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3 unexpected tricks for your smartphone

Your phone has a hidden treasure trove of talents you might not be aware of. Unlock more of your favorite gadget’s potential with these three tricks that will help you get a better look at small print, digitize your old photos, and stay in the know when you get new notifications.

1) Use your smartphone as a magnifying glass

Not everyone has 20/20 vision. And even if you do, sometimes the small print is just too small to read. It’s a good thing you have your smartphone handy. You can use it like a digital magnifying glass to make small fonts readable or to get a better look at a menu or other documents even if the lighting is bad.

For iOS devices, open up your settings and go to “General” and then “Accessibility.” Click the “Magnifier” setting listed under “Vision,” then turn on the toggle switch for the magnifier. You can now quickly trigger this feature by pointing the camera at what you want to read and triple-clicking the home button. When the magnifier is open, you can adjust the magnification, turn on the flash to see better, or change the brightness or colors.

For Android phones, one option is to go to your settings and choose “Accessibility.” Turn on “magnification gestures.” A triple-tap on the screen will enlarge anything on the screen, whether it’s an app or your camera view. For a more full-featured experience with easier control over using your phone’s flash for lighting, check out an app like Magnifying Glass Flashlight.

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