How to Use iPhone Camera as a Magnifier in iOS 10

If you have difficulty in reading text on your iPhone or iPad, you can use your device camera to magnify printed text in iOS 10.

iOS 10 has brought some interesting features, which had been missing for a long time and were certainly on the wishlists of many iPhone users– including me. The ability to clear all notifications at one go using 3D Touch, enable/disable individual read receipts in Messages app, and Safari Split-View is really awesome.

One feature that has instantly attracted my attention is hidden under Accessibility called Magnifier. It allows you to use your iPhone or iPad camera as magnifying glass in order to let you read printed text a lot easily. Here is how it works:

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How to Enable and Use Magnifier Feature in iOS 10 on Your iPhone or iPad

Step #1. First of all, you will need to launch Settings app on your iPhone/iPad → Next up, tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Now, you have to tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone Settings in iOS 10

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Step #3. Under Vision, tap on Magnifier.

Tap on Magnifier in Accessibility Settings on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #4. Finally, you will have to turn on the switch next to Magnifier.

Turn On Magnifier in iOS 10 on iPhone

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That’s it!

How to Use iPhone/iPad Camera to Magnify Printed Text

Step #1. Next up, you need to triple-click the Home button. This action will open the camera with magnified effect.

Step #2. There you are! Now, you will need to use the camera of your device to read the text. There is also an option to adjust the magnifier. Simply drag the button from left to right to increase the text size and drag it towards left to decrease the same.

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Use iPhone Camera as Magnifier on iPhone

Additional Features

#1. Tap on the electric icon at the bottom left corner to turn on the torch.

Turn ON Torch to Read Magnified Text using iPhone Camera

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#2. If you want to use the different color, tap on the icon from the bottom right corner.

iPhone Magnifier Glass Settings

#3. You can adjust the contrast by dragging the buttons.

Adjust Brightness and Contrast in iPhone Magnifier

#4. You can inverse the colors and besides, there are options to select other colors such as Yellow/Blue, Greyscale, Yellow/Black and Red/Black. Simply swipe right to choose your preferred color combination.

Inverse the Colors while Using iPhone As Magnifier


That’s all there is to it!

It’s indeed a very handy feature for those who have difficulty in reading the text, isn’t it.

If you have not installed iOS 10 beta on your iPhone as yet and wish to test it out, you can get your hands on it even if you don’t have a developer account.

The public beta of iOS 10 is set to arrive in July. It is to be launched publicly this fall.

Have you download iOS 10 beta? Do share your experience with us in the comment, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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