There seems to be a large number 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. If you’re also facing this iPhone stuck on zoom issue, you’ve come to the right place.
When you see that the iPhone or iPad screen seems excessively magnified, someone may have accidentally turned on the iOS Zoom feature. iOS display zoom is an important accessibility feature. It enables iPhone or iPad users with poor vision to clearly see texts, app icons, or other visual content.
As the iPhone screen zooms in, and all the screen icons appear too large, it becomes an inconvenience if you’re not accustomed to this functionality. With the accessibility Zoom feature on, everything on the iPhone/iPad screen looks larger than usual. For example, the app icons could fill the entire screen, and you’re unable to see the entire app interface on one screen. Not to mention, other apps on the Home Screen or Dock won’t show up until you position the display appropriately by dragging.
If you press the Home button, that won’t reset the display to its normal level. Thus, you need to perform any of the following methods to fix the iPhone stuck in zoom issue.
What Is Zoom in the Accessibility Settings of iOS?
You already know about pinching in or out gestures to zoom on images or graphic designing apps on your iPhone or iPad or any other smartphone. This zooming feature is helpful for people with poor vision. Apple went a step ahead and provided the feature for the entire device screen. By activating the Zoom feature on iPhone/iPad Accessibility settings, you can zoom in and out on the Home Screen, on any app (whether it supports zooming gestures or not), on web browsers, and on the Settings app of iOS.
Here’s how you can access the Zoom settings on iPhone and iPad:
- Open Settings and scroll down to the Accessibility section for iPhone.
- For iPad, you’ll find Accessibility on the left-side panel within the Settings screen.
- Tap Accessibility and the Zoom functionality should be there just below the VoiceOver setting.
- Touch Zoom to access an elaborate settings page for the Accessibility Zoom feature.
But, there are specific gestures to master if you want to use Accessibility Zoom on iPhone or iPad effortlessly. If you don’t know these gestures, you may feel like your iPhone/iPad is stuck on zoom, the screen appears too big, or the icons are unnecessarily large.
Now that you know what exactly is the Zoom feature for iPhone/iPad display, let’s figure out how can you disable this feature if you’re feeling uncomfortable with such a big screen display of iOS.
How to Disable iPhone Stuck on Zoom Using Gestures
Using touch gestures is the most convenient way to deactivate the Accessibility Zoom feature. When Zoom is off, your iPhone or iPad display will rest to the default resolution where you can see all the app icons, interface buttons, etc. Here are the Accessibility Zoom gestures you must master to use Zoom effortlessly or disable Zoom when you don’t need it:
Three-Finger Double Tap
Double tap with three fingers on any blank space on the iPhone or iPad Home Screen, App Library, inside an app, and so on. You just need to make sure that you’re not tapping on any app icons or files that iOS can open. This will disable the Zoom feature if you’re already seeing the device text, icons, and interface zoomed in overly than usual. When zoomed out, double-tap on the blank screen with three fingers to activate Zoom.
Three-Finger Drag to Move Around
Suppose, you’re looking for the toggle button to disable Accessibility Zoom and are unable to get to it because the screen zoomed in too much. In this situation, swipe the display screen to left, right, up, and down by using three fingers instead of one finger. You’ll see that the screen is moving in the direction of the swipe.
So, use the three-finger gesture to move to the top of the screen and then to the extreme right to find the disable Zoom toggle button. Tap the button to disengage Accessibility Zoom.
Double-Tap Three Fingers and Drag
Suppose, you don’t want to deactivate the Zoom feature on your iPhone. You’re just seeing that the iPhone is stuck on zoom and you want to change the scale of zoom. To resize the zoom scale, double-tap the screen with three fingers when the Accessibility Zoom is active. Now, immediately drag the screen up to increase the zoom and drag it down to decrease the zoom. Using this gesture, you can dynamically switch between the zoomed-in screen display and the default display without turning off the Accessibility Zoom feature.
How to Disable iPhone Stuck on Zoom Using Settings App
Use any of the above gestures to get a sense of the location of icons on your iPhone or iPad. Now that you’re accustomed to the Zoom gestures, try the following steps to disable Zoom from iOS Settings:
- Use the double-tap three fingers and drag the screen down gesture to zoom out the iOS display to the default resolution or scale.
- Now, touch the Settings app to open it.
- From Settings, go to Accessibility > Zoom.
- Inside Zoom, touch the green toggle button to disable the feature.
- A disabled Zoom feature will show a grey or dark toggle button.
How to Disable iPhone Stuck on Zoom Using iTunes
Let’s say you’re still unable to disable the Accessibility Zoom feature on your iOS device because the above gesture movements are complicated moves. If you’ve got a Windows PC, you can use the iTunes app to adjust the zoom scale of the device display. Furthermore, you can also utilize the iTunes app to fix the iPhone stuck in zoom issue on a Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier. Here’s how it’s done:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad with the Windows PC or Mac with a USB-A to Lightning or a USB-C to Lightning cable.
- If the device prompts to authenticate or trust the device, do so on the iPhone or iPad.
- Once you’ve connected the iPhone and Windows PC or Mac, open the iTunes app.
- iTunes will sync with the mobile device automatically and show the device specifications.
- It means both devices are in full sync.
- Now, click the Configure Accessibility button under the Options section on the iTunes app.
- You should see a pop-up for various Accessibility settings of the iPhone like Seeing and Hearing.
- Under the Seeing section, there should be multiple features checked.
- There, simply uncheck the checkbox for the Zoom feature.
- Click OK on the pop-up to save the changes you just made.
- Select Done on the iTunes app to complete the process.
That’s it! You should now see that the iPhone display has zoomed out to the default scale or resolution.
How to Disable iPhone Stuck on Zoom Using Finder
If you’re on a MacBook or iMac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later operating system, then you don’t need the iTunes app to disable Zoom on iPhone or iPad. The Finder app on the Mac is enough. Here’s how you can accomplish this:
- Open the Finder app from macOS Dock.
- Connect the iPhone or iPad using the dedicated USB cable to the Mac.
- Trust the device if iOS prompts you.
- Now, the iPhone or iPad should show up on the left side navigation pane on the Finder app.
- Click on the iPhone to open the General tab on the Finder app.
- Scroll down to the Options section.
- There, click on the Configure Accessibility button.
- Uncheck Zoom and select the OK button on the pop-up.
- Click Sync to apply the changes on the iPad or iPhone.
No doubt, the Accessibility Zoom feature is highly helpful for specially-abled people who need a larger view of texts and icons on smartphone screens. However, if you don’t know the exact Zoom gestures, the feature can be the source of nuisance. Also, if you don’t have any idea about this feature, someone can play a prank on you by activating the Zoom feature when you’re not looking. You’d think that the device screen is broken.
That’s not the case. The device screen is perfectly okay. Just disable the Zoom functionality by following any of the methods mentioned here. Don’t forget to comment if you know another way to disable Zoom or share your experience using the Accessibility Zoom feature.
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