How to Use a Magnifier on iPhone and iPad?

Sometimes, we struggle to read smaller texts on our iPhones or iPads. Since they are so small, we cannot read them, and that’s where magnifying tools come in handy. While we do not have the magnifying tool available on the go, our iPhones or iPads can still be used as a magnifying tool. 

A Magnifier on iPhone or iPad is an accessibility feature that helps in reading smaller texts or viewing something very closely by zooming, making the small texts easier to read, especially when you have some difficulty seeing smaller fonts. You can seamlessly read small texts by quickly transforming your iPhone or iPad into a magnifying glass. 

This magnifier feature is centrally aimed at the person with low visual capacity. It cannot read small texts often seen on medicine box labels, newspapers, signboards, books, hotel menus, other documents, and more. In this article, you will learn how to use the Magnifier on your iPhone or iPad. 

How to Turn on Magnifier on an iPhone or iPad?

To use the Magnifier tool on your iPhone or iPad and make the most out of it, the first step you need to follow is to turn on the Magnifier feature on your iPhone or iPad. To do here are the steps mentioned below:

There are three ways to turn on Magnifier on an iPhone or iPad:

Method 1: Open the Magnifier app

  1. Find the Magnifier app on your Home Screen. If you can’t find it, swipe down on the Home Screen and search for “Magnifier.”
  2. Tap the Magnifier app icon to open it.
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Method 2: Use an Accessibility Shortcut

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut.

2. Select Magnifier from the list of options.

3. Now you can turn on Magnifier by triple-clicking the Side button (on iPhone) or the Home button (on iPad).

Method 3: Add Magnifier to Control Center

  1. Go to Settings > Control Center.
  2. Scroll down and tap the “+” icon next to Magnifier.
  3. Magnifier will now be added to your Control Center. To open it, swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen and tap the Magnifier icon.

Additional tips:

  • Once Magnifier is open, you can zoom in or out by pinching or spreading your fingers on the screen.
  • You can also use your finger to move the magnified view around the screen.
  • To turn off Magnifier, tap the “X” in the top-left corner of the scree

How do you use an iPhone or iPad as a magnifying tool, or how can you use a magnifier on your iPhone or iPad?

Once you have enabled the Magnifier on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily use your iPhone or iPad as your magnifying tool for reading small texts or need to see something closer. Here is how to do that:

  • Open the Magnifier using its icon, Control Center, or Accessibility Shortcut.
  • Now point your iPhone camera to the object whose small texts you wish to magnify.
  • At the bottom, drag the slider to the right to Zoom (magnify) the object or text.


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