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How to Fix Text Too Big or Small on iPhone or iPad

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Introduction

When the size of the text is too large or too small for you to read on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it can become incredibly difficult to use. This guide will walk you through making sure your accessibility settings are configured just right to make it as easy to use.

Changing text size on iOS.

1 Adjust Text Size and Zoom

If you're having trouble with the size of the text and other items showing on the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, there are a couple options you can adjust them with.

Use the Larger Text Feature

With this option you can choose how large or small the text should look on your screen.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
    Accessibility option highlighted in iOS settings.
  3. Then select Display & Text Size.
    Display & Text Size option highlighted in Accessibility settings on iOS.
  4. Select Larger Text.
    Larger Text option highlighted in Accessibility settings on iOS.
  5. Set the text size using the slider at the bottom. For even larger text, enable the Larger Accessibility Sizes feature.
    Toggle switch and slider highlighted for Larger Text option in iOS settings.

Use the Zoom Feature

With this feature you can zoom in or out, and pan around the screen as if you were using a magnifying glass:

  • Double tap with three fingers and make a stretching or pinching gesture to zoom in or out.
  • Drag three fingers around the screen to pan.
  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
    Accessibility option highlighted in iOS settings.
  3. Then select Zoom.
    Zoom option highlighted in accessibility settings on iOS.
  4. Turn the feature On if you want to use it or turn it Off if you want to avoid using it accidentally.
    Toggle switch highlighted for Zoom feature in iOS settings.
  5. The zoom feature doesn't work right away. Once the feature is turned on, you have to double tap the screen with three fingers to activate or deactivate it. When activated, the entire screen will be zoomed in by default.
    Showing zoomed in area on iOS.
  6. If you don't want to zoom in the entire screen, you can switch to Window Zoom which acts like a magnifier on top of your screen. Tap Zoom Region.
    Zoom Region option highlighted in accessibility settings on iOS.
  7. Select Window Zoom.
    Window Zoom option highlighted in Zoom settings on iOS.
  8. You'll see a zoom window show up on the screen which you can move to the area you wish to zoom in on. Tap and hold one of the edges then slide your finger around the screen to move the zoom window.
    Zoom window edge pointed out on iOS screen.
  9. To set the maximum zoom level, use the slider at the bottom of the screen.
    Maximum zoom level slider highlighted in zoom settings on iOS.

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When the size of the text is too large or too small for you to read on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it can become incredibly difficult to use. This guide will walk you through making sure your accessibility settings are configured just right to make it as easy to use.

Changing text size on iOS.

If you're having trouble with the size of the text and other items showing on the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, there are a couple options you can adjust them with.

Use the Larger Text Feature

With this option you can choose how large or small the text should look on your screen.

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
    Accessibility option highlighted in iOS settings.
  3. Then select Display & Text Size.
    Display & Text Size option highlighted in Accessibility settings on iOS.
  4. Select Larger Text.
    Larger Text option highlighted in Accessibility settings on iOS.
  5. Set the text size using the slider at the bottom. For even larger text, enable the Larger Accessibility Sizes feature.
    Toggle switch and slider highlighted for Larger Text option in iOS settings.

Use the Zoom Feature

With this feature you can zoom in or out, and pan around the screen as if you were using a magnifying glass:

  • Double tap with three fingers and make a stretching or pinching gesture to zoom in or out.
  • Drag three fingers around the screen to pan.
  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
    Accessibility option highlighted in iOS settings.
  3. Then select Zoom.
    Zoom option highlighted in accessibility settings on iOS.
  4. Turn the feature On if you want to use it or turn it Off if you want to avoid using it accidentally.
    Toggle switch highlighted for Zoom feature in iOS settings.
  5. The zoom feature doesn't work right away. Once the feature is turned on, you have to double tap the screen with three fingers to activate or deactivate it. When activated, the entire screen will be zoomed in by default.
    Showing zoomed in area on iOS.
  6. If you don't want to zoom in the entire screen, you can switch to Window Zoom which acts like a magnifier on top of your screen. Tap Zoom Region.
    Zoom Region option highlighted in accessibility settings on iOS.
  7. Select Window Zoom.
    Window Zoom option highlighted in Zoom settings on iOS.
  8. You'll see a zoom window show up on the screen which you can move to the area you wish to zoom in on. Tap and hold one of the edges then slide your finger around the screen to move the zoom window.
    Zoom window edge pointed out on iOS screen.
  9. To set the maximum zoom level, use the slider at the bottom of the screen.
    Maximum zoom level slider highlighted in zoom settings on iOS.