TPS Tech Tips: How to Activate and Use the Magnifier on an iPhone

TPS Tech Tips: How to Activate and Use the Magnifier on an iPhone

Have you experienced difficulty reading the fine print of a document or maybe you want to read the label on your newly purchased groceries? To help you see more clearly Apple have created a Magnifier! You may zoom on small prints easily by using your standard iOS camera app but utilising it’s Magnifier can be more beneficial as it has specific features for certain needs. For example, you can zoom in further than 1ox and you can use special built-in filters to easily read or capture fine details.

In this article, we explain the basics of what the Apple Magnifier is and how to use it.

What Is the Magnifier On An iPhone?
iPhone’s Magnifier is an accessibility tool that basically turns your iPhone into a magnifying glass. This tool is especially useful for people who are experiencing difficulties seeing small text in a book, pamphlet or labels. To access this tool, visit your iPhone’s Settings tab and follow the simple steps we have compiled for you below.

How To Turn On The Magnifier Using The Settings App On The iPhone

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings.
2. Tap General.
3. Tap Accessibility.
4. Tap Magnifier.
5. Tap the switch next to Magnifier to turn it on.
6. To open the Magnifier, triple-click your iPhone’s Home button

How To Add Magnifier To Control Centre On An iPhone

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings.
2. Tap Control Centre.
3. Tap Customise Controls to go to the Control Centre customisation menu.
4. Scroll down and tap the green plus button next to Magnifier to add it to Control Centre.

How To Use Magnifier On An iPhone

Now that you have access to your iPhone’s Magnifier, you can now use it to magnify the writing you wish to read. Triple-click the iPhone’s Home button or tap the Magnifier icon in the Control Centre. Once you do this you will be taken to the Magnifier which looks a lot similar to the Camera app. Here are the things that you will see in the Magnifier:

1. A preview of the area your iPhone is zooming in on.
2. A slider that lets you zoom in or out.
3. A Lightning bolt icon that toggles the flash on and off.
4. A lock icon that turns yellow once you’ve selected an area to focus on.
5. Three overlapping circles in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, for the adjustment of colour and brightness
6. A circular button, that you’ll press if you want to take a “picture” of the area that you’re magnifying.

How To Save A Picture Taken Using Magnifier

1. Press the circular button in Magnifier to take a picture of the area.
2. Press and hold any area of the picture.
3. A small menu will appear, choose if you want to Save Image or Share.
4. Tap Save Image to save the picture to the Photos app of your iPhone.

These are the steps on how to use your iPhone’s Magnifier. If you are experiencing any problems with your Apple device don’t hesitate to visit us. The Phone Shop is a family run, proudly independent smart-device repair shop. We have repaired all kinds of devices from smartphones to tablets since 2009. With over 75,000 happy customers, our technicians are Bristol’s number 1 repair specialists. Our specialists are people you can trust when it comes to giving a great repair service. If you have any concerns and questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 01179424400 or send us a message at [email protected]. Our friendly team will be happy to help you.

TPS Tech Tips: Customise your Samsung Home Screen

TPS Tech Tips: Customise your Samsung Home Screen

Most people don’t actively ‘theme’ their phones but they usually change the layout of their home screen. Layout is the way of arranging the apps and widgets on your phone’s screen. Some people like their home screen to be as clean as possible with only little icons visible. Even though we have different preferences, we all believe that the space on our home screen is important.

Here are some ideas for customising your Samsung Home screen’s layout:

Adding Home Screen pages on Samsung

1. Tap and hold on your Home screen to bring up the Home screen manager
2. Swipe left to scroll the screen to the right.
3. Tap the add button. Each + button adds one home screen to your phone.

Removing Home Screen pages on Samsung

1. Tap and hold on your Home screen to bring up the Home screen manager.
2. Hold the page you wish to remove.
3. Drag the page over the Remove button and release.

Toggling the Flipboard’s Briefing screen

One of the features of Samsung is the Flipboard app that houses the ‘Briefing’ screen which shows you the latest information on its news stream. While some people find this helpful, some do not. So, here’s how you can turn it on or off:

1. Swipe right to scroll left.
2. Toggle the Briefing switch to on or off, as you desire.

Changing the grid size in Samsung

Another great idea from Samsung is that they allow you to customise your chosen grid size. If you are an app junkie and require all of your apps to be in the same place, then this is perfect for you. If you enjoy your wallpaper, changing the grid size can help you spread out your icons so you can see more of your chosen background.

1. Tap and hold anywhere on your Home screen to bring up the Home screen manager.
2. Tap on the screen grid option of your choice to preview it:

  • 5×5
  • 4X4
  • 4X5

3. Tap Apply.

Adding a widget to your Home Screen on Samsung Galaxy

1. Tap and hold on your Home screen to bring up Home screen manager view.
2. Tap Widgets.
3. Swipe left to see the available widgets.
4. Tap on the widget you would like to use.
5. Tap and hold the widget option of your choice for your widget.
6. Drag the widget option to the location on the screen where you want it and release.

Removing a Widget on Samsung Galaxy

1. Tap and hold the widget that you want to remove.
2. Drag the widget over the remove button (trash can icon) and release.

Searching for Widgets on Samsung Galaxy

1. Tap and hold on your Home screen to bring up Home screen manager view.
2. Tap Widgets.
3. Tap more in the upper right corner.
4. Tap Search widgets.
5. Type the name or category of the widget that you are looking for.
6. Tap the widget to view its options.
7. Once you find the widget you want to use, drag it to the space where you want it to be placed

These are just some of the ways that you can customise your Samsung’s Home Screen. If you are experiencing any problems with your Android device, don’t hesitate to visit us.

The Phone Shop, is a family run, proudly independent, smart-device repair shop. We have repaired all kinds of devices from smartphones to tablets since 2009. With over 75,000 happy customers, our technicians are Bristol’s number 1 repair specialists. Our specialists are people that you can trust when it comes to giving a great repair service. If you have any concerns and questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 01179424400 or send us a message at [email protected]. Our friendly team will be happy to help you.

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