How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass in iOS 10

BY Ali Hassan Mahdi

Published 13 Sep 2016


iOS 10 comes with a handy new feature that allows you to read small texts more easily. Called Magnifier, the feature allows you to use the camera of your iPhone to zoom into a text until it is easily readable.

The difference between Magnifier and the Camera app is that the magnifier allows you to zoom in to a larger extent. It’s not built into the Camera app but comes as a separate interface with additional controls to provide a better experience.

The interface includes a slider to adjust the zoom level and provides quick access to flash toggle for reading in low-light. You can also lock the focus as well as adjust the contrast and brightness levels manually.

An interesting feature of Magnifier is that you can capture a picture and read the enlarged text before zooming into another piece of text.

To get started with Magnifier, read the steps below.

How to Use Magnifier in iOS 10

Step 1: Launch the Settings app.

Step 2: Go to General -> Accessibility -> Magnifier.

Step 3: Turn on the toggle for Magnifier. Additionally, you can enable Auto-Brightness so that the brightness and contrast levels are adjusted automatically based on the ambient light settings.

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Once you’ve enabled Magnifier, it can be activated by triple pressing the Home button. Doing so opens Magnifier’s interface where you can point your device’s camera at a text and zoom in until the text is readable.

It’s good to see that Apple is doing all it can to extend the Accessibility features of iOS and help users with special usage needs. iOS 10 also adds a new Color Filters option to Accessibility to help users with Color Blindness.

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