Your iPhone has a hidden camera feature that has almost certainly passed you by.
The magnifying glass uses your iPhone’s built-in camera to zoom in on text or objects so you can see them more clearly.
Magnifier has been around for years, but was highlighted in a recent video posted by TikTok tech guru Katarina Mogus†
It’s part of Apple’s accessibility features designed to support people’s visual, physical, and hearing needs.
The idea is that visually impaired people can use it to make their lives easier, but it’s actually very helpful for general users as well.
“Magnifier works like a digital magnifying glass,” Apple says on its website.
“It uses the camera on your iPhone to magnify whatever you point it at, so you can see the details more clearly.
“Use the flash to illuminate the subject, adjust filters to distinguish colors, or take a photo to get a static close-up.”
It’s easy enough to unlock.
First you need to open your Settings app.
Then tap Accessibility, followed by Guided Access, at the bottom of the page.
Turn on Guided Access, then return to the Accessibility Settings page.
Tap Accessibility Shortcuts and click Magnifier.
Whenever you triple tap your iPhone screen, you will open the Magnifier tool.
This will launch a version of the camera app that is very zoomed in.
You can control the zoom level with a slider at the bottom of the page, depending on how close you want to look.
There’s also the option to take still images with 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 activate the flash – which is useful in the dark.
Accessibility features are primarily intended to help people with intellectual or physical disabilities.
However, they can also be useful for able-bodied users.
You can use accessibility tools to set up spoken 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 with your voice.
Other accessibility features in iOS include VoiceOver, which reads websites or text messages aloud, and Supportive touchwhich places a digital Home button on your display.
This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.