Five simply steps to adjust the text size on your iPhone or iPad

By Douglas Walker

Did you know that iPhones (and iPads) have a built-in magnifier? It’s a feature that everyone will find helpful when print is tiny. It is especially useful for those of us with visual impairments. 

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I use it all the time for everything from checking the temperature on my thermostat to reading medicine labels and even reviewing menus in a restaurant. Enabling the feature is really easy, too. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings App.
  • Select General and then Accessibility options.
  • Select Magnifier and switch the toggle on (green).
  • Turn on Auto-Brightness, switching the toggle on (green).

This creates a shortcut for you to use whenever you’d like. Simply tapping the home button three times will now turn your back facing camera into a Magnifier

Douglas Walker is the Assistive Technology Specialist, Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Program Lead. Check out Hadley’s iFocus Instructional Video Series.