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How to Use the Zoom Feature on Apple Watch for Poor Eyesight

If you’re an Apple Watch user with poor eyesight, Apple includes an accessibility feature called Zoom. It allows you to blow up the content on the screen to help you view it easier.

If you are having a difficult time viewing the content on your Apple Watch, you might want to try the Zoom feature. It’s actually an Accessibility setting for users who have visual impairments or poor eyesight. But anyone can use it. Maybe you have the 38mm version and want to make it easier to view and select items while on the go. Whatever the reason, here is how to enable and use the Zoom feature with watchOS on the Apple Watch.

Enable Zoom Feature on Your Apple Watch

On your watch, head to Settings > General > Accessibility. Tap “Zoom” from the menu and then turn it on by toggling on the “Zoom” switch.

Apple Watch Zoom

You can Enable Zoom from Your iPhone, Too

If your watch isn’t handy or you just prefer to use your iPhone, you can. Launch the Apple Watch app and head to General > Accessibility > Zoom. Toggle it on and here you can adjust the maximum zoom level, as well.

Turn on the Zoom feature Apple Watch

Now that you have Zoom enabled, you can double-tap the display with two fingers to blow up the content on the watch display. You then need to continue using two fingers to move the content on the display around. You can also use the digital crown to adjust the view. To return to the regular view, just tap the display with two fingers again.

Now, it’s worth noting here that these steps may change a bit once Apple releases iOS 13 and watchOS 6. Apple showed off a lot of what’s to come at its WWDC 2019 event earlier this month. In fact, you will be able to control more from the watch without having to rely on the iPhone. Apple is making it more of a standalone device. But I doubt the Zoom Accessibility feature would be removed. It might even gain more features.

Still, for now, if you need help in viewing certain items on your Apple Watch, the Zoom feature is a great way to do it.


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