iOS 10 – How to Use your iPhone’s Camera as a Magnifier

There are a bunch of new features on the iOS 10, and one of those is letting you use the device’s camera as a magnifier. This is great for those moments when you want to read something and all you have in the immediate vicinity is your iPhone. It should be noted, however, that this new magnifier feature should not be confused with the Text Size and Zoom features wherein the latter will make your on-screen text larger. With the use of the magnifier feature, you will make use of the phone’s camera and flashlight so that you can always see those tiny little details.

iOS 10 - How to Use your iPhone's Camera as a Magnifier

Using Your iPhone’s Camera With iOS 10 as a Magnifier

Step 1 – The first step is to enable the magnifier feature on your iOS 10 device first.  To do that, head on to Settings, and then tap on General. Within the General portion of Settings, head to and tap on Accessibility. You will then be able to see the Magnifier feature as plain as day. Now all you have to do is tap on it and turn the slider on. You will now when it is on when the slider turns green. In here, you can also enable the Auto-Brightness features for the phone to automatically adjust the brightness and contrast of whatever it is you’re trying to look at based on ambient light settings.

Step 2 – With the magnifier enabled, it is now time to learn how to use it on your iPhone with iOS 10. To start the feature up, do a triple-click on the Home button. This will then let the device show a menu called Accessibility shortcuts. Select the Magnifier from the list to activate the feature.

Step 3 – The Magnifier will then open up and it will, by default, open up to its lowest level zoom, which means no zoom at all. At the left, you will be able to see the default zoom on some 4-point type. When you slide the “Zoom” slider, you will be able to get a better view at those tiny texts that you might be trying to read.

Step 4 – If you’re inside a dimly lit room, then you can turn on the flashlight built into the magnifier feature in your iOS 10 device to get a better look at those tiny details. Tap the lightning bolt button found on the lower left to access the phone’s flashlight feature while using the magnifier. By the way, it will automatically use the lower setting once it turns on so you don’t have to worry about blinding people with it.


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