Using a ‘traditional’ magnifier can sometimes mean you are carrying a large, heavy object. Since iOS 10, (around September 2016) Apple have now enhanced their accessibility settings again to include a magnifier that can be accessed with a simple quick triple-click of the home button. Read how to get this feature on your smartphone.
How To Use The New ‘Hidden’ Magnifier!
To be able to use this new feature you need to first turn it on through the Settings app. This post will guide you through how that’s done and then you’ll be able to easily and quickly access it from the home button.
What to do
1. Access your Settings app – You can ask Siri to ‘Open Settings’ or go to the app icon and tap it opened.
2. Navigate to “General” > select it, then tap the “Accessibility” tab
From this accessibility screen, you need to navigate to > “Magnifier” and slide the button across to turn it on. Now you will be able to use the device camera to magnify things quickly and with enhanced settings.
You can also enable the optional > “Auto Brightness” to adjust contrast and brightness according to ambient light
Once enabled, you can now click your home button 3 times to launch the Magnifier – however, you may have already enabled other accessible features when triple clicking. If you have, then options will slide up for you to choose which accessible option you would like. I have mine set to VoiceOver as well as Magnifier.
Lock Focus and Colour
• Users can lock focus and adjust colours when this feature is in use.
Users can invert colours once a frame of text has been snapped and zoomed into. Colours can be adjusted by selecting options such as Yellow/Blue or White/Blue, and brightness and contrast can be increased or decreased until the text on the screen is clearly visible.
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