Accessibility Overview Workbook Series 5: Zoom

Section 6: Zoom

In this workbook series we will learn how to access basic accessibility features on a mobile device running iOS (iPad/iPhone). Today’s lesson will cover section 6 (Zoom).

To access Zoom settings:

Settings→Accessibility→Zoom.  Toggle Zoom On.

(For devices running an older iOS:  Settings→General→Accessibility→Zoom)   

From Settings on iOS:

Image description contains text that describes Zoom gestures:

Zoom magnifies the entire screen:

  • Double-tap three fingers to zoom
  • Drag three fingers to move around the screen
  • Double-tap three fingers and drag to change the zoom

Screenshot of Zoom in Settings with text describing Zoom magnification commands.

Set Zoom as an accessibility shortcut:  Settings→ Accessibility→ Accessibility Shortcut  

From the Apple User Guide (

“Set up Zoom

  1. Go to Settings  > Accessibility > Zoom, then turn on Zoom.
  2. Adjust any of the following:
    • Follow Focus: Track your selections, the text insertion point, and your typing.
    • Smart Typing: Switch to Window Zoom when a keyboard appears.
    • Keyboard Shortcuts: Turn on keyboard shortcuts to control Zoom.
    • Zoom Controller: Turn the controller on, set controller actions, and adjust the color and opacity.
    • Zoom Region: Choose Full Screen Zoom or Window Zoom.
    • Zoom Filter: Choose None, Inverted, Grayscale, Grayscale Inverted, or Low Light.
    • Maximum Zoom Level: Drag the slider to adjust the level.
  3. To add Zoom to Accessibility Shortcut, go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut, then tap Zoom.”

“Use Zoom

  1. Double-tap the screen with three fingers or use accessibility shortcuts to turn on Zoom.
  2. To see more of the screen, do any of the following:
    • Adjust the magnification: Double-tap the screen with three fingers (without lifting your fingers after the second tap), then drag up or down. Or triple-tap with three fingers, then drag the Zoom Level slider.
    • Move the Zoom lens: (Window Zoom) Drag the handle at the bottom of the Zoom lens.
    • Pan to another area: (Full Screen Zoom) Drag the screen with three fingers.
  3. To adjust the settings with the Zoom menu, triple-tap with three fingers, then adjust any of the following:
    • Choose Region: Choose Full Screen Zoom or Window Zoom.
    • Resize Lens: (Window Zoom) Tap Resize Lens, then drag any of the round handles that appear.
    • Choose Filter: Choose Inverted, Grayscale, Grayscale Inverted, or Low Light.
    • Show Controller: Show the Zoom Controller.
  4. To use the Zoom Controller, do any of the following:
    • Show the Zoom menu: Tap the controller.
    • Zoom in or out: Double-tap the controller.
    • Pan: When zoomed in, drag the controller.

While using Zoom with Magic Keyboard, the screen image follows the insertion point, keeping it in the center of the display. See Use Magic Keyboard.

To turn off Zoom, double-tap the screen with three fingers or use accessibility shortcuts.

On supported models , you can turn on Display Zoom to see larger onscreen controls. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > View.”



Zoom Worksheet


Use Three Finger, Triple Tap to bring up Zoom controls.  


State below what each control does:


Zoom out:


Zoom in


Choose region:




Resize lens


Choose filter:







Show controller:

Hide Controller:

Download attached Zoom Worksheet here.

Tell us if you have used the Zoom feature on iOS.  Leave a comment below!

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