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How to use magnification gestures in Android 7 Nougat

How to use magnification gestures in Android 7 Nougat

This section explains how you can turn on the magnifier on your Android device.

  1. Tap on the ‘Settings’ icon on the home screen, Fig 1.Note: If the ‘Settings’ icon doesn’t appear on your home screen, slide-up from the bottom of the screen to open the ‘app drawer’ and locate it.
    Fig 1 - Android 7 Nougat - Magnification Gestures
    Fig 1
  2. Scroll down to the ‘System’ section and tap on ‘Accessibility’, see Fig 2.
    Fig 2 - Android 7 Nougat - Magnification Gestures
    Fig 2
  3. Scroll down to the ‘System’ section and tap on ‘Magnification gesture’, Fig 3.
    Fig 3 - Android 7 Nougat - Magnification Gestures
    Fig 3
  4. Tap on the on/off toggle switch to enable ‘Magnification gestures’, Fig 4.
    Fig 4 - Android 7 Nougat - Magnification Gestures
    Fig 4
  5. When you are happy with your settings press your device’s ‘Home button’ to return to the home screen.

Using the magnification gestures:

When ‘Magnification gestures’ are enabled you can zoom the screen using a series of gestures.

To activate zoom:

  1. To ‘zoom in’ (to enlarge everything on the screen): Tap the screen quickly three times.
  2. To adjust the magnification level: Pinch two or more fingers apart (to increase zoom) or together (to decrease zoom).
  3. To ‘scroll’: Drag two or more fingers across the screen.
  4. To ‘zoom out’: Tap the screen quickly three times, again.

To zoom temporarily:

  1. Tap the screen quickly three times and hold your finger down on the third tap.
  2. Drag your finger to move around the screen.
  3. To ‘zoom out’: Lift your finger off the screen.

Note: These instructions apply to the stock version of Android 7 Nougat.  Please be aware that many device manufacturers add their own customisations to the Android operating systems so you may find minor differences from the steps shown.

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