A woman found the iPhone’s hidden camera app

Your iPhone has a hidden camera feature that you’ve almost certainly overlooked.

The Magnifying Glass tool uses your iPhone’s built-in camera to magnify text or objects so you can see them more clearly.

The magnifying glass has been around for years but was highlighted in a recent video posted by TikTok tech guru Katarina Mogus.

This is part of Apple’s accessibility features, which are designed to meet users’ visual, physical, and auditory needs.

The idea is that people with visual impairments can use it to make their lives easier, but it’s also very useful for general users.

“The magnifying glass works like a digital magnifying glass,” Apple explains on its website.

“It uses your iPhone’s camera to magnify the size of what you’re pointing at, so you can see details more clearly.

“Use the flash to illuminate the subject, adjust filters to distinguish colors, or snap a photo for a static close-up.”

It’s pretty easy to unlock.

First you need to open your Settings app.

Then tap Accessibility and then Guided Access, which is at the bottom of the page.

Turn on Guided Access, then return to the Accessibility Settings page.

This feature was highlighted by TikTok tech guru Katarina Mogus.
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Tap Accessibility Shortcuts and then tap Magnifier.

Now every time you triple tap your iPhone screen you will open the Magnifier tool.

This will launch a greatly enlarged version of the camera app.

You can control the zoom level with a slider at the bottom of the page depending on how far you want to look.

There’s also the option to take still photos with the magnifying glass, so you don’t have to hold your phone over the text you want to read.

You can change the color and brightness of the displayed image and also turn on the flash, which is handy in the dark.

Accessibility features are primarily designed to help people with intellectual or physical disabilities.

The purpose of the function is that people with visual impairments can see better.
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However, they can also be useful for able-bodied users.

You can use accessibility features to set up voice commands to perform a variety of tasks.

This includes opening Control Center, going to the Home screen, opening specific apps, and more.

You can even use the feature to dictate and edit text with your voice.

Other accessibility features in iOS include VoiceOver, which reads websites or text messages aloud, and Assistive Touch, which places a digital home button on your screen.

This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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