My iPhone Zoomed In And Won’t Zoom Out. Here’s The Fix!

You’re staring at a tiny, zoomed in section of your iPhone’s screen, and you can’t zoom out. When you press the Home button or open an app, the screen zooms out for an instant and then zooms right back in. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone is zoomed in and won’t zoom out and how to stop the problem from coming back.

Why Is My iPhone Stuck Zoomed In?

zoomYour iPhone is stuck zoomed in because an accessibility feature called Zoom is turned on in Settings. Zoom makes it easier for people with low vision to use their iPhones by allowing them to zoom in on certain parts of the screen.

zoom on in settings

If you don’t know how to use Zoom, it’s easy to get stuck zoomed in because finger gestures like pinch to zoom don’t work. The gestures for Zoom have to be different so that the normal app zoom features still work while the iPhone is zoomed in on part of the display.

How To Use The Zoom Accessibility Feature On Your iPhone

zoom text in accessibilityWhen you turn on Zoom in the Settings app, you’ll see the following text:

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 zoom

How To Zoom Out On Your iPhone

To zoom out, double-tap three fingers on your iPhone’s display. 

How To Turn Off Zoom On Your iPhone

To turn off Zoom, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Zoom and turn off the switch next to Zoom.

turn off iphone zoom

How Is The Zoom Accessibility Setting Different Than Zoom In Apps On My iPhone?

The Zoom feature in Settings -> Accessibility allows you to zoom in on a section of the entire iPhone’s display. When you zoom in using apps, you only zoom in on a specific part of the content, not the display itself.

For example, when you pinch to zoom in on a website in Safari, you’re only zooming in on the website itself – the clock stays the same size. When you use the Zoom accessibility feature, the entire display zooms in, including the clock.

Wrapping It Up

Now that you’ve learned how to use the Zoom feature on your iPhone, you can choose to turn it off, or leave it on if you sometimes have difficulty seeing your iPhone. I have a friend with low vision who uses it all the time, and he makes it look like second nature. If you’d like to share, I’d like to hear about your experiences with the Zoom feature in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading, and remember to pay it forward,
David P.

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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Olivia
2 months ago

i cant fix safari what do i do

Nellie
5 months ago

Thank you for posting this Zoom article. I kept getting stuck on Zoom and could not Zoom out regardless of what I did. It was driving me insane! Then I read your article and found the solution to this annoying problem. Much appreciated!

k j
6 months ago

Thank for posting this. This was driving me crazy. Had no idea why it was happening. Now that I know why, and know how to resolve it, I can decide myself if I want to turn off the feature or not. Much appreciated.

dewayne bell
8 months ago

My nieces iphone 11 will not zoom out and we can’t power it off due to the phone being zoomed in 3 fingers double tap will not work

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David Lynch
7 months ago
Reply to  dewayne bell

Try a hard reset — quickly press and release the volume up button, then quickly press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears. Her iPhone will turn on again shortly after.

Naomi
7 months ago
Reply to  David Lynch

Thank you very much, my iPhone 12 was zoomed out and I was panicking so much. I did the hard reset and it immediately went back to normal. ??

Joanne
10 months ago

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! My iPhone SE did this to me two weeks in a row while I was using a store app to do my grocery shopping. So frustrating. Now I can make sure I can shop in peace!

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David Lynch
10 months ago
Reply to  Joanne

Glad we were able to help you fix the problem with your iPhone!

Robin Anne Lucia Hachadoorian
10 months ago

Whoops! I said Zoom was turned off but I meant on. I turned it off and got my screen back.

carole
9 months ago

Zoom is on and I cannot it turn off on my iPhone 12.

Robin Anne Lucia Hachadoorian
10 months ago

I had a problem with my iPhone 8 constantly bouncing from a screen that showed part of the content (ex: the 8 from to make a call) to normal size. People who thought they knew everything to know gave all kinds of reasons such as I had too many apps open or I had too many emails. Even someone at Apple asked me how long I’ve had the phone (3 years) and said it was about to die. Yes, I said Apple. I tried many times to get an answer online. Finally I asked again and tried the first of… Read more »

Mary Anne Kazlauskas
10 months ago

I cannot get out of Zoom. Tapping does not work. Sprint sent me here. I am handicapped and need my phone.

Edgar
10 months ago

It is Google’s attempt to force you to use the Google Search app or Google Chrome mobile browser and do away with iOS Safari. Another unfair anti-competitive business practice that hurts users.

Read
11 months ago

How do I unlock the phone if it’s zoom in.

Read
11 months ago

How do we zoom on the screen.

bnt
1 year ago

THANK YOUUUUU!

madeleine g
1 year ago

My phone is stuck in Zoom and I tried to solve it with this but it won’t work what should I do.

Anne Marie 'ria' Mitchell
1 year ago

Thank you worked perfectly

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David Lynch
1 year ago

Glad we were able to help!

Peter Massingham
1 year ago

Thank crikey for that! I had a heck of a day yesterday. tried to escape the magnification on the screen and ended up calling the emergency services by mistake. I couldn’t do anything on it. Only just got the phone and was ready to send it back!! You solved it! Many thanks!

Allison
1 year ago

OMG! I did the exact same thing Peter! I was in a total panic as the phone was shrieking, flashing red and telling me it was calling 000! I could do nothing to stop it ?
Thanks so much for your cool advice David!

Stephen
12 days ago
Reply to  Allison

Peter and Alison. I did that as well!!
Great to finally find a simple fix!

Michelle
1 year ago

I have an iPhone 12 Pro. The Lock screen keeps zooming in. I have checked multiple times and the zoom IS NOT turned on. How do I keep it from zooming in?

Talitha
1 year ago

THANK YOU! My phone kept zooming in and I didn’t know why or how to fix it, so I kept restarting my phone. So glad that problem is solved now! 🙂

craig
1 year ago

my phone is cutting off all of my web pages,, sliced them off of the screen

J.J.
1 year ago

When playing Words With Friends: first letter I play Zooms up the acreen on both iPad and iPhone. None of the Accessibility-Zoom tips help. It’s driving me mad. Bug is right. (It’s zooming in and out as I type this ??‍♀️).

lmwlaw
1 year ago

iphone is re-adding zoom after I toggle off the zoom feature manually via Settings-Accessibility. The phone or app is re-adding/restarting zoom when i want it off completely and forever — this is a BIG BUG

Cassandra Cooper
1 year ago

Fantastic. Thank you so much… problem solved!

Melissa
1 year ago

Here is what worked for me… Spread three fingers apart a bit and tap down on the screen. While in contact with the screen, slide your three fingers together. Good luck!

Neka
1 year ago
Reply to  Melissa

Yes, this worked for me as well. Thank you!

Grady
1 year ago

If this happens on your iPhone it wasn’t my zoom features turned on in the accessibility panel. it was zoom turned up to 300% in the safari settings. In the setting of Safari, look under zoom. Corrected it by setting Google back to 100%

Andrews
1 year ago

Hello everyone! I have an iphone 12 and my phone got Zoomed in and locked. I tried to tap with 3 fingers, 4, 5, etc. I did everything possible that I found on the internet. Nothing works. I also ended up called 911 by mistake!!! I was giving up!! Until I FINALLY SOLVED IT! Do this: Press button volume up, then press button volume down (not at the same time. One first, then the other) (now you have the option to turn it off without the option to call the police). Here, you have to try to find the way… Read more »

M DOG
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrews

Omg i was literally crying but u saved me!!!!!!

EnzyLuck
1 year ago

It worked! Thank you so much. I tried everything including asking Siri, trying to reboot and turning it off. Nothing worked until I read your post as double tapped the screen with three fingers. Yay! The k you again!

breezy$
1 year ago

BRO , MY PHONE WONT TURN OFF or open any apps

Savana
1 year ago

I double tapped with three fingers to try the zoom option on my iphone, but now no matter how many time i try double tapping with three fingers it wont go back to normal, i am beggining to worry

JoAnn Sweeney
1 year ago
Reply to  Savana

Hi Savanna. How was your phone fixed?

Jennifer
1 year ago

Oh my gosh!!! Thank you!

Asa
2 years ago

Thanks!!

John DeCenzo
2 years ago

I , in frustration powered down then powered up and issue was gone.

geraldine
2 years ago

shite

Vincent Mirasol
2 years ago

My iPhone 11pro is Zoom extra large screen and I’m unable to enter my password number to get to settings, tried three finger double tap, still unable to zoom back to normal screen. Please help.

reyhan
2 years ago

hey can you solve your problem pls?? same thing happened to me

Mike
2 years ago
Reply to  reyhan

Literally just happened to me too, I tried turning it off but it ended up calling the police for me.

Maria Arredondo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Hello,

Did you find a fix for this? I have done the same thing.

auston
2 years ago

Iphone 11 turned on Zoom or extra large accessibility. Cant see enough numbers to enter my passcode to get into the phone. Now I tried the 3 finger tap & it doesn’t work. Help.

Last edited 2 years ago by auston
Vincent Mirasol
2 years ago
Reply to  auston

Same issue with Auston. Please help me. Thanks.

erica
2 years ago

thank you this really helped 🙂

Larry Hibbard
2 years ago

Iphone 11 Accidentally turned on Zoom or extra large accessibility. Cant see enough numbers to enter my passcode to get into the phone. Now I tried the 3 finger tap & it doesn’t work. Help.

Cindy
2 years ago

i am locked in a zoomed-in view on google app only, went into setting and tried to reset which was unsuccessful.

Kelly
2 years ago

Just upgraded to iPhone 11 two days ago. I was super confused just now when I went to unlock and my lock screen was zoomed in such that it was inoperable and restart with buttons wasn’t working while locked. The his was the fix i needed. Thank you!!!

Wendy
2 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

What fix?

aba
2 years ago

i am locked in a zoomed-in view! There is no way to zoom out as the iph is locked now!

lucy
2 years ago

i seriously cant even unlock my Iphone because its zoomed an i cant move it to press my password numbers (i dont have a finger print on it).

Marybeth Brice
2 years ago

Iphone 6s. Accidentally turned on Zoom or extra large accessibility. Cant see enough numbers to enter my passcode to get into the phone. Now I tried the 3 finger tap & it doesn’t work. Help.

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