How to Use Your Phone as a Magnifying Glass
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Whether you are trying to read a menu in a dark restaurant, the warning label on your medicine, or the fine print on a contract you possibly should not be signing, a magnifying glass can come in very handy. One with a light is even better.
Good news! That phone in your pocket is filled with handy tools, including a magnifying glass. No more squinting! Your phone’s magnifying glass lets you see the small stuff, any time, anywhere.
iPhone magnifying glass Setting
The iPhone has a useful magnifying glass feature that uses the camera. You must turn this feature on in order to use it.
Turning on the magnifying glass on an iPhone
To turn on the magnifying glass on your iPhone, go to:
Settings, then General, then Accessibility, then Magnifier. Turn it to On.
You can also turn Auto-Brightness to on. Auto-Brightness changes the brightness of the screen based on the available light.
Using the magnifying glass on an iPhone
To use the iPhone’s magnifying glass, called the Magnifier, tap the Home button three times. That will open the magnifying glass screen.
Slide the yellow dot on the Magnifier to zoom in and out. Slide the dot right to zoom in and left to zoom out.
Tap the lightning icon to turn on the light on your phone and brighten what you are seeing.
Tap the lock icon to keep the camera’s focus level from changing.
Tap the white circle button to freeze the image. The circle will have a yellow edge while the image is frozen. Tap the button again to unfreeze the image.
You can freeze the image on the Magnifier and then zoom in on it. This way the image is stable as you are trying to see it. Move the image around with your finger to see different parts of the image.
Tap the triangle in the lower right corner of the screen to control the image you are seeing. The filter lets you adjust the brightness and color of the image. You can also add colored filters to the image.
In the bottom left corner of the filter screen is an invert button that lets you change the colors. Tap that to invert the colors.
Some Android phones also have a magnifying glass feature, but you need to turn it on for it to work. To turn on the magnifying glass, go to Settings, then Accessibility, then Vision, then Magnification and turn it on.
When you need to use the magnifying glass, go to the camera app and tap the screen three times. To turn off the magnifying glass, tap the screen three times again.
Some Android phones do not come with a magnifying glass feature built in. You can use zoom in the camera app if you need magnification.
Many magnifying apps are in the Google Play app store with different features. Some of these apps are free but have advertisements.
Magnifying Glass Flashlight
Magnifying Glass Flashlight currently has the highest rating of the magnifying apps in the Google Play store. This app has both magnification and a flashlight to shine a light on what you are trying to see. Like the iPhone Magnifier, this app can freeze the image so you can zoom in and steady what you are trying to see.
This app has small ads at the bottom of the screen. They do not flash or move so they are fairly easy to ignore.
The first time you use the app, you will see that the flashlight is on by default. You can turn this off if you do not need it, and want to save battery, by tapping the lightbulb icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
It’s a common problem: Some things are just too hard to see. Usually, they’re too far away, too dark, or too small. With a feature called Magnifier, your iPhone can function as a magnifying glass and sight aid. Here’s how to use it.
What Is Magnifier?
Magnifier is an accessibility feature built into iOS 10 and up that allows you to use your iPhone’s camera as a makeshift magnifying glass or telescope. Some people with sight issues use the Camera app for a similar function, but Magnifier includes extra features designed specifically to help with sight impairments. For example, you might need help reading small text on a menu or a distant sign with confusing colors or low-contrast lettering. In those cases, Magnifier is an ideal tool.
How to Enable Magnifier on Your iPhone
To use Magnifier, you must first enable it in Settings. Launch Settings by tapping on its icon, which looks like a gear. (It’s usually on the first page of your Home screen or in the Dock.)
In Settings, swipe down the list until you find Accessibility and tap on it.
In the Accessibility menu, tap “Magnifier.” In the Magnifier settings, tap on the Magnifier toggle switch to turn it on.
After that, exit Settings by returning to the Home screen.
How to Quickly Launch Magnifier on Your iPhone
Once Magnifier has been enabled in Settings, there are two ways to launch it: a special button combination and a Control Center shortcut.
For the button combination, how you launch it depends on the type of iPhone you have.
- iPhones with a Home button: Push the Home button three times.
- iPhones without a Home button: Push the side button three times.
Once you tap the proper button three times, Magnifier will appear on the screen.
How to Launch Magnifier Using Control Center
You can also launch Magnifier from Control Center if you enable its shortcut in Settings. To do so, navigate to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. In the “More Controls” list, locate “Magnifier” and tap on it. It will then be added to your “Include” list at the top of the page.
Once enabled, launch “Control Center” on iPhones with a Home button by swiping upward from the bottom of the screen. On iPhones without a Home button, swipe downward from the top right corner of the screen. Tap on the magnifying glass icon to launch Magnifier.
How to Use Magnifier
Once you launch Magnifier, you will see a screen that looks very similar to Apple’s Camera app. Magnifier uses your iPhone’s built-in camera hardware to display whatever you’re pointing at on the screen. It can be used in vertical or horizontal orientation.
Just below the live image area, you will find a small control area. The slider at the top functions as a zoom feature, changing the size of the image. From left to right below that, you see the following controls:
- Light button (lightning icon): This turns on your iPhone’s LED for illumination in a dark setting.
- Lock focus button (padlock icon): This locks the focus on an object you have tapped on even if you move the image around.
- Freeze frame button (circle): This freezes the live image so you can get a steady look at it, adjust its zoom size, and more.
- Filters button (three interlocking circles): This opens a menu that lets you adjust brightness and contrast, inverse the colors on the image, or apply color filters that can potentially aid people with color blindness or other sight impairments.
While viewing a live image, you can zoom in and out using either the pinch-to-zoom gesture or the slider bar.
And if you freeze the image using the circle button, you can zoom in and out and move the frozen image around with your fingers to get a better look at something, even if you didn’t center it perfectly the first time.
You can also save or share the image you have frozen by holding your finger down on the image until a tiny bubble pops up with “Save Image” and “Share” options. Tap on the option you’d like to use.
If you have trouble making out some details in the live scene or an image you’ve frozen, tap on the three circles in the lower-right corner of the screen, and you’ll find an impressive array of color filter options.
The two sliders control the brightness and contrast of the image, while the color filters change the color tone of the image. They include white/blue, yellow/blue, grayscale, yellow/black, and red/black options.
You can also invert the colors of the image (making it a negative image) with any of the color-filter options by tapping on the button in the lower-left corner that looks like two squares with curved arrows between them.
If you want to exit the color filters options, tap on the three circles in the lower-right corner of the screen, and you will return to the original control options.
When you’re completely done with Magnifier, you can exit the utility on an iPhone with a Home button by pushing the Home button once. On iPhones without a Home button, slide your finger upward from the bottom of the screen until the Home screen appears.
Best of all, you can return to Magnifier quickly any time you need (as long as it’s enabled), by either using the button combination or invoking Control Center. Magnifier even works in the lock screen. It’s just one more iPhone accessibility feature that can make life easier for everyone.
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Comments: 14 Responses to “Use Your iPhone As a Magnifying Glass”
Once you have frozen the screen you can click on the image to save to photos
I tried it out and it works great. It will be especially helpful ordering food in a theater grill when I can’t see the menu in the dark. I also used it to look at anomilies on my skin that I can’t see that well.
This doesn’t seem to work on my iPhone 5. It is updated with 10.0,02 software. Does it not work on the “5”?
CK: Probably not. I don’t see anywhere with requirements listed for this feature — it is a pretty minor feature. But I’m not surprised that it needs more current camera and graphics hardware.
Oh my! Now it is working. I did sign in to unlock so maybe that is the key.
Thank you so much for your prompt response and all the wonderful information to help me keep up.
Really appreciate this tip. Especially taking a photo and scrolling to Other areas. Great for my prescription medication.
Great tutorial! I also like that you can save the image to photos – will make it useful for sharing. Thanks!
This trick is brilliant ! I’ve been longing for a magnifying glass. Thanks Gary for letting me know. I rely on you so much for keeping me up to date.
Thank you! Great to know about this feature. My husband will definitely use it when he doesn’t have his glasses handy!
It is on the new iphone 5 SE and what a great feature it is.
Can’t figure out how to save frozen image to photos.
E: Tap the big button to freeze the image. Then tap and hold the image for a second to bring up the Save Image option.
How do I get rid of the previous image in the magnifier?
When I return to Magnifier after exiting it, that same image is still there.
JA: Do you mean when you freeze the image? Notice then that the big button at the bottom has a highlight around it. Simply tap the button to unfreeze the image and get the current view.
iPhones have a built in function that allows the back facing camera to enlarge the area it sees, and to display this enlargement on the screen. This is very useful when items are small and difficult to see. Magnification is the functionality. This post will show you how to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass.
Turn on the magnifying glass:
- Open the Settings app (a grey cogwheel)
- Click on Accessibility (this may be within General in older versions of iOS)
- Then Click on Magnifier
- Finally Click on the slider to the right of the word Magnifier to turn it on – it will turn green once it is on.
Use the magnifying glass:
- triple click on the circular home button, if your phone has one – or –
- triple click the power button on the right side of the phone
Once magnification is turned on, your phone screen will look like this.
We have identified the controls you are now provided, which should make viewing the camera image better.
To turn off the iPhone magnifying glass:
- click once on the circular home button, if your phone has one – or –
- click the power button on the right side side of the phone
If you are having a problem reading small text in your books or newspaper, you can always use a magnifying glass. However, a magnifying glass is not something you will bring with you all the time. Fortunately, the iPhone has this hidden feature of the magnifying glass or the magnifier. By enabling the magnifier, you can turn your iPhone to an instant magnifying glass. Here we are going to show you the steps on how to do just that.
WHY USE IPHONE AS MAGNIFYING GLASS?
Here are some top reasons why you might be needing the magnifying glass feature on your iPhone.
- READING VERY SMALL TEXT – Sometimes even with a perfect vision, there tends to be text that is printed too small for your eyes to read. Here is when the magnifier feature can be very useful.
- READING TEXT IN INVERTED COLOR – Magnifier has the option of changing the colour of your text to inverted colour. For example, if your text is in white background, with magnifier you can invert it to black for your easier reading.
So, if you are interested to learn how to use this magnifier feature, here are the steps.
In your iPhone, go to “Settings”
In Settings, tap at “Accessibility”
At Accessibility, tap at “Magnifier”
You will see the Magnifier option there
At the Magnifier option, tap the button there to green to enable the magnifier
When you want to use the magnifier feature, tap the home button three times rapidly to open the magnifier feature
You are now in the magnifier mode
Point your camera screen to the text that you want to magnify
Drag this button to the right to increase the magnifying zoom
You can also change the effect of the magnifier for easier reading
You can try the inverted mode
Or, change the colour by changing the background to yellow
So, there you have it – Simple steps how you can turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass. Please leave us a comment below on what other uses that you have for this magnifier option.
Please also read our previous article on how to scan document to PDF using iPhone.
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Most of us don’t carry a real magnifying glass around in our pocket or purse, but there are times when it would sure come in handy, like when you’re trying decipher the fine print in a contract or instruction manual, or when you’re trying to find the annoying sliver in your finger. But no magnifying glass, no problem. You can just use your iPhone instead.
The iPhone’s camera works out wonderfully as a magnifying glass when you need it, so you can finally decipher the details of the menu at your favorite restaurant or figure out the elusive serial numbers on your electronics.
Harnessing your iPhone’s magnification powers involves a simple settings tweak and knowing what to do to summon the camera in magnification mode.
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Apple built the Magnifier feature into its iOS accessibility options. To get there, open Settings, tap on General, and choose Accessibility. There are a lot of settings available here, but the one you want is simply called Magnifier. Tap on this and then on the toggle switch to turn it to green.
As Apple explains, “Magnifier lets you use your device’s camera to quickly magnify your surroundings.” The Auto-Brightness option allows the feature to adjust brightness and contrast based on the ambient light. You can also just adjust these settings manually when you use Magnifier.
The way you turn on the Magnifier feature may vary with which device you’re using. Earlier iPhones let you access Magnifier by triple-clicking the home button. If you have an iPhone without a home button, like the iPhone X or XR, then you can quickly turn on Magnifier by triple-clicking the phone’s side button. The Magnifier function also works on iPads.
Once Magnifier is open, you will see a view of your surroundings on the screen courtesy of your camera. A slider along the bottom of the display lets you zoom in and out. The round button let you snap a picture of what you’re looking at.
The three circles on the lower right-hand side let you play around with filtering options, brightness and contrast. The filters range from grayscale to red/black or yellow/blue options. These filters can help people with visual impairments better see what they’re looking at.
The contrast and brightness adjustments can come in handy to illuminate small print or objects in dark settings. For example, upping the brightness can make it easier to see what’s listed in the fine print on the menu in a restaurant with dim lighting.
There are a couple more options on the main magnifier window. The lock icon locks the focus while the lightning bolt turns on your flash to light up whatever you’re looking at. If you’re using this feature on an older device like an iPad without a built-in flash, then you won’t see the lightning bolt, but the rest of the settings will still work.
The Magnifier feature for iPhones can be a great helper as you go about your day. It’s there for you if you forgot your reading glasses. You can use it to get fabulous close-up looks at rocks and leaves when you’re out on a hike. Get used to harnessing the magnifier and you won’t have to sweat the small stuff ever again.
Bonus tip: Make text larger on your iPhone
If you find yourself squinting at your iPhone or struggling to read what’s on the screen, then you should try out a larger text setting to make reading easier on your eyes. Head back into Settings and tap on General and then Larger Text. Here, you can turn on the “Larger Accessibility Sizes” to choose a larger font size. The slider at the bottom lets you adjust it to your liking. You can try different sizes to find the sweet spot between usability and readability for your iPhone.
The iPhone has a secret feature that turns the device into a magnifying glass. Not many people are aware of the feature but it exists. Part of Apple
Here’s how to turn your iPhone’s camera into a magnifying glass.
How to permit Magnifier
- To get the feature, pass into Settings>General> Accessibility
- Tap “Accessibility.”
- Choose “Magnifier.”
- Tap the switch next to Magnifier.
- Tap the transfer next to Auto-Brightness, in case you need Magnifier to modify brightness and contrast relying on ambient light settings.
How to use Magnifier
Once done, faucet the button on the right facet of the phone three times to show at the function. In case you are the use of older models, press the house button to enable the magnifier.
The Magnifier feature works similar to you would use the iPhone’s camera app. Point it at the text or item you need to magnify, and take a picture. Now drag the slider to alter the magnification or tap the lock button to lock the focus in place. You can also use the filter out button to apply diverse filters or turn on the flashlight within the Magnifier. There is also the option to freeze-frame and to zoom in and out at the image.
How to zoom in with the Magnifier
- On an iPhone and iPad with a Home button, triple-press the Home button to prompt the Magnifier. On an iPhone and iPad with Face ID, triple-click on the Side button to prompt the Magnifier.
- Tap, hold, and drag the slider to alter the magnification. Move left to lower magnification and proper to increase.
How to manually modify the brightness and contrast in the Magnifier
- On an iPhone and iPad with a Home button, triple-press the Home button to set off the Magnifier. On an iPhone and iPad with Face ID, triple-click the Side button to activate the Magnifier.
- Tap the Filters button at the backside right nook of your screen. It looks as if three circles pushed together.
- Tap and drag the sliders from left to proper until you attain your favored brightness and contrast.
How to invert colorings and filters in the Magnifier
Depending for your needs, you can invert every filter so that the colours transfer. So instead of it being yellow/blue, wherein dark colors appear yellow and light colours seem blue, you get the exact opposite.
iOS 10 comes with a handy new feature that allows you to read small texts more easily. Called Magnifier, the feature allows you to use the camera of your iPhone to zoom into a text until it is easily readable.
The difference between Magnifier and the Camera app is that the magnifier allows you to zoom in to a larger extent. It’s not built into the Camera app but comes as a separate interface with additional controls to provide a better experience.
The interface includes a slider to adjust the zoom level and provides quick access to flash toggle for reading in low-light. You can also lock the focus as well as adjust the contrast and brightness levels manually.
An interesting feature of Magnifier is that you can capture a picture and read the enlarged text before zooming into another piece of text.
To get started with Magnifier, read the steps below.
How to Use Magnifier in iOS 10
Step 1: Launch the Settings app.
Step 2: Go to General -> Accessibility -> Magnifier.
Step 3: Turn on the toggle for Magnifier. Additionally, you can enable Auto-Brightness so that the brightness and contrast levels are adjusted automatically based on the ambient light settings.
Once you’ve enabled Magnifier, it can be activated by triple pressing the Home button. Doing so opens Magnifier’s interface where you can point your device’s camera at a text and zoom in until the text is readable.
It’s good to see that Apple is doing all it can to extend the Accessibility features of iOS and help users with special usage needs. iOS 10 also adds a new Color Filters option to Accessibility to help users with Color Blindness.
iOS 10 comes with tons of handy features and new changes that enhance your iOS experience. Whether it is new lock screen, HomeKit or new Messages app, iOS 10 is really something you don’t want to miss at all. One of my favorite features in iOS 10 lies in its ability to read small texts.
iOS 10 includes an exciting feature called Magnifier. As its name suggests, the new feature allows users to use their iPhone’s camera to zoom into a text, making it much more readable for anyone with low vision. In reality, you can do the same thing using your phone’s camera, but the main difference here is that Magnifier allows for larger extent. Besides, Magnifier includes a separate user interface with additional control buttons.
Magnifier include a much simpler interface with a slider in the middle for adjusting the zoom level. There are also a flash button for reading in low-light conditions and a lock button that allows you to lock focus.
Magnifier is pretty use on your iPhone. In this tutorial, we will run through the steps to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass. Here we go:
Steps to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass
Step one: First and foremost, you need to launch the Settings app from Home screen
Step two: Once you are in, scroll down to General and tap on it. Tap Accessibility and select Magnifier
Step three: All you have to do now is to tap on the toggle next to Magnifier. Besides, you can also enable Auto-Brightness that adjusts your screen based on ambient light settings by tapping the switch next to Auto-Brightness.
Once you have enabled Magnifier on your iPhone, you can access it by triple-pressing your Home button. Once you are in the Magnifier interface, use your camera to point it at the text you want to read and zoom it until it is more readable for you.
In iOS 10, Apple has added some Accessibility enhancements. Aside from Magnifier, we have display accommodations and speech enhancements.
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