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How to use zoom in iOS 12 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

How to use zoom in iOS 12 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

There are two styles of ‘Zoom’:

  • Window Zoom: A resizable window zooms in on part of the screen.  The window can be resized and repositioned.
    Zoom– iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 12 Fig 1
  • Full-Screen Zoom: The entire screen is zoomed in. You can drag the screen content around using three fingers or using an on-screen controller.
    Zoom Controller in Full-screen mode

To enable ‘Zoom’:

  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 on ‘Zoom’.
    Tap Zoom
  3. Tap the toggle switch next to ‘Zoom’ to enable this feature.
    Tap the toggle switch next to Zoom

    Note: The screen will immediately zoom in. If you would rather ‘Zoom’ wasn’t active at this point, tap the screen twice with three fingers to disable it or tap the toggle switch again to turn ‘Zoom’ off completely.If you are happy to continue using ‘Zoom’, see the ‘Using Zoom’ section at the end of this article for more information about navigating around the screen.

    Window Zoom mode

 

Zoom settings:

Follow Focus

‘Follow Focus’ allows ‘Zoom’ to follow your selection or the insertion point as you type.

  1. Follow Focus’ is enabled by default. If you would like to turn this feature off, tap the toggle switch next to ‘Follow Focus’.

    Note: The toggle switch will become greyed out.
    Tap the toggle switch for Follow Focus
  2. If ‘Follow Focus’ is enabled you will see an option called ‘Smart Typing’. ‘Smart Typing’ automatically switches the zoom style to ‘Window Zoom’ whenever a keyboard appears. Text is magnified and ‘Zoom’ follows the cursor as you type, but the keyboard is not magnified.Tap the toggle switch next to ‘Smart Typing’ to enable this feature.
    Tap the toggle switch for Smart Typing

 

Show Controller

Zoom Controller’ is an on-screen controller that appears when ‘Zoom’ is turned on.  The controller allows you to navigate the screen with one finger.

  1. By default, this feature is enabled. To turn this feature off, tap the toggle switch next to ‘Show Controller’.

    Note: The toggle switch will become greyed out.
    Tap the toggle switch for Show Controller
  2. When ‘Show Controller’ is enabled the ‘Zoom Controller’ will be visible on the screen, see below for an example.
    The Zoom Controller visible on screen
  3. When ‘Show Controller’ is enabled you will see an option called ‘Idle Visibility’. This allows you to increase or decrease the opacity of the ‘Zoom Controller’ when the controller is not being used.To change the opacity of the’ Zoom Controller’, tap on ‘Idle Visibility’.
    Tap Idle Visibility
  4. Drag the slider bar to the left to reduce opacity (making the controller more visible) or to the right (making the controller less visible).
    Drag the slider to change the Zoom Controller visibility when idle
  5. Tap the back button, top left, to return to the main ‘Zoom’

Zoom Region

Zoom’ has two magnification styles:

  • Window Zoom: A resizable window zooms in on part of the screen.  The window can be resized and repositioned.  See introduction for an example of ‘Window Zoom’.
  • Full-Screen Zoom: The entire screen is zoomed in. You can drag the content around using three fingers or using an on-screen controller. See introduction for an example of ‘Full-Screen Zoom’.
  1. To change the zoom style, tap on ‘Zoom Region’.
    Tap Zoom Region
  2. Tap to select the mode you wish to use.
    Select from Full Screen Zoom or Window Zoom
  3. Tap the back button, top left, to return to the main ‘Zoom’

Zoom Filter

You can apply a filter to the zoomed area of the screen.  This is particularly useful in ‘Window Zoom’ mode to differentiate the zoomed and non-zoomed areas. In both ‘Window Zoom’ and ‘Full-Screen Zoom’ mode it is also a quick way to add another accessibility feature to make content easier to read.  The filters you can apply are:

  • None
  • Inverted
  • Greyscale
  • Greyscale Inverted
  • Low Light
  1. Tap on ‘Zoom Filter’ to see the available options.
    Tap Zoom Filter
  2. Tap to select the filter you would like to apply.
    Tap to select a filter
  3. Tap the back button, top left, to return to the main ‘Zoom’

Maximum Zoom Level

You can set the maximum zoom level between 1.2x to 15x.

  1. Drag the circular handle on the slider bar to set your preferred maximum zoom level.
    Drag the slider to change the maximum zoom level

 

Using ‘Zoom’

Activating Zoom

  1. Once enabled, you can activate ‘Zoom’ at any time by tapping on the screen twice with three fingers.
  2. To deactivate ‘Zoom’, tap on the screen twice with three fingers again.Note: If enabled, you can also use the ‘Zoom Controller' to activate ‘Zoom’. See the ‘Using the Zoom Controller’ section below

 

Navigating the screen in ‘Full-Screen Zoom’ mode

  1. To scroll content vertically, drag one or two finger up and down the screen.
  2. To scroll content horizontally, drag three fingers left and right.Note: If enabled, you can also use the ‘Zoom Controller' to navigate the screen. See the ‘Using the Zoom Controller’ section below.

 

Navigating the screen in ‘Window Zoom’ mode

  1. ‘Window Zoom’ places a magnifier window on top of the screen.
    Window Zoom mode
  2. To scroll content vertically, drag one or two finger up and down the screen so that the page scrolls under the magnifier window.
  3. To scroll content horizontally, press and hold on the window handle and drag it left and right.
    Drag the window handle to scroll content
  4. Alternatively, you can drag the magnifier window itself - press and hold on the window’s handle (circled above) and drag it around the screen.
  5. To resize the magnifier window, tap once on the window handle (circled above) or tap on the screen three times with three fingers to show a settings menu.Alternatively, if you have enabled the ‘Zoom Controller’ tap it once to show the settings menu.
  6. Tap on ‘Resize Lens’ in the settings menu.
    Tap Resize Lens
  7. After tapping ‘Resize Lens’ the menu will disappear and you will see circular handles on the corners and edges of the magnifier window. Press, hold and drag on any handle to resize the window.
    Drag the handles to resize the Window Lens

 

Using the ‘Zoom Controller’

If you have enabled the ‘Zoom Controller’ you can:

  • Activate or deactivate ‘Zoom’ by tapping twice on the ‘Zoom Controller’.
  • Show the ‘Zoom’ settings menu by tapping once on the ‘Zoom Controller’.
  • Navigate the screen.To use the ‘Zoom Controller’ to navigate the (zoomed) screen:

 

  1. Press on the ‘Zoom Controller’ and mover your finger in a circular motion until the controller enlarges.
    Tap the controller and rotate your finger to enlarge the controller
  2. Whilst still touching the screen, move your finger towards the arrows or in-between the arrows to scroll the screen (or the magnifier window) in that direction.
    Move your finger in the direction you would like content to scroll
  3. To reposition the ‘Zoom Controller’, press and hold on the controller until it enlarges slightly then drag it to another part of the screen.

The on-screen settings menu

The on-screen menu gives you quick access to ‘Zoom’ settings.

Depending on the options you have previously enabled, you can activate the on-screen menu by:

  • Tapping the screen three times with three fingers.
  • Tapping the zoom controller once.
  • Tapping the magnifier window’s handle once.

To hide the on-screen menu, tap on the screen outside of the menu.

The on-screen settings menu has the following options:

  • Zoom In / Zoom out: Tap to activate or deactivate zoom.
  • Choose Region: Tap to switch zoom modes
  • Resize Lens: Resize the magnifier window if using ‘Window Zoom
  • Choose Filter: Tap to see filter options (None, Inverted, Greyscale, Greyscale Inverted, Low Light).
  • Hide / Show Controller
  • Zoom level slider: Drag the circular handle left and right to decrease or increase the current magnification level.
    Full Screen Zoom, Window Zoom

Related information:

Zoom’ can be turned on and activated using the iOS ‘Accessibility Shortcut’.  For more information about using this shortcut see the article: Accessibility Shortcut (Triple-click Home) - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch on this website.

If you would like to make text larger by default see the article: Larger Text - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch  on this website.

Created on: September-05-2017

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