Make reading small print easier on your iPhone, iPad or Mac

iOS Zoom Tool is like a digital magnifying glass.

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Whether you have a giant iPhone like 13 Pro Max Or more pocket-friendly like iPhone SE, the text displayed on your screen is often too small. If you find yourself having to stare in order to read on your iPhone, you will find it hard to enjoy reading or Messaging with your device. not to mention blue light causes headache.

Fortunately, Apple has added a number of Accessibility Features In iOS 15 you can explore and customize it within Settings > Accessibility. Apple’s Zoom has a reworked new access feature iOS 15. (And no, we don’t mean more virtual meetings.) This tool is also available at Mac.

Here’s what you need to know about the Zoom feature. Also, be sure to check out Other exciting features that iOS 15.4 will bring next week.

Apple Zoom: What is it and where do I find it?

The zoom feature allows you to zoom in on certain parts of your screen. You can customize the feature to zoom in on the entire screen or display retractable windows. Zoom also allows you to operate gestures such as double-tap with three fingers to activate Zoom, move around the screen, and change the magnification percentage.

To find Zoom, open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and tap Accessibility and choose Zoom.

How does the Zoom tool work?

Here’s what you’ll turn on or off to make the zoom feature work better for you.

  • Follow focus It allows you to keep track of your choices, such as the text entry point, as well as your typing.
  • smart typing It becomes available if you turn on Follow Focus. This allows you to switch to Window Zoom when the keyboard pops up. Window magnification magnifies a section of the screen in a window that you can drag to expand what you want to see, like a digital magnifying glass. Also, once the keyboard appears, you can double-click to enlarge where you’re typing, but the keyboard stays in place.
  • Keyboard shortcuts It only applies if you connect an external keyboard to your iPad. If you have it, just toggle off the option to find and customize keyboard shortcuts like toggle Zoom, move window, change window size and more. If you open Zoom on your Mac, you can turn on Zoom keyboard shortcuts, swipe gestures, and enable scrolling and zooming text on the Touch Bar. For example, Toggle zoom is Option + Command + 8. Pressing this group allows you to zoom in and out. You can also choose whether you want to zoom in full screen, split screen, or picture-in-picture.

In iOS 15, you can find the Zoom feature under the Accessibility tab in Settings.

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  • Zoom Control It gives you quick access to controls like what activates for single, double, and triple taps on the screen. You can also choose to show the console on screen. This places a small icon on the screen that I found useful when moving the window around the screen. Think of it as a little map to keep you orientated when you zoom in on part of the screen. You can choose from five different colors to make the icon more visible, as well as change the opacity.
  • Zoom area Allows you to choose between window magnification, full screen magnification, or pinned magnification. Window Zoom will magnify part of your screen, but you will still be able to see some of the screen that is not magnified and pan over that area. The full screen magnification feature gets rid of the window and works like double tap to zoom in and move the image. Pinned zoom lets you choose a specific section of the screen — top, left, right, or bottom — and keeps the unpinned section at normal size.
  • Zoom filter Allows you to customize the colors of the enlarged section – inverted, grayscale, inverted grayscale, or low light.
  • Maximum zoom level It’s a simple slider that lets you customize the zoom ratio anywhere between 1.2x up to 15x.

For more information, check out these Six hidden iOS 15 tricks we found. And don’t miss it Every new device Apple announced at its Tuesday eventFrom 2022 iPhone SE to me The new and improved iPad Air.

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