How to turn on Magnifier on iPhone and use it as a magnifying glass : iOS 10

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There are many significant inclusions to iPhone with iOS 10. But I am sure that not many out there would know about ‘Magnifier’ feature. It is not discussed much compared t but is as useful as other iOS 10 features.  And in this article, I will share everything about Magnifier feature. What is Magnifier, how to turn on/off Magnifier on iPhone and how is it useful? You will find answers to all these questions here.

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What is Magnifier in iPhone?

Magnifier as the name says works as a magnifying lens and turns iPhone into a magnifying glass. Magnifier feature makes use of the device Camera, but don’t misunderstand me, it is not similar to the Camera app. Magnifier is specifically built to magnify text and objects to view them clearly.

camera vs magnifier iphone
Magnifier is much clearer than Camera

It is useful when viewing text in small size or when interested in minute objects.

Turn On Magnifier on iPhone

In order to make use of Magnifier follow the steps below to activate it.

1. Open Settings App and Select General.

2. Under General, select Accessibility.

3. Now, in Vision section tap on Magnifier.

4. Toggle Magnifier to On.

Turn on Magnifier on iPhone

With this, you have activated Magnifier on iPhone. You can turn off Magnifier by following the same steps and toggling the Magnifier to Off.

How to use Magnifier?

Now, in order to activate Magnifier triple-click the Home Button and Select Magnifier if you have enabled other Accessibility Shortcuts.

Magnifier iOS 10

I get Assistive Touch because accessibility shortcut for Assistive touch is turned on in my device. If you haven’t enabled any shortcut then Magnifier will open up straight away.

It looks like a Camera app but if you explore it you can find all different options. There are a host of options which can be accessed by tapping on the filter icon at the bottom right apart from adjusting contrast and brightness.  It can be used to change the color of text and background. Additionally, it is also possible to invert colors by tapping on the icon at the bottom left.

Magnifier iOS 10 features

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

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