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How to make text bigger on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

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If you're having a hard time reading the text on your iPhone, here's how to make the text on your screen larger in just a few simple steps.

There are two different ways of changing text size on an iOS device— through Display settings and then through Accessibility. We suggest trying the Display method first.

How to change the font size on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Display & Brightness
  3. Tap Text Size
  4. Drag the slider to select font size

If the font still isn't big enough, you can increase it a bit more. A fair word of warning, though — making the text too large may make it difficult to navigate apps properly.

How to make text larger via Accessibility settings on iOS

How to make text larger via Accessibility settings on iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Display & Text Size
  4. Tap Larger Text
  5. Drag the slider to select font size
  6. If needed: Toggle on Larger Accessibility Sizes which gives you a few additional sizes to choose from

Important: This will only affect apps that support Dynamic Type. All of Apple's default apps support Dynamic Type, though many third-party apps do not.

Of course, there are ways around that, too. Apple has a handy zoom feature that allows users to magnify the screen with a few simple gestures.

How to enable the zoom feature on iOS

How to enable the zoom feature on iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Zoom
  4. Toggle on Zoom

Tip: For ease of use, we also suggest toggling on Smart Typing, which will prevent your iPhone from zooming in on the on-screen keyboard, which can make typing difficult.

Navigating with zoom is a little different than normal. Here are the main navigation features.

  • Three-finger tap to zoom in or out
  • Drag with three fingers to navigate while zoomed in
  • Double tap with three fingers and immediately drag them up or down the screen to change zoom level

Using the zoom feature takes a little getting used to, but it is especially handy for apps that don't support Dynamic Type and allows users to get a better look at small user interface elements in apps.