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.