How to Use the Zoom Feature on Apple Watch

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If you’re having trouble viewing content on your Apple Watch, you might want to try the Zoom feature. This is actually an Accessibility setting for visually impaired or visually impaired users. But anyone can use it. Maybe you have the 38mm version and want to make it easier to see and select items that are small.

While the screen resolution for Apple Watch Series 4 and above looks better, the tiny screen is still hard for some to read. Thankfully, Apple offers a Zoom feature that you can use on your Apple Watch. So, if you have a little trouble reading a particular complication or app, you can zoom in with a tap when you need to.

How to Enable the Zoom Feature on Apple Watch

The great part about Apple Watch’s Zoom feature is that you can zoom in and out very easily. And since you can adjust the zoom level, you can find the exact size that fits best to see your Apple Watch better.

To use this Apple Watch Zoom feature, the first step you have to do is to activate this Zoom feature. Follow these steps to enable this feature:

.1. If you are using an iPhone, open the Watch app and select General > Accessibility > Zoom.
.2. If you’re using an Apple Watch, go straight to it Settings > General > Accessibility.

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.3. Tap Zoom and activate the switch on the next screen.
.4. You will see a short message informing you that Zoom is Enabled on your Apple Watch homepage.

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After performing the steps above, both the Watch iPhone and Apple Watch apps will see a slider for zoom. So you can adjust it to the amount of zoom you need.

You can also double-tap with two fingers while dragging to change the zoom right on your Watch. Although this method can be a bit tricky.

How to Use Apple Watch’s Zoom Feature

After enabling Apple Watch’s Zoom feature, just double-tap with two fingers to use it. After that, just drag with two fingers to move around the screen. You can also use the Digital Crown to pan your screen when it is zoomed in.

When you’re done using zoom and want to return to the regular view, just tap the screen with two more fingers.

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PS: If you take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, the images will show the original view, not the enlarged one.

Use List View for Your Apple Watch Screen

Users who have difficulty using app icons on their Apple Watch and prefer a more conventional way of viewing apps can also take advantage of List view on Apple Watch.

The Home screen can display applications in a grid or list view. To use a list view, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen.
  2. Press the screen firmly, then the home page will automatically become a List view.

It’s worth noting here that these steps may change slightly after Apple releases iOS 13 and watchOS 6. Apple showcased a lot of what was to come at the WWDC 2022 event earlier this month. In fact, you will be able to control a lot more from your Apple Watch without having to rely on your iPhone. Apple is making it more of a standalone device. But I doubt the Zoom Accessibility feature will be removed. Maybe even get more features.

However, for now, if you need help viewing certain items on your Apple Watch, the Zoom feature is the best way to go.