How to Use the Zoom Feature on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.

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Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.

It defaults to 5x magnification but can be set from 1x to 15x, depending on your preference and needs. You can pair it with Voice Over for further assistance to those with visual impairments.

Let us explore how to setup and use this feature.

This is for iPhone or iPad running iOS 14+

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Setup Zoom Settings

To enable the feature, go to

 Settings > Accessibility > Zoom

and toggle On the switch for Zoom. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Zoom feature

A small window pops up that zooms in on the portion of the screen on which the window is resting. You can move the Zoom window by dragging the small bar that appears in the middle bottom of the window. You can also swipe up and down on the screen to change which section is zoomed in. (Note! We are unable to capture the screen while in Zoom.)

Turning on the Follow Focus button moves the Zoom window to the text you are typing and will follow along as you type. Turning on Smart Typing moves the Zoom window when a keyboard pops up so that the text is zoomed in but the keyboard is not. See below image:

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Two Zoom options

More Zoom Settings

On the Zoom settings, you can toggle Keyboard Shortcuts, Zoom Controller, Zoom Region, and Zoom Filter. Each switch has an associated menu of features to choose. At the bottom of the Zoom settings, you may adjust the Maximum Zoom Level (the default is 5x). See following image:

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More Zoom options

The Keyboard Shortcuts is a list of shortcuts to use on your keyboard for various Zoom features. Refer to below image:

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Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts

Setup Zoom Controller

Show Controller displays a round on-screen controller that you can use to move the Zoom window around the screen. Tap the controller to display a menu with options to zoom in/out, choose the region, resize the lens, choose a filter, or hide/show the controller. See below image:

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Zoom Controller options

You can zoom in or out with the first menu option. Choosing Region lets you choose a Full Screen Zoom or a Window Zoom.

Full-Screen Zoom makes the Zoom window disappear, while the entire screen is zoomed in instead. With Window Zoom, you use the Zoom window to zoom in on a small section of the screen as you move it around. See followimg image:

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Zoom window options

Resize Lens feature allows you to resize the Zoom area you are viewing by grabbing and dragging on its handles. Refer to below image:

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Resize Lens option

The option to Choose Filter applies a specific color filter to the Zoom window in an attempt to make the text easier to read. See below image:

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Zoom filter options

iPhone/iPad Tapping Shortcuts

Once you have 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 display.
  • Tap and hold the anchor to drag the magnifying glass up and down the screen.

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