There’s a reason #ShotoniPhone remains a popular social media tag year after year. The powerful little camera that’s built into iPhones and iPads has enormous potential. Precise digital zoom has long been a useful tool on mobile cameras. More recently, iPhone 7 and later models include an optical zoom feature for more accurate photo magnification and focus.
To make the most of your iPhone and iPad camera zoom features, learn the different methods that are available for your model.
How to pinch to zoom in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad
The most well-known method for zooming into an iPhone or iPad photo subject is the pinch gesture. This is called a digital zoom – a mechanism that crops into a small portion of the photo to make the subject look larger. Although this method results in a lower resolution photo, it works well when you need a quick and simple solution. iPhones and iPads offer digital zoom up to 10x. Here’s how it’s done:
- Open the Camera app and point the lens at your subject.
- Place two fingers on the area of the screen you’d like to zoom into.
Slowly spread your fingertips apart to zoom in.
Go too far? Zoom back out by pulling the two fingers back together in a pinching motion.
How to use the slider to zoom in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad
If you are using the pinch-zoom gesture on an iPad or an iPhone model previous to iPhone 7, you will notice that a zoom slider appears on one side of the screen. The slider can be used to achieve a more precise digital zoom, like so:
Within the Camera app, use the pinch gesture as described above to reveal the zoom slider.
Once you see the zoom slider, you can move the circle from side to side slowly to zoom the picture in or out.
How to use optical zoom in the Camera app on supported iPhone devices
For iPhone 7 and later models, a true optical zoom has been built into the camera app. This feature will zoom into the subject up to 2x without any loss of resolution or photo quality. This is how it works:
- Open the Camera app on your phone and point the lens at your subject.
- Above the aperture button (that white circle you use to snap a picture) look for a smaller circle with the symbol “1x” inside.
Tap the 1x circle.
True optical zoom on an iPhone can only be toggled between 1x and 2x. Digital zoom is still available through the use of the pinch gesture, or by using the new zoom slider that we discuss in the following section.
How to use the slider to zoom on iPhone devices with optical zoom
To reveal the updated zoom slider in newer iPhone models, press your fingertip on the 1x optical zoom button and hold it.
When you press and hold the 1x or 2x symbol, a small zoom slider will appear.
Remember that any zoom setting above 2x is a digital zoom that results in some loss of photo resolution and quality. The numbers that show on the updated zoom slider will help you to achieve a more precise level of digital zoom.
Once you’ve mastered the iPhone and iPad camera zoom feature, try using built-in functions within the Photos app to enhance your images further.
If you have any other questions about your iPhone or iPad Camera app, let us know in the comments.
Zooming photos in or out is one of the most used Photoshop skills. You can select and enlarge any specific section or area of a picture and create a magnifying glass or magnifier lens effect using Photoshop on your PC or Mac. If you don’t have access to a computer or not a Photoshop user, you may want to know if it’s possible to do so on a mobile device, your Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad. You are lucky if you are using a recent iPhone or iPad model. Because there is a new iOS Markup feature provides a set of useful tools you can use to edit images, screenshots, PDF and other documents on iPhone and iPad. Magnifier is one of the markup tools you can use to enlarge or zoom in any specific part of an image on iOS device. Note that this is different from resizing the whole picture. See details below.
How to zoom in part of a picture on iPhone?
Magnifying part of an image on iPhone is easy. Open Photos app to find the photo you want to zoom. Tap Edit > More (the ellipsis inside a circle) > Markup, you’ll then find the Magnifier markup tool. See below screenshot.
Choose Magnifier, you will see a magnifier overlay on your photo. Drag it to any place on the image that you like to create the magnified detail view. Touch the color icon at the bottom to change a different color of the lens. Touch the shape icon at the bottom to resize the lens. Drag the blue dot in the lens over the picture to select more or less area of the photo to be zoomed. Drag the green dot to zoom in further. Tap Done to save the picture with lens and zoom effects on it to your Camera Roll on iPhone or iPad.
Zoom more files and documents on iPhone iPad
The markup tools and Magnifier can also help you zoom more files and documents. For example, you can zoom files in Notes app, zoom PDF documents in iBooks, zoom file attachments in Mail, etc.
Over the last few years, Apple’s stock Photos app has seen some exciting improvements. A number of cool features like the option to let you edit your favorite pics elegantly have vastly enhanced the quality of this app. However, there are still quite a lot of areas where the Photos app has to get better in order to fulfill everyone’s wish.
For a long time, I had really been waiting for a feature to let me zoom any pic unlimitedly using the pinch-zoom gesture on my iOS device. Fortunately, my long wish has come to be true. Thanks to a weird bug discovered by iDownloadBlog reader Miguel C. you can enable the stock Photos app to let you zoom any image unlimitedly. Here is how it works:
How to Enable Unlimited Photo Zooming on iOS Device
Step #1. First off, you need to launch Photos app on your iPhone and tap on any photo.
Step #2. Next up, you have to tap on Edit from the top right corner.
Step #3. Now, tap on the Crop tool from the bottom.
Step #4. You will need to tap on the Rotate tool to rotate the photo by 90 degrees. (During our test, we have found that there is no need to tap on Rotate button)
Step #5. Up next, tap on Done from the bottom right corner to save the changes.
Now, you can zoom this particular photo to your heart’s liking. But, if you exit this photo or switch to another one, this functionality will stop working.
I wish Apple implements this functionality in iOS 10. It would indeed be a nice add-on in the next-gen iOS ecosystem.
What do you think of this iOS bug? Share your feedback with us in the comment.
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There are times when you need to highlight or zoom into a part of an image to view finer details. Here’s how you can use a tool built into the iPhone and iPad to magnify a part of a photo.
Apple has integrated a Magnifier feature inside the Markup tool. If you’re not familiar, the Markup tool is available in multiple locations throughout iOS and iPadOS. For example, you can access it when you’re editing an image or PDF in the Files app, as well as when you open an attachment in the Mail app.
To magnify something that’s currently on your screen, you can use the screenshot editing feature on iPhone and iPad. Take a screenshot on your device by pressing the Side button and Volume Down button together. If you’re using an older device, press the Side button and the Home button together.
Next, tap the” Screenshot Preview” button in the bottom-left corner.
Here, tap the “+” button. You’ll find the “Magnifier” option in the menu that pops up.
The process is slightly more complicated when it comes to the Photos app. Open the image you want to magnify in the “Photos” app and then tap the “Edit” button from the top-right corner.
Tap the three-dot Menu button found in the top-right corner of the screen.
From the share sheet, select the “Markup” option.
Now, tap the “+” button and choose the “Magnifier” option.
You’ll now see a magnifying circle in the middle of the image. You can drag it around to whatever part of the photo you want to zoom in on.
The Blue dot will help you increase and decrease the size of the magnifier. Tap it and swipe in or out to change the size.
You can use the Green dot to change the magnification level. Swipe right to zoom in and swipe left to zoom out.
When you select the circle, you’ll find options to cut, copy, delete, and duplicate the magnifier.
When you’re done editing, tap the “Done” button from the top of the screen.
From the image editing screen, tap the “Done” button from the bottom of the screen.
You’ll now see your edited photo in the Photo gallery. You can share your magnified photo using an email or messaging app.
Want to save a picture from Facebook to your iPhone? No problem, you can do this easily from the Facebook app to an iPhone or iPad, and we’ll show you how to download a picture from Facebook into iOS so that it appears in the Photos album on your device.
How to Save Photos from Facebook to iPhone / iPad
The easiest way to save a picture from Facebook on an iPhone or iPad is to do the following simple trick:
- Open Facebook if you haven’t done so already
- Navigate to and open the image you want to save in Facebook locally to your device
- Now tap and hold on that image, and select “Save Photo” when it appears
Now look in the Photos app to find your saved picture. Easy right? This is just like saving an image from Safari to the iPhone, a simple tap and hold does the work.
Before Facebook had the Save Photo feature, you had to manually zoom in on a picture, then take a screen shot in iOS, and that screenshot would be the saved picture – that was a totally lame solution but thankfully it’s no longer needed if you’re in a more recent version of iOS and have an updated Facebook app. Yes you can still save photos from Facebook with a screenshot however, if need be for some reason.
Well, at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work, but recently there have been some issues…
Fixing Problems with Facebook Unable to Upload & Save Pictures to iPhone & iPad
If you’ve tried to save a photo from the Facebook app recently on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may have discovered that despite tapping “Save Image” as usual like you would to save a pic from the web or Mail, but when you flip over to the Photos app, the picture doesn’t actually show up in the photo library or Camera Roll. Likewise, many have encountered a giant Lock screen when trying to upload a photo to Facebook, rather than your typical photo collection.
Both of these issues are due to a privacy adjustment with the latest version of iOS, and they’re both very easy to fix:
- Open the “Settings” app and tap on “Privacy”
- Choose “Photos” and locate “Facebook” to flip the switch to ON
- Tap back on “Privacy” and now locate “Facebook” in the app list, check to make sure Facebook has access here as well by flipping to ON
Exit out of Settings and return to the Facebook app to have full photo access again, both for saving and for uploading pictures.
As mentioned, these privacy options are due to the recent iOS 6 update and shouldn’t impact anyone who downloaded the Facebook app after updating to iOS 6 or on any device that was pre-installed with iOS 6 or later, like iPhone 5 and new iPads.
Thanks to Chris H. on our Facebook page for inspiring the post idea!
Learn how to take and edit photos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Open your Camera app
There are a few ways to open your Camera app.
From your Home screen, tap the Camera app.
Open Control Center, then tap the Camera button .
Swipe to the left to access the Camera, or touch and hold the Camera button .
Take a photo or video
Take high-quality photos with the advanced technologies built into your device. Just find your subject, open the Camera app, then tap the shutter button.
Then unleash your creativity with Camera features like Live Photos, Portrait mode, camera filters, and more. You can even capture photos with time-lapse, slo-mo, pano, and more. Learn more about the camera features on your iPhone.
Flash: The LED flash on your device gives your photo extra light when you need it. Tap the Flash button to turn it on or off.
Live Photos: You can capture life as it happens — in movement and sound. Live Photos is on by default. Tap the Live Photos button to turn it off.
Timer: Set your device somewhere sturdy, frame your shot, then tap the timer button . Choose a 3 or 10 second countdown, tap the Shutter button, then step into the frame.
Front-facing camera: To take a selfie with your front-facing camera, tap the front-facing camera button , find a good angle, then tap the shutter button. With iPhone 6s and later, you can use the Home Screen as a flash for your selfies.
Burst: Trying to capture a picture but your subject matter won’t stay still? Try burst mode. Just tap and hold the shutter button. Burst mode takes multiple photos at once so that you have a range of photos to choose from. On iPhone 11 and later, slide the shutter button to the left and hold it to take a burst of photos, then release it to stop.
On your iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X and later, tap 1x for a higher-quality zoom from farther away. If you want to zoom more than 2x or finely control the image, touch and hold 1x or 2x to get a slider that lets you zoom all the way to 10x. On iPhone 11 and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation), and iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), zoom out to .5x with the Ultra Wide camera.
Edit your photo or video
After you take your photo or video, open it in the Photos app and tap Edit. Then you can adjust the crop, angle, light, add a filter, and more. Choose an adjustment, like Brightness or Saturation, and slide to change the strength and intensity. If you don’t like how your changes look, tap Cancel and revert back to the original.
Adjust light and color
Improve the exposure, saturation, highlights, warmth, tint, and more of your photos and videos. Then use the slider to make precise adjustments with each setting.
Tap one of the photo filters to give your photo a different color effect, such as Vivid or Dramatic. Or try classic black and white looks like Mono and Silvertone.
Crop and straighten
You can drag the corners of the grid tool to set your own crop, then move the wheel to tilt or straighten your photo or video. You can also rotate or flip your photo or video, and adjust the vertical and horizontal perspective.
The iPad could be the best way to do home video chats, if you’re ready for some guidance about how to get the most out of it.
CNET’s regular Thursday Zoom party is soul-restoring (also, I made it my Virtual Background).
My whole life is on video now. Zoom, Houseparty, FaceTime, Hangout, Skype — I’m signing up for all these services to keep up with business, family, friends. We’re swapping devices. We’re using phones, laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, whatever’s around.
Whatever you pick, there’s a drawback. Phones are easy to use and have great front-facing cameras, but are small and hard to share. Laptops are great for propping up and being hands-free, and the camera’s perfectly positioned — but laptops are bulky, and the cameras are often terrible. (Tips for making even a mediocre laptop webcam look better are here.)
Then there’s the iPad . That bigger display, that better-than-your-laptop front-facing camera, its ease of use. It sounds like group-chat magic. It generally is, but there are some issues, too.
OK, this is a chat for Passover on Houseparty, not Zoom. But propping it up so I could show the whole family in frame was a challenge of placement and elevation.
How to prop it up?
The iPad on its own is a large, flat slab that you could hold in your hands, but I’d rather prop up. There are plenty of cases that double as stands, which is your obvious first step.
But the thing about cases: their angles are usually limited. Apple’s expensive Smart Keyboard case has only two angles, and they’re angled upward, so Zooming can look like it’s aimed at the ceiling or the underside of your chin.
I take a few books and gently angle the case edge so the whole thing tilts down a bit, but I’m careful not to let the iPad fall, of course.
You could also prop the iPad between some piles of books or heavy objects, so it stays upright (just be gentle with the iPad’s glass display).
Don’t frame too far away from everyone, but you may need to be creative. At Passover, I had to put the iPad on a folding table and back it off a few feet so we could all be in frame for a multifamily Passover Zoom.
Generally speaking, for single-person video chats, you want the camera at just above eye level for a clean, pro-looking shot.
I’m looking straight at the iPad Pro, but because the camera’s on the left edge, I end up looking like I’m looking somewhere else.
Landscape mode equals off-center camera
Most iPad cases mean the iPad is horizontal (landscape), which also fits the most people in a wide shot. But unlike a laptop, which centers the camera on the long edge, the iPad’s camera is on the shorter edge. so it’s off-center when you do landscape chat.
It means you’re suddenly seeing your face off-angle, and your eyes aren’t looking at the camera. It looks weird.
There’s no great fix here, other than video chatting with the iPad in portrait (upright) mode, which means holding the iPad up, most likely. But just make sure to talk while looking at the left edge of the iPad to make it look like you’re making eye contact. You could drag the window showing your face to the same part of the screen, making it feel a bit more normal — but not all apps allow parts of the display to be moved or resized.
Light yourself and your room well
CNET’s Brian Cooley has some great tips for self-shot video and web chats. Don’t have a bright window or lights behind you, or you’ll be overexposed. Make sure things in your room are put away or at least look OK where you’re focused (move the iPad to frame the shot better, it’s easier than cleaning up).
Apple iPad Pro 2020 (12.9-inch)
Get into virtual backgrounds
Zoom’s virtual backgrounds don’t always work on laptops, but they’re great on iPads. Tap in the settings area to launch virtual backgrounds, then you can pull a photo from your library. Or, take a screenshot of something (press the volume and power button, or the home button and power button) to save a shot and make it your new virtual wallpaper, and don’t even worry about what your room looks like.
Eliminate your environment with headphones
iPads generally have pretty good microphones, and the new iPad Pro’s microphones are stellar. But still, environmental noise can creep in, meaning, kids, pets, loud shows, whatever else is happening in your crazy house (mine’s pretty noisy sometimes).
Headphones are your friend. AirPods are excellent and small, or you could use any small set of earbuds (AirPods have great microphones and can be worn in just one ear if you want to listen more casually).
But really, any headphones can help. Unless you’re doing a group chat at home, that is.
Turn off notifications
Little pop-up banners get annoying in a chat. You can toggle them off in Settings. I’d advise it.
Toggle Gallery vs. Active Speaker for large groups
I’ve been in 60-person Zooms, and four-person ones. It’s easy to forget where people are, especially those who aren’t talking. Tapping the Gallery View button on the left, or Active Speaker when Gallery is on, can switch between everyone being in a giant Hollywood Squares or Brady Bunch grid, or just showing who’s talking. Both have advantages, and it depends on the situation.
Zoom doesn’t do split screen on iPad, but there is Slideover
Some iPad apps allow some split screen. Zoom, however, is a full-screen situation, which means you can’t easily open up anything else while Zooming. There is one small workaround: The Slideover tool means you can always drag an app up onto the Zoom window, and it will hover as a window on top of Zoom. Not all apps do this, annoyingly, but try to slide up from the bottom edge of the screen to get the Dock, and then try dragging one of your apps from there, and if it hovers with a long rectangular shape, it’ll work. Useful for checking something quickly in email or online, for instance. When you’re done, just swipe the Slideover window to the left or right edge of the iPad display it’s hovering near to get rid of it.
Finally: We’re all roughing it, nothing’s perfect
Look, we all have weird hair now, and strange clothes. We are living and working wherever we can. Just connecting is enough. Being with people is the key thing. Turn your video off if you need to (toggle it in the app, through the camera-shaped icon). But these are just some tips to get through things a little more easily.
By Killian Bell • 2:00 pm, July 21, 2020
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Facebook Messenger recently received a handy update that lets iPhone and iPad users share their screens with other users. The feature supports up to 16 people, and we’ll show you how to use it.
Sharing screens is a great way to collaborate on projects, provide technical support, and enjoy content with others remotely. And now it’s easier than ever, thanks to the newest version of Facebook Messenger.
You no longer need to convince others to install another app or subscribe to a certain service. Almost everyone has Facebook anyway, so all you need to do is learn how screen sharing works.
How to share screens with Facebook Messenger
You’ll need to start by installing the latest version of the Messenger app from the App Store. Then, follow these steps:
- Start a Messenger video call with the person or people who you want to share your screen with.
- Swipe up on the control bar at the bottom of your screen.
- Tap the new Share Your Screen button.
- Tap Start Sharing.
- Finally, tap Start Broadcast.
Screen sharing has never been easier.
Those participating in the call will now be able to view your iPhone or iPad screen. They will see everything you see, including incoming notifications, so enable Do Not Disturb if you want to avoid that.
Only you can interact with your device, so there’s no need to worry about others having control. When you’re ready to stop sharing your screen, you can tap the Stop button, or end the Messenger call.