With the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a new feature is getting the bad rap. Display Zoom. Tucked under Display & Brightness setting, the Display Zoom modifies the “view” of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus display.

The feature is intended for a small niche of people: folks who might need spectacles to read or use their iPhones but find the typical zoom feature too cumbersome (or ugly).

How to Turn on off Display Zoom on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

What’s Display Zoom?

The image below shows how the homescreen looks with/without display zoom on iPhone 6. In the default state, the iPhone 6 has normal icons, well-spaced and smaller (normal) text. In the right image, where Display Zoom is turned on, you’ll notice that the icons and text are bigger, the padding between the icons is lesser.

What is Display Zoom on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Turning on/off Display Zoom

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Display & Brightness
  • Tap on View under the Display Zoom label

Turning on off Display Zoom on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

  • You should see two tabs on top – Standard and Zoomed
  • To turn on display zoom, tap on Zoomed.
  • Standard turns off the display zoom feature.

You will also be shown how your iPhone’s screen looks when you have display zoom set to on/off.

What’s Happening? – Pixels

What’s really happening is simple.

When Display Zoom is turned on:

  • The iPhone 6 Plus mimics the iPhone 6’s screen.
  • The iPhone 6 mimics the iPhone 5/5s screen.

What do I mean by “mimics”? When Display Zoom is enabled, the iPhone 6 Plus screen looks like the iPhone 6’s screen albeit zoomed to fit the display size of the iPhone 6 Plus.

In terms of resolution:
The iPhone 6 Plus’s display resolution (1080x1920px in terms of pure pixels) is about (1.44)^2 times more than iPhone 6 (750x1334px). The ratio is quite the same but there are more pixels for clarity. The result is that the icons and text is supposedly even more sharper (but same size).

The iPhone 6’s resolution, likewise, has (1.17^2)-times more pixels than the iPhone 5/5s.

By using Display Zoom, the iPhone 6 Plus tries to mimic the iPhone 6’s resolution point and it does this by zooming in on an iPhone 6 screen. Ditto for iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/s too.

The result is that you have a partially “zoomed-in” view of the existing interface. Not exactly useful or likable for a majority of people but folks who can’t read small text (but are annoyed by the default zoom feature in iOS) will find it useful.

  • Breastfed til 13 #RogerSquad

    Go to settings,general, accessibility, zoom, turn off zoom

  • Karl Fengler

    My wife’s iPhone 6 has this same issue. It’s zoom in so far you can only see maybe 5% of the home screen.
    I hope she gets this resolved real soon, she keeps using my Galaxy S6 now!!!

  • Alexandra David

    My iphone 5 did this and now my new iphone 6 just goes into gigantor mode where the zoom is so zoomed that I can only see parts of the icons. i can’t even turn the phone off because i can’t get to the swipe area. When I’ve taken it in for service, they claim this is really rare and just tap it to go back to normal size. sometimes I have to tap for over 3 minutes. I don’t know what causes it and I don’t know what ultimately takes it back to normal. It’s really frustrating.

  • Thomas Mathew

    even when i have standard display the screen is zoomed and I cant access all applications on the screen

  • Lou

    They need a small option for those of us that wanted more real estate with a bigger screen. The UI is quite comical set at standard.

    • Bill

      how do you sign in the the iPhone 6 when zoom is enabled?

      • jeri

        i need help with mine too, its so zoomed i can only see a few apps and unfortunately settings icon isnt one of them……..

        • Mary

          Hi Jeri I have a 6s and mine is like your zoomed so much I can’ find apps. Took mine to Apple Store and this kid said easy tapped on it and walla this 79 year old woman gave him a hug and walked out very happy. Now it did it again and the Taps ……not working