How To: Use your iPhone as a magnifying glass in iOS 10

iOS 10 comes with a new feature called Magnifier which comes in handy if you’re having trouble reading small texts. If you’d like to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass you should know this particular feature is different than the zoom option available in the Camera app.

With the Magnifier you can zoom in further and has its own screen and controls. The zoom level can be adjusted using the dedicated slider, plus there are options to manually adjust contrast and brightness, as well as lock the focus.

How to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass in iOS 10

Another thing you can do with the Magnifier is to snap a photo of some text and enlarge it, then do the same for another piece of text.

If you find this feature useful, here’s how you can use it.

use your iPhone as a magnifying glass

Open the Settings app and navigate to General -> Accessibility -> Magnifier.

Now toggle on the Magnifier option. If you choose to enable Auto-Brightness as well, the contrast and brightness levels will change automatically based on ambient light settings.

With Magnifier enabled you can triple-press the Home button to open its interface. There, you just need to point your iPhone or iPad’s camera at a text and zoom in until you feel comfortable enough to read it.

Accessibility has received other options in iOS 10 besides the Magnifier, such as the Color Filters designed to help those suffering from color blindness so it’s definitely worth exploring these new settings.

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