How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass

Here is a guide on how to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass using the new iOS 10 Accessibility features. Apple has always kept those with accessibility needs in mind when designing their hardware and software and the iOS has a wealth of features to assist those customers.

One of the best features of the Accessibility tools is the Magnifier feature which will allow you to utilize your iPhone’s camera to magnify anything you need to read. Often we have ridiculously small print on food labels, in newspapers or even just reading a book and the iPhone can help you immensely with just a few taps!

How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass

Here are the steps to enable the Magnifier on your iPhone.

Watch the above video to see how to access your iPhone’s Accessibility settings.

Enable the Magnifier

In order to access this hidden feature of iOS 10, you need to access your iPhone’s accessibility features by navigating to the Settings app, General and then the Accessibility tab.


You will see a wealth of options for Accessibility including sections for Vision, Interaction, Hearing, Media and Learning. For our needs we will access the Vision section and tap Magnifier.

The Magnifier will have a slider that you can enable and doing so will now allow you to utilize the camera as a magnifying glass in order to see those hard to read text printings. In order to use this feature now that it is enabled, we must learn a new gesture for our iPhone

Using the Magnifier

Now that we have this setting enabled we can use the Magnifier for our reading needs by triple-clicking the Home button from any screen. When you do this, you will see a window appear for your camera to be used as well as a few different icons at the bottom of the screen.


You can tap the larger circle to freeze frame the current displayed image, Lock the focus, Zoom in and out and change the color temperature all within this screen.

You can snap a freeze frame and then alter colors further by tapping the Filters icon. You will be able to see multiple combinations of colors that may potentially enhance your zoomed image further and make it easier to read.


The magnifier is an excellent resource for all users as we often need assistance reading things that are very small for our human eyes. In addition to being a genuinely great accessibility tool, this is yet another feature of the iPhone that can come in handy for all owners throughout our days.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit. 

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.



  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 


  1. liviaemily_6

    10/23/2016 at 2:27 am

    Isnt it the same thing that zooming into a picture does already? Lol seems like another usless app


  2. iOS 10 Jailbreak

    10/23/2016 at 10:43 am

    I stumbled on this feature and thought it is another hidden stuff baked right into the iOS 10. There are lots of new features that are available for iPhone and iPad users.


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