Apple Accessibility – Zoom Magnification

Zoom Magnification

Zoom is accessibility feature that allows the user to magnify the display – making everything from text to icons bigger and easier to see. This feature can be particularly useful for those users with low vision. It can make reading and navigation much easier by zooming in on the screen and, in turn, enlarging the view.

Note: The following examples assume version iOS10 or above. Screenshots may vary slightly to your screen display.

Getting Started

  • Use the Accessibility settings to turn on Zoom Magnification.
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom
  • Toggle Zoom on.
A screenshot showing the zoom magnification button is enabled on an Apple device
Fig.1 Zoom magnification button enabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Another way is through the Accessibility shortcut. Go to General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and select Zoom. Triple click the Home button to toggle Zoom on and off.
A screenshot showing the accessibility shortcut options including the zoom option on an Apple device
Fig.2  Accessibility shortcut – Zoom option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Zoom Gestures

  • With Zoom enabled, double-tap three fingers to zoom
  • Drag with three fingers to move around the screen
  • Double-tap three fingers and pinch inwards and outwards on the screen to change the magnification levels
  • Triple-tap with three fingers to bring up the Zoom controller panel. Do the same to make the controller disappear.
  • Zoom Settings
  • Smart Typing
  • When a keyboard appears a Zoom Window will appear. The window will move to focus on the magnified text being typed.
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Smart Typing
A screenshot showing the smart typing button on an Apple device
Fig.3  Smart Typing button displayed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This displays a virtual controller icon on the screen.
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Show Controller

 

A screenshot showing the zoom controller on the home screen of an Apple device
Fig.4  Zoom controller displayed on the Home page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • When the virtual controller button is tapped, the Zoom controller panel displays allowing quick access to Zoom controls
A screenshot showing the zoom controller panel displayed on the home screen on an Apple device
Fig.5  Zoom controller panel displayed on the home page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idle Visibility

  • When the Zoom controller is enabled, Idle visibility allows you to reduce the visibility of the Zoom controller on the display screen. Ranges from 5% (low visibility) to 100% (high visibility).
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Idle Visibility
A screenshot showing the idle visibility settings on an Apple device
Fig.6 Idle Visibility setting in Zoom Accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • You can choose between the entire screen being magnified – Full Screen Zoom – or a portion of the screen magnified – Window Zoom.
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Zoom Region
A screenshot showing the zoom region setting on an Apple device
Fig.7  Zoom region setting in Zoom Accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This is an example of a Full Screen Zoom
A screenshot showing a full screen zoom on an Apple device
Fig.8  Example of a Full Screen Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This is an example of a Window Zoom
A screenshot showing a window zoom on an Apple device
Fig.9  Example of a Window Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Zoom Filter

  • Colour contrasts can be set for both Full Screen and Window Zoom (Lens) mode to support different types of low vision. Options include Inverted, Greyscale, Grayscale Inverted and Low light.
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Zoom Filter
A screenshot showing the zoom filter options on an Apple device
Fig.10  Zoom filter options in Zoom Accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum Zoom Level

  • The ‘Maximum Zoom Level’ setting allows you to set a limit on your zoom magnification levels. You can magnify up to 15x the standard screen size.
  • Use the slider bar to adjust the settings.
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Maximum Zoom Level

 

A screenshot showing the zoom magnification adjustment bar on an Apple device
Fig.11  Zoom magnification level adjustment bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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