Use Your iPhone As a Magnifying Glass

A new Accessibility function in iOS 10 allows you to use your iPhone as a high-tech magnifying glass. You can focus, zoom, turn on the LED light, use special light filters and even freeze the image.

Comments: 14 Responses to “Use Your iPhone As a Magnifying Glass”

    Bill
    3 years ago

    Once you have frozen the screen you can click on the image to save to photos

    bernie
    3 years ago

    I tried it out and it works great. It will be especially helpful ordering food in a theater grill when I can’t see the menu in the dark. I also used it to look at anomilies on my skin that I can’t see that well.

    CK Brennan
    3 years ago

    This doesn’t seem to work on my iPhone 5. It is updated with 10.0,02 software. Does it not work on the “5”?

    3 years ago

    CK: Probably not. I don’t see anywhere with requirements listed for this feature — it is a pretty minor feature. But I’m not surprised that it needs more current camera and graphics hardware.

    CK Brennan
    3 years ago

    Oh my! Now it is working. I did sign in to unlock so maybe that is the key.
    Thank you so much for your prompt response and all the wonderful information to help me keep up!!!

    Dan
    3 years ago

    Really appreciate this tip. Especially taking a photo and scrolling to Other areas. Great for my prescription medication.

    Linda DesGroseilliers
    3 years ago

    Great tutorial! I also like that you can save the image to photos – will make it useful for sharing. Thanks!

    Anne
    3 years ago

    This trick is brilliant ! I’ve been longing for a magnifying glass. Thanks Gary for letting me know. I rely on you so much for keeping me up to date.

    Molly
    3 years ago

    Thank you! Great to know about this feature. My husband will definitely use it when he doesn’t have his glasses handy!

    Barry Brown
    3 years ago

    Thanku Gary

    It is on the new iphone 5 SE and what a great feature it is.

    E Bond Francisco
    3 years ago

    Can’t figure out how to save frozen image to photos.

    3 years ago

    E: Tap the big button to freeze the image. Then tap and hold the image for a second to bring up the Save Image option.

    JA Kelch
    3 years ago

    How do I get rid of the previous image in the magnifier?
    When I return to Magnifier after exiting it, that same image is still there.

    3 years ago

    JA: Do you mean when you freeze the image? Notice then that the big button at the bottom has a highlight around it. Simply tap the button to unfreeze the image and get the current view.

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