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How to use your device as a magnifying glass in iOS 15 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

How to use your device as a magnifying glass in iOS 15 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Short guide

  1. To find the Magnifier, swipe right through the Home page screens to find your App Library. Tap the Magnifier icon in the Utilities folder.
  2. Launch the Magnifier and point your camera at an object or a page. Drag the central slider to zoom in and out or use the handle at the top of the window downwards to hide the controls.
  3. Tap the Brightness or Contrast icons to adjust brightness or contrast, tap the Torch icon to turn on the torch, or the Switch camera icon to switch camera.
  4. Tap the Screen Capture button to take a screenshot, or tap the Multi-capture button to take multiple screenshots. Adjust the brightness and contrast or add filters, and tap the Share button to save or share your screenshots.
  5. When you've finished using the Magnifier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

Before and after

Text unmagnified and magnified through the iOS15 Magnifier

This section explains how to use the Magnifier in Apple iOS 15, with step-by-step instructions and pictures of the screen to help. 

Find the magnifier

1. You can find the Magnifier in your App Library. Swipe right through your Home pages until you find it, then tap the Magnifier icon in the Utilities folder.

The Apps Library with the Magnifier

Add the Magnifier the Home screen

2. You can also tap and hold the Magnifier icon then drag it out onto a page of your Home screen. It’s also possible to add it as an Accessibility Shortcut. See the article How to use the Accessibility Shortcut in iOS 15.

Drag

Adjust the Zoom level

3. Launch the Magnifier and point your camera at an object or a page of small text. You can drag the central slider to change the level of magnification and zoom in and out, or drag the handle at the top of the control window downwards to hide the controls.

Move the central slider left and right to zoom out or zoom in

Understanding the controls

4. The other controls have the following functions:

The magnifier's control window with annotations
  1. Switch camera: Switch the magnified view from the rear-facing camera to the front-facing camera.
  2. Brightness:  Tap the icon then drag the slider to adjust the brightness levels.
  3. Contrast: Tap the icon then drag the slider to adjust the contrast.
  4. Filter: Tap the icon then choose a colour filter to apply it to the screen.
  5. Torch. Tap the icon to turn on your device’s torch.
  6. Magnifier settings: Change the controls (see below)
  7. Screen capture: Freeze and capture an image of magnified view (see below).
  8. Multi-capture button: Take multiple screen captures, one after the other.

Capture screenshots

5. Tap the Screen Capture button to take a screenshot of the current view. You can zoom in and out on the captured image and apply brightness, contrast, and filters. Press the button again to unfreeze the screen.

Tap the central Screen Capture button to take a screenshot of the current view

Take multiple screenshots

6. Tap the Multi-capture button to take multiple screenshots and view them later. Tap it once, then tap the Screen capture button each time you want to capture the magnified view.

Tap the Multi-capture button to take several screenshots in a row

View your screenshots

7. To view your new screenshots tap the Multi-capture button again. The button will now be yellow and indicate how many screenshots you have taken.

Tap the Multi-capture button again to view your screenshots

Editing screenshots

8. Select a screenshot by tapping on a thumbnail in the bottom-left corner. You can change the brightness and contrast and add filters to your captured images.

Tap a thumbnail to view and edit the screenshot.

Share your screenshots

9. If you want to save or share a screenshot, tap the Share button in the top-right and choose a destination. You should see your email, photo-sharing and social media apps listed.

Tap the Share button to share your screenshots through email or social media

Return to the Home screen

10. When you’ve finished using the Magnifier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap the Home button, if your device has one, to return to the Home screen.

Created on: October-13-2021

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