YOUR iPhone has a hidden camera feature that you almost certainly missed.
The magnifying glass tool uses your iPhone’s built-in camera to zoom in on text or objects so you can see them more clearly.
The magnifying glass has been around for years but was highlighted in a recent video posted by tech guru TikTok Katarina Mogus.
This is part of Apple’s accessibility features designed to meet users’ visual, physical, and auditory needs.
The idea is that people with visual impairments can use it to make their life easier, but it’s also very useful for general users.
“The magnifying glass works like a digital magnifying glass,” Apple explains on its website.
“It uses your iPhone’s camera to increase the size of whatever you’re pointing at, so you can see details more clearly.
“Use flash to illuminate the object, adjust filters to help you differentiate colors, or take a photo for a static close-up.”
It’s pretty easy to unlock.
First, you need to open your Settings app.
Then press Accessibilityfollowed by Guided accesswhich is at the bottom of the page.
Rotate Guided Access On then return to the accessibility settings page.
Faucet Accessibility shortcuts and knock Magnifying glass.
Now, every time you triple-tap your iPhone screen, you open the Magnifier tool.
This will launch a greatly enlarged version of the camera app.
You can control the zoom level with a slider at the bottom of the page, depending on how far you want to look.
There’s also the option to take still images using the magnifying glass, so you don’t have to hold your phone over the text you’re trying to read.
You can change the color and brightness of the image you’re viewing, and also turn on the flash, which comes in handy in the dark.
Accessibility features are primarily designed to help people with mental or physical disabilities.
However, they can also be useful for able-bodied users.
You can use accessibility tools to set up voice commands to perform a number of tasks.
These include opening the control center, going to the home screen, opening specific apps, and more.
You can even use the feature to dictate and edit text using your voice.
Other accessibility features in iOS include VoiceOver, which reads websites or text messages aloud, and Assistive Touch, which places a digital home button on your screen.
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