How to make icons and text larger with Display Zoom for iPhone

Updated March 2017: Added gif display of Display Zoom and added information for iOS 10.

Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone models have big, beautiful Retina HD displays that space out your icons with a crisp, beautiful layout — but sometimes, that large layout can be too much on aging eyes. Good news: Apple's Display Zoom feature, found in your Display & Brightness settings, can reduce that space and make icons and text bigger on your Home screen.

It's as simple as tapping a few buttons! Here's how you go about it.

Note: If you're using an iPhone Plus model, Display Zoom will disable Landscape mode — you'll only be able to view and use your apps in Portrait mode.

How to turn on Display Zoom's Zoomed mode

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap View under the Display Zoom setting.

  1. Tap Zoomed to switch from the default setting of Standard. You can swipe between previews of this mode to see how it will change your navigational experience.
  2. Tap Set in the upper right corner.

  1. Tap Use Zoomed to restart your iPhone into Zoomed mode.

How to return to Display Zoom's Standard mode

Icons too big in Zoomed mode? You can return to Standard mode at any time by following the same steps.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap View under the Display Zoom setting.

  1. Tap Standard to switch from Zoomed. You can swipe between previews of this mode to see how it will change your navigational experience.
  2. Tap Set in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Use Standard to restart your iPhone into Zoomed mode.

Questions?

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Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

1 Comment
  • I use zoom not only because my aging eyes prefer it but on the plus it makes the keyboard so much bigger. Swype is a dream to use.