of your screen. It looks like three circles pushed together.
  3. Tap and drag the sliders from left to right until you reach your desired brightness and contrast.

    Tap the Filters button, tap and drag the sliders

How to change the filter in the Magnifier

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap the Filters button on the bottom right corner of your screen. It looks like three circles pushed together.
  3. Swipe left along the Filters to choose one. The options are:
    • None
    • White/blue
    • Yellow/blue
    • Grayscale
    • Yellow/black
    • Red/black
  4. Tap the filter you want to use.

    Tap the Filters button, swipe on the filter picker, tap the filter you want

How to invert colors and filters in the Magnifier

Depending on your needs, you can invert each filter so that the colors switch. So instead of it being yellow/blue, wherein dark colors appear yellow and light colors appear blue, you get the exact opposite.

  1. Triple-press the Home button to activate the Magnifier.
  2. Tap the Filters button on the bottom right corner of your screen. It looks like three circles pushed together.
  3. Tap the Invert Filters button in the bottom left corner of your screen. It's two curved arrows pointed toward boxes.

    Tap the Filters button, tap the Invert Filters button

Any questions?

That's every feature of the Magnifier explained. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below!