How to use the Magnifier feature on your iPhone to make signs and other text around you easier to read

It's easy to activate and use the Magnifier on an iPhone.

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It’s easy to activate and use the Magnifier on an iPhone.
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There may come a time when you find that your close surroundings are increasingly difficult to decipher – and reading glasses alone simply don’t do the trick.

But unless you like to dress up as Sherlock Holmes, you probably don’t carry around a magnifying glass.

Fortunately, there’s a digital fix that you likely do carry: your iPhone’s Magnifier feature.

By enabling the Magnifier tool in your iPhone’s accessibility settings, you can zoom in on and magnify your surroundings by pointing your iPhone’s camera.

Here’s how to turn on the Magnifier in your iPhone’s Accessibility settings.

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How to use Magnifier on an iPhone

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app.

2. Scroll down to “Accessibility” and tap it to open it.

The Magnifier is an Accessibility tool.

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The Magnifier is an Accessibility tool.
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3. Tap “Magnifier.” It’s in the first group of options.

The Magnifier is classified as a

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The Magnifier is classified as a “Vision” tool, so it’s under that heading.
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4. Enable Magnifier by tapping the toggle switch next to it.

Turning on the Magnifier is simple, so you can easily summon the tool as needed.

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Turning on the Magnifier is simple, so you can easily summon the tool as needed.
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5. Now that the feature is enabled, you can click your iPhone’s side button (iPhone X and later) or home button (iPhone 8 and earlier) three times to launch the Magnifier.

The Magnifier has a number of different options to help you see.

  • You can use the slider to zoom in and out.
  • Tap the lightning bolt icon on the left to turn on your flashlight.
  • The lock icon will keep the camera focused, and stop it from auto-focusing.
  • Tapping the large white button in the center will take a temporary photo, and freeze the image on your screen. Tap this button again to get rid of the freeze-frame.
  • Tap the three overlapping circles to add a filter to your camera, or adjust the brightness and saturation.

The Magnifier in action, enlarging text from on a laptop screen.

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The Magnifier in action, enlarging text from on a laptop screen.
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