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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.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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  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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