Magnification

You can zoom or magnify to see your Android device's screen better.

Step 1: Turn on magnification

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Open Accessibility, then Magnification.
  3. Choose either Magnify with triple-tap or Magnify with shortcut.
    • If you don't see these options, you might be using an earlier version of Android. Turn on Magnification, then follow the steps below for magnify with triple-tap.

Step 2: Use magnification

Magnify with triple-tap

Zoom in and make everything bigger

  1. Triple-tap anywhere on the screen, except the keyboard or navigation bar.
  2. Now you can pan or adjust the zoom level:
    • To pan across the screen, drag two or more fingers.
    • To adjust the zoom level, pinch two or more fingers together or spread them apart.
  3. To zoom out, triple-tap the screen.

Temporarily magnify the screen

  1. Triple-tap and hold anywhere on the screen, except the keyboard or navigation bar.
  2. To move the magnified area, drag your finger across the screen.
  3. To stop magnifying, lift your finger.

Magnify with Accessibility button or gesture

After you choose 'Magnify with shortcut' in Step 1 above, you can start magnification with the Accessibility button or gesture.

Zoom in and make everything bigger

  1. Start magnification: 2-finger swipe up (3-finger swipe up if TalkBack is on), or tap the Accessibility button Accessibility.
  2. Tap anywhere on the screen, except the keyboard or navigation bar.
  3. Now you can pan or adjust the zoom level:
    • To pan across the screen, drag two or more fingers.
    • To adjust the zoom level, pinch two or more fingers together or spread them apart.
  4. To zoom out, 2-finger swipe up (3-finger swipe up if TalkBack is on), or tap the Accessibility button Accessibility.

Temporarily magnify the screen

  1. Start magnification: 2-finger swipe up (3-finger swipe up if TalkBack is on), or tap the Accessibility button Accessibility.
  2. Touch and hold anywhere on the screen, except the keyboard or navigation bar.
  3. To move the magnified area, drag your finger across the screen.
  4. To stop magnifying, lift your finger.

Notes

  • Magnification can range up to 8x. 
  • After you turn on magnification, single taps take slightly longer. This short delay lets your device find out if your tap is part of a triple tap.
  • If you open or close an app when zoomed in, you automatically zoom out. To zoom in again, simply triple tap.