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How to use the magnifier tool in iOS 12 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

How to use the magnifier tool in iOS 12 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

How to enable the Magnifier

  1. Open the ‘Accessibility Settings’: Settings > General > Accessibility. (See the article Open Accessibility Preferences on this website for more information.)
  2. Under the ‘Vision’ section, tap ‘Magnifier’.
    Tap Magnifier
  3. Tap the toggle switch next to ‘Magnifier’ to enable this feature.
    Tap the toggle switch next to Magnifier
  4. Tap the toggle switch next to ‘’Auto-Brightness if you would like to automatically adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen. You still can manually adjust these settings in the ‘Magnifier’ interface while using it.
  5. When you are happy with your settings, either tap the back button in the top left of the screen to return to the main ‘Accessibility’ settings screen or press your device’s ‘Home’ button to return to the home screen.

Using the Magnifier

Once the ‘magnifier’ has been enabled you can access it by triple-clicking the ‘Home’ button (even when your device is locked).

The magnifier has the following options with controls that appear at the foot of the screen:

  1. Magnification level slider
    Drag the slider left or right to decrease/increase the level of magnification.
  2. Flashlight button (some devices do not have a light so you may not see this)
    Tap to turn on the flashlight
  3. Focus-lock button
    Tap to lock the focus
  4. Screen capture button
    Tap the capture button to freeze the image on the screen. Note: You can drag the frozen image around the screen using your finger, pinch the screen to zoom in and out (or use the slider) and change the colours of the image
  5. Colour options button
    Tap the button to access brightness, contrast and colour overlay options.
    Magnifier options

The colour options button launches the following options:

  1. Brightness slider
    Drag the slider left or right to decrease / increase the brightness level.
  2. Contrast slider
    Drag the slider left or right to decrease / increase the contrast level.
  3. Invert button
    Tap to invert the screen colours.
  4. Colour filters
    Drag left or right on the image to change the colour filter. These filters can also be inverted by tapping the Invert button (c).

    The colour filter options are
    • None
    • White/Blue
    • Yellow/Blue
    • Greyscale
    • Yellow/Black
    • Red/Black
  5. Close colour options
    Tap to return to the main ‘Magnifier’ screen.
    Magnifier colour options


Related information:

You can add a ‘Magnifier’ shortcut to the ‘Control Centre’.  See the article: Control Centre – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch on this website.

Created on: March-04-2018

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