How to un-zoom (and re-zoom) your iPhone’s screen

Here’s how you zoom back out when your iPhone’s screen is zoomed in. Practice zooming in and out so you’ll remember, when you need it.

If your iPhone’s screen is zoomed in, and you can’t get it back to normal, fear not. We can get you from this:

iPhone 8 Plus screen, zoomed

… to this..

iPhone 8 Plus screen, back to normal

… and it only takes a second.

All you have to do is double-tap, anywhere on the screen, using three fingers. Really. Try it!

Double-tap with three fingers to zoom in, double-tap with three fingers to zoom out.

If you’re wondering about the settings for this, here they are: Settings, Accessibility, Zoom.

Settings, Accessibility, Zoom (iOS 13.3)

I know people whose iPhones have gotten zoomed and they’ve gone to an Apple Store to solve this problem. Save yourself a trip: if your iPhone is zoomed in, and you want to zoom back out, try the three-finger double-tap.

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Use Siri to go directly to any iOS app’s preferences

Quit hunting around in the iOS Settings app, looking for some setting. Instead, ask Siri. Siri can take you right where you need to go.

Let’s face it, there are a LOT of preferences in the Settings app. Finding the one you want can be tough. Siri can help!

For example… want to see the preferences for Safari? Just say “Show me Safari preferences” and voila, there they are.

Asking Siri to show Safari preferences

Same thing with iCloud settings:

Asking Siri to open iCloud settings

Siri isn’t limited to helping with Apple apps. It can help you, for example, with the settings for Google Maps, like so:

Asking Siri to open Google Maps’ preferences

Notice how there’s no “perfect” way to phrase your request– you can ask Siri to “show preferences,” or “open settings,”, or “open preferences” for the app in question. There are probably other phrases that work.

Regardless of the exact phrasing you use, being able to go directly to the settings you care about will save you a ton of time. Try it and see!


Check out my Seven Super Siri Tips for more. And, check out my giant, up-to-date list of every Siri article on this site.

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