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How to magnify the screen in Android 12

How to magnify the screen in Android 12

Short guide:

  1. Open the Settings and select Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down to the Display section and tap Magnification.
  3. Tap the toggle switch for Magnification shortcut to turn it on. 
  4. Tap the Magnification shortcut button to activate the zoomed-in view. 
  5. Switch between full and partial screen views by tapping on the Change view button in the bottom-right corner.

Before and after

A page in Google Books viewed without and with magnification

This section explains how to use the Magnification feature in Android 12. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.

Open the Accessibility settings

1. Open the Settings  and select Accessibility.

Open Settings and select Accessibility

Find the Magnification tool

2. Scroll down to the Display section and tap Magnification.

Tap Magnification

Enable the Magnification shortcut

3. Tap the toggle switch for Magnification shortcut to turn it on. You will receive a pop-up notification explaining how to use the shortcut. Tap OK to continue.

Tap the toggle switch for Magnification shortcut

Activating magnification

4. Once you've turned it on, the Magnification shortcut button will appear on a semi-transparent, floating tab attached to the right side of the screen. Just tap the button to activate the zoomed-in view.

Tap the shortcut button to magnify

Switching between views

5. By default you get a magnified view that occupies the whole screen, but you can switch between full and partial screen views by tapping on the Change view button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.  

Tap the button in the bottom right corner to switch views

Selecting a new view

6. To start magnification in a specific view, go back to Settings > Accessibility > Magnification and tap Magnification view. Select your preferred view and tap Save

Tap Magnification view, select your view and tap Save

Using magnification

7. While magnified you can tap the screen to zoom in, and pinch in or out to adjust the zoom level. Drag your finger or the magnified view around to move around the screen. Tap the Magnification shortcut button again to end magnification. 

Magnification in action with the Partial screen view

Note: We have written these instructions for devices running the standard version of the Android operating system. You may find some minor presentation differences if the manufacturer has customised the theme.

Created on: December-15-2021

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