How to Fix: My iPad is Zoomed In or Shows a Magnifying Glass

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What to Do When Your iPad Zoom is Stuck

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The iPad's accessibility features include the ability to zoom the iPad into the screen, which will make the icons appear much larger. The zoom feature can also cause a square magnifying glass to appear on the screen, which has the same effect of making icons appear larger.

If you have failing vision, this feature can be a real boon for using the iPad. For those of us with good eyesight, getting the iPad's zoom feature stuck on can be a little frustrating if you don't know how to fix it.

The iPad's zoom feature can be configured in multiple ways, so we'll take a look at a few ways to fix the problem. You can also turn this feature off in the accessibility section of your iPad's settings.

The first thing to attempt is to double tap the iPad's display with three fingers.This is just like double tapping the screen, but you'll use your index, middle and ring fingers all at the same time. This is how the zoom-in feature is turned on and off. This should fix the problem, but you should still turn the zoom feature off in the iPad's settings to keep it from happening again. The accessibility settings are located in the general section of the iPad's settings.

Triple-clicking the Home Button can also work. The accessibility settings also have a shortcut for turning certain features on and off.  This shortcut is activated by triple-clicking the home button. If the triple-click has been configured to zoom into the iPad, you can zoom out by using a triple click. This is a common reason why people accidentally engage the zoom. It can also be turned off in the accessibility settings.

If neither of these work, try pinch-to-zoom. The iPad's zoom-in feature is different than the pinch-to-zoom gesture. Zooming into the entire display or popping up a magnifying glass is intended for those with very bad vision. However, some apps such as Safari allow us to pinch-to-zoom to zoom into a web page or a picture. If the screen still isn't zoomed out, place your thumb and index finger on the screen with the thumb and finger touching as if you were pinching the screen. Then, simply move your fingers apart while your fingertip and thumb tip are still touching the screen. This pinch-out will zoom-out the display if the pinch-to-zoom feature has been activated.

You can also turn the zoom feature off.  Another way to solve the problem is to simply turn off the feature in the iPad's settings. Launch the Settings app, tap General from the left side and then Accessibility from the general settings. The Zoom setting is second from the top (in the Accessibility section). Tap it to get to the Zoom settings, which allow you to turn the feature off by tapping the on/off button at the top of the screen.

What are Accessibility Features?

Are you wondering how you got into that mess? Accessibility features are implemented on most devices and are created for those with physical deficiencies who find it difficult to operate the device using the normal settings. The zoom-in feature is one of many for those with difficulty seeing. Some of the other display features for those with less-than-perfect eyesight include extra large text and a white-on-black mode.