iPhone or iPad: Screen Appears Too Big or Zoomed In Too Much

There seems to be a large amount of people who bought the Apple iPhone or iPad who have problems with the unit magnifying the screen 2X and making the graphics huge to a point where the screen is too big to be usable.

Apparently this is a feature with the iOS operating system. What has most likely happened is you may have accidentally enabled the zoom feature by double tapping it with 3 fingers.

To fix this issue, simply double-tap on the screen again with 3 fingers and the screen will usually go back to normal and eliminate the magnification.

If the double-tap doesn’t work for you, try double tapping again, only on the second tap, keep your fingers on the screen, then drag them up and down to zoom in and out respectively.

If you want to disable this feature and prevent this problem from happening again, you can go to “Settings” > “General” > “Accessibility” and turn off “Zoom“.

Comments

  1. Laurie says

    After a couple hours of trying everything I found on the internet to “reset” my iPad … and nothing working, I found this suggestion. It worked! It’s happened before, and somehow I got it back by accident. Now I’ve turned off ZOOM and hopefully it will never happen again. Thanks so much!

  2. Patty Williams says

    This zoom thing was giving me a stomach ache because I didn’t know what to do to fix it. Thank you so much. My son gave me this address..Thank you too Tim. I’m addicted to my i phone.

  3. R Plowman says

    Thanks for giving me a way out after trying for two hrs, earlier use of 3 fingers and double tapping did not work, but suddenly it did , now taken off zoom control

  4. FreddieBrown says

    This page is FANTASTIC ! Its the first page I went on after googling “my iphone screen is enlarged” and it took me 2 seconds to read the 3 finger tap and viola, iphone back to normal. Thank YOU so much. You guys are the BEST !!

  5. Doralyn Talton says

    Thank you so much!! I had trouble with my three finger tap but when my husband tried, it worked! I have now disabled my zoom feature and everything is normal again.

  6. mary nelson says

    My grandaughter inadvertently activated the zoom she felt so bad i tried to fix it we used her three fingers and it worked.

  7. Maureen says

    Thanks Mitch. This magnification was driving me crazy. I am so grateful for the result. The zoom is off now!!

  8. Antonio says

    Thanks Mitch! You’re my hero.

    I was fighting for over two hours to get access to my phone… new software update… reset… nothing worked…

    Great miraculous three fingers saved me, thanks to you!

  9. Mike W says

    Linda – I hope you’ve already sorted this problem out. I had same issue with my iPhone 4s running the latest IOS just now. However, even in my locked out screen where I couldn’t input my code it did register my Double Tap of 3 fingers simultaneously. Yay I can use my phone again. Perhaps you were not quite tapping the screen with all three fingers at the exact same time or that your second tap of all 3 fingers simultaneously was too long after the first tap so it didn’t register as a double tap. I say keep trying and you should get in. :-)

    Thanks guys I can use my iPhone again ! :-)

  10. linda says

    My screen is so big I cannot put in my access code to unlock the screen, therefore I cannot tap 3 times and get it to work. What should I do now?

    Thanks for your help ~ Linda

  11. Catherine Dunnington says

    Thank you so much, I bought an iPad as a gift and could not get it to work. I cannot thank you enough for your expertise. Thanks for saving Christmas

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