How to Enable the Magnifier Accessibility Feature for iOS Devices

Magnifier is an accessibility feature that is built-in free into all iOS devices including iPhones and iPads. It essentially turns an iPhone or iPad into a magnifying glass that can zoom in and out on both near and far objects. It also provides the ability to take pictures of zoomed-in objects, change color contrast, and add illumination. This is a very versatile feature that can be implemented in many different scenarios.

In this article I will be demonstrating how to access the magnifier on an iPhone X or newer, however the process is very similar for older iPhones and iPads. In future articles I will be covering different features of the magnifier. And how to incorporate the magnifier for orientation and mobility purposes for people who are visually impaired that would benefit from increased magnification.

screenshot of iPhone with with red arrow pointing toward settings tab

Step 1: Go to home screen, locate settings tab, tap it.

screenshot of iphone with red arrow pointing to accessibility tab

Step 2: Scroll down to Accessibility tab, tap it.

screenshot of iphone with red arrow pointing to magnifier tab

Step 3: Find Magnifier tab, tap it.

iphone screenshot with a red arrow pointing to the magnifier toggle button

Step 4: Turn Magnifier tab on by tapping toggle button.

iphone with an arrow pointing to the top right side button

Step 5: Tap the top right side button 3 times quickly to activate magnifier shortcut. If you have an older phone tap the home button 3 times quickly.

iphone screen with arrow pointing at Magnifier accessibility shortcut

Step 6: Select Magnifier tab from accessibility shortcuts. This will activate the magnifier.

Now that the Magnifier is turned on and opened there are several settings that are worth exploring which will be covered in the next article. For my full Magnifier O&M video click below.

Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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