How to Increase Font Size and Make Text Bigger on the iPad

If you are having trouble making out letters and numbers on your iPad, it might be time to increase the default font size. If your main concern with your eyesight is easily reading your iPad or iPhone, this quick tutorial will make things more legible with a few taps.

Changing the default font size works for most of the apps that come with the iPad and many others available in the App Store.

Here's how to make the font bigger to give your eyes a break:

Not all third-party apps support this feature.

  1. Open Settings on your iPad.

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  2. Tap Display & Brightness.

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  3. Tap the Text Size heading.

    Text size on iPad
  4. Once in the text size settings, you can make the default size larger or smaller by dragging the slider to the right or left.

    Increase font size on the ipad
  5. The Display & Brightness menu also contains a setting for Bold Text, which can also make the print on your iPad easier to read.

    If you turn Bold Text on, you'll have to restart your iPad for it to take effect.

    Make text bigger on iPad
  6. Between these two settings, you should have a much easier time reading your iPad if you were having trouble.

Pinch-to-Zoom

The iPad has a lot of handy gestures, and one that you probably use more than others is pinch-to-zoom. By pinching in and out with your thumb and index finger you can zoom in and out of the iPad's screen. This doesn't work in every app, but it works on most web pages and images. So even if changing the font size doesn't clear up every issue, the pinch-to-zoom gesture may help out.

The iPad Also Has a Magnifying Glass

If your eyesight is bad, you might benefit from the iPad's digital magnifying glass. The iPad's iOS operating system has a variety of accessibility features, including the ability to quickly zoom into the screen. This works even when pinch-to-zoom doesn't. You also have an option to zoom in to just a portion of the display, with a virtual magnifying glass on the screen.

  1. Open 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 next to it to on/green. When Zoom is on, activate it by tapping three fingers on the screen. You also use three fingers to move around the screen.

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  5. You can also use a controller to turn on Zoom and navigate. Turn it on by tapping the switch next to Show Controller to on/green.

    Tap the controller once to bring up a menu that lets you adjust Zoom settings from any page. Double-tap it to turn Zoom on and off. After you double-tap the controller, you can use it as a joystick to move around the screen.

    Make text bigger on iPad
  6. Use the Zoom Region setting to switch between enlarging the entire screen and just part of it. Window Zoom gives you a magnifying glass that you can drag around the screen to enlarge only the text you place it over.

    Make text bigger on the iPad
  7. Use the menu in the controller to switch between Window and Full-Screen Zooms, resize the lens, and increase the amount of magnification.

Use Your iPad or iPhone as a Real Magnifying Glass

This is a useful feature to turn on while you are still in the Accessibility settings. The Magnify setting will let you easily use your iPad or iPhone's camera to magnify something in the real world such as a menu or a receipt. 

  1. Open Settings.

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  2. Tap General.

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  3. Tap Accessibility.

    Accessibility setting on iPad
  4. Tap Magnifier, and then switch it on/green.

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  5. Turn on the Magnifier by triple-clicking the Home button and pointing your iPad's rear camera at the object you want to magnify. You can adjust the magnification level and brightness, add filters, and invert colors to make things easier to see.