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How to use magnification gestures in Android Lollipop 5.0.0

How to use magnification gestures in Android Lollipop 5.0.0

This page explains how you can setup your Android phone or tablet so you can use magnification gestures on your device.

  • To access the Accessibility features on your Android device select the ‘Settings’ icon then ‘Accessibility’ from the list.

Fig 1 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Magnification gestures - Accessibility
Fig 1.

  • Select ‘Magnification gestures’ from the list.

Fig 2 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Magnification gestures - Magnification gestures off
Fig 2.

To turn on ‘Magnification gestures’ set the toggle switch to ‘On’.

Fig 3 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Magnification gestures - Magnification gestures on
Fig 3.

  • Turning on ‘Magnification gestures’ allows you to zoom in and out of the screen.
    • Using one finger, triple-tap the screen to zoom in and out. However, the triple tap does not work well on the keyboard or on the navigation bar.
    • To pan across the screen when zoomed in, drag two or more fingers across the screen while zoomed in.
    • To adjust the zoom level, place two fingers on the screen and pinch them together to move in or move them apart to zoom out.

NOTE: These instructions apply to the standard version of Android as found in the Google Nexus range. They also apply to other devices (as long as they are using the same operating system) but please be aware that there may be minor differences. This is due to the custom ‘skins’ some companies apply to their mobile devices instead of the stock Android theme.  

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