How to Fix: My iPad Is Zoomed in or Shows a Magnifying Glass

What to do when your iPad zoom is stuck

iPad with magnifying glass illustration

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The iPad's accessibility features include the ability to zoom in to the screen, which makes icons and text appear larger and easier to see. The Zoom feature can also add a square magnifying glass to the screen, which lets you localize the effect to only where you're looking.

If you have failing vision, these features can make using the iPad easier. Even if you have good vision but smaller text becomes a bit fuzzy, the zoom feature can be handy. But for those 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. 

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-Click the Home Button 

The accessibility settings also have a shortcut for turning certain features on and off. You activate this by triple-clicking the home button. If you've configured the triple-click to zoom in to the iPad, you can zoom out using a triple click. This is a common reason why people accidentally engage the zoom.


The iPad's zoom-in feature is different from the pinch-to-zoom gesture. Some apps like Safari use pinch-to-zoom to make a web page or image larger. 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, and then move your fingers apart while your fingertip and thumb tip are still touching the screen. This pinch-out will zoom out the display if you'd zoomed in this way.

How to Turn the Zoom Feature Off

You may never want to use the Zoom feature or magnifying glass. Deactivating it will also stop you from accidentally turning it on in the future. Here's how to switch it off.

  1. Open the iPad's settings by launching the Settings app.

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  2. Tap General.

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  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Accessibility setting on iPad
  4. Tap Zoom, and then tap the switch to off/white.

    Turning off Zoom on iPad
  5. Turning off Zoom deactivates both the zoom feature and the magnifying glass.

What Else Can You Do With Zoom?

If you have good vision, it is easiest to turn the setting off, but if you sometimes find text on the screen blurry, you might try configuring the zoom to be more helpful. A few settings that can help with this are the Smart Typing setting, which allows the on-screen keyboard to appear without being zoomed even if the zoom feature is activated. Idle Visibility determines how much of the zoom controller shows when the function is not in use, and Zoom Region lets you switch from a full-screen zoom to a window zoom similar to having a magnifying glass on the screen.