Your iPhone is about to help you see more clearly.

There’s nothing worse than when you’re reading something, and the text is so tiny that it’s forcing you to squint your eyes. Come on, nobody needs to print text that tiny!

Perhaps you wear glasses and between the brightness and the text size, you simply can’t quite see what’s going on.

Apple have designed a feature called the magnifier which works by essentially transforming your iPhone into a magnifying glass.

Maybe you’re trying to read the menu in your favourite restaurant or perhaps you’ve got a book you’re into and the author decided that he wanted to save the cost of printing so made the font size sickeningly small.

Whatever it is, magnifier lets you use your camera to zoom in on labels, newspapers, books, menus and so much more. All with the greatest of ease.

Get up close and personal.

This feature is hidden away in your accessibility settings and is a feature designed to make life a whole lot easier for anyone with low vision.

Magnifier on iPhone.
Magnifier is about to make your life a whole lot easier. 

Here’s where to find it:

1) Launch Settings from your Home screen.

2) Tap Accessibility.

3) Tap Magnifier.

4) Tap the toggle to turn it on.

5) If you want the Magnifier to adjust your brightness, tap the toggle next to Auto-brightness.

Once you’ve set it up, triple-press the lock button on your iPhone to load it up.

You’ll then want to use it to zoom in, otherwise it’s pretty pointless.

1) On your iPhone, triple-press the lock button.

2) Tap, hold and drag the slider to adjust the level of magnification.

3) To decrease the magnification, slide it to the left.

4) To increase the magnification, slide it to the right.

Magnifier on iPhone.
See things like never before with magnifier on your iPhone. 

Light it up.

If your partner is sick of you having the lamp on to read or you find yourself in the dark pits of your loft trying to sieve through labelled boxes, a light would come in handy.

There’s a way you can combine your torch and your magnifier to create a duo so dynamic, you’ll never see the world the same again.

1) Triple press your lock button to activate magnifier.

2) Tap the Flashlight button – it looks a little like a lightning bolt.

Voila! You’ve got yourself a magnifying glass with a torch built in. That should save you some earache at bedtime…

Lock it in.

You might be familiar with refocus on your iPhone’s camera. If you’re too close to an object, your iPhone gets all funny and stressed and starts trying to refocus.

The same thing happens on magnifier. Luckily for you, there’s a way you can lock the focus so that you don’t have to deal with this.

1) Triple-press your lock button to activate magnifier.

2) Tap the Focus Lock button – it looks a little like a padlock.

Hold it right there.

Maybe you’ve zoomed in on a menu in a restaurant and you’re one step closer to seeing what exactly is in the ravioli. The trouble is the ingredients list is about a mile long, and you can’t stay zoomed in long enough to get a proper look.

There is a feature on magnifier that lets you take a freeze frame so you can zoom in and out on a still image rather than trying to do it live.

1) Triple-press your lock button to activate the magnifier.

2) Tap the Freeze Frame button in the bottom centre of your screen. It’s the very same button you’d use to take a picture with the camera.

3) Tap and drag the magnification slider back and forth to zoom in and out on the image.

4) To return to live Magnifier, tap the freeze frame.

The beauty is in the details.

Now that the world is opening back up, you’ll soon be free to galivant around as you please. Whether that’s out for dinner, to the aquarium, the zoo or for a little trip to the coast.

Don’t let low vision take away the enjoyment of these activities, use your iPhone as your very own magnifying glass.

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