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If you have to squint to read either write words on your phone or computer screen, you won’t enjoy your Apple device much. Not to mention the headache-inducing blue light.

Apple has a number of accessibility features that you can explore and customize in Settings > Accessibility. With the release of iOS 15, Apple’s Zoom feature has a new reworked accessibility feature. This tool is also available in Mac.

Here’s what you need to know about the Zoom feature.

What is Apple’s Zoom tool?

The Zoom feature allows you to enlarge specific parts of your screen. You can customize the feature to enlarge the entire screen or a draggable window view. Zoom also allows you to activate gestures such as double-tapping with three fingers to activate Zoom, moving around the screen, and changing the magnification.

Where can I find Apple’s Zoom tool?

To find Zoom, open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, tap accessibility and choose zoom.

How the zoom tool works

This is what you will turn on or off to make the magnification feature work better for you.

  • FollowFocus allows you to keep track of your selections, such as your text insertion point, as well as your typing.
  • smart writing will be available if you activate Follow Focus. This allows you to switch to Window Zoom when the keyboard appears. Window Zoom enlarges a section of the screen into a window that you can drag to expand what you need to see, like a digital magnifying glass. Also, once the keyboard appears, you can double-tap to zoom in on where you’re typing, but the keyboard stays in place.
  • Keyboard shortcuts only applies if you have connected an external keyboard to your iPad. If so, just turn on the option to find and customize keyboard shortcuts like toggle Zoom, move your window, and resize your window. If you open Zoom on your Mac, you can activate Zoom keyboard shortcuts, scroll gestures, scroll text, and zoom on the Touch Bar. For example, toggle zoom is Option-Command-8. Pressing that combination allows you to zoom in and out. You can also choose whether to zoom in full screen, split screen, or picture-in-picture mode.

You can find the Zoom feature on the Accessibility tab in Settings.

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  • zoom controller gives you quick access to determine what triggers for single, double, and triple taps on the screen. You can also choose Show controller on screen. This puts a small icon on the screen which I found useful when moving the window around the screen. Think of it like a little map to keep you oriented when you’ve zoomed in on a section of the screen. You can choose between five different colors to make the icon more visible, as well as change the opacity.
  • zoom region lets you choose between Window Zoom, Full Screen Zoom, or Pinned Zoom. Window Zoom will enlarge a section of your screen, but you will still be able to see part of the screen without enlarging and scroll through that area. Full screen zoom removes the window and works like a double tap to zoom and scroll through a photo. Pinned Zoom lets you choose a specific section of the screen (top, left, right, or bottom) and keeps the unpinned section at normal size.
  • zoom filters allows you to customize the color of the zoomed section as inverted, grayscale, inverted grayscale, or low light.
  • maximum zoom level is a simple slider that allows you to customize the magnification from 1.2x to 15x.

For more information, see these Six hidden iOS 15 tricks we found.


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