Text too small on your iPhone, iPad or Mac? How to fix it

If you find yourself having to squint to Lily Where type words on your phone or computer screen, you won’t get much pleasure from your Apple device. Without forgetting the blue light causing headaches.

Apple has a number of accessibility features which you can explore and customize under Settings > Accessibility. With the launch of iOS 15, Apple’s Zoom feature has a new, reworked accessibility feature. This tool is also available on Mac.

Here’s what you need to know about the Zoom feature.

What is Apple’s Zoom tool?

The Zoom feature allows you to magnify specific parts of your screen. You can customize the feature to enlarge the entire screen or a draggable windowed view. Zoom also lets you activate gestures like double-tapping three fingers to activate zoom, pan around your screen, and change magnification.

Where can I find Apple’s Zoom tool?

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

How the Zoom tool works

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

  • Follow Focus lets you track your selections, like your text insertion point, as well as your typing.
  • Smart input becomes available if you enable Follow Focus. This allows you to switch to window zoom when the keyboard appears. Window Zoom enlarges a section of the screen in a window that you can drag to magnify what you need to see, like a digital magnifying glass. Also, once the keyboard pops up, you can double-tap to magnify where you’re typing, but the keyboard stays put.
  • Keyboard shortcuts only applies if you have connected an external keyboard to your iPad. If so, just enable the option to find and customize keyboard shortcuts, such as enabling zoom, moving your window, and resizing your window. If you open Zoom on your Mac, you can enable Zoom keyboard shortcuts, scroll gestures, hover over text, and zoom on the Touch Bar. For instance, toggle zoom is Option-Command-8. By pressing this combination, you can zoom in and out. You can also choose whether you want to expand in full screen, split screen, or picture-in-picture mode.
Hand holding an iPhone with the iOS 15 logo on the screen

You can find the Zoom feature under the Accessibility tab in Settings.

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  • Zoom controller gives you quick access to determine what activates for single, double and triple taps on the screen. You can also choose to show the controller on screen. This puts a small icon on the screen which I found useful when moving the window around the screen. Think of it as a small map to orient yourself when you’ve zoomed in on a section of the screen. You can choose between five different colors to make the icon more visible, as well as change the opacity.
  • Zoom region lets you choose between window zoom, full screen zoom, or pinned zoom. Window Zoom will magnify a section of your screen, but you will still be able to see an unmagnified portion of the screen and pan across that area. Full screen zoom eliminates the window and works like a double tap to zoom in and pan a photo. 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 coloring of the magnified section as inverted, grayscale, inverted grayscale or low light.
  • Maximum zoom level is a simple slider that lets you customize the magnification from 1.2x to 15x.

For more information, see these six hidden iOS 15 tricks we found.


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