Enlarging Icons on iPad: A Guide for Better Visibility


Ted Stinson

Struggling to see those tiny icons on your iPad? Well, you’re in luck because enlarging them is a breeze! In just a few taps, you can boost those icons to a size that’s comfortable for you. Say goodbye to squinting and hello to a clearer view of your apps and tools. Let’s get those icons big and bold!

Step by Step Tutorial: Enlarging Icons on iPad

Before we dive into the steps, let’s talk about why this is important. Enlarging icons on your iPad not only helps those with visual impairments but also enhances the overall user experience. Bigger icons mean less strain on your eyes and less time spent trying to hit that tiny target.

Step 1: Open ‘Settings’ on your iPad

Navigate to your iPad’s home screen and tap on the ‘Settings’ icon.

Accessing ‘Settings’ is your gateway to customizing your iPad experience. Think of it as the control center for all the tweaks and changes you can make to your device.

Step 2: Tap on ‘Display & Brightness’

Scroll down the ‘Settings’ menu and select the ‘Display & Brightness’ option.

This section controls how things look on your iPad, from brightness levels to text size, and yes, the size of your icons.

Step 3: Select ‘View’ under the ‘Display Zoom’ section

In the ‘Display & Brightness’ settings, you’ll find the ‘Display Zoom’ option. Tap on ‘View’ to change the zoom settings.

‘Display Zoom’ is a nifty feature that not only enlarges icons but also increases the size of text and other screen elements for better visibility.

Step 4: Choose ‘Zoomed’ and tap ‘Set’

You’ll be given two views to choose from: ‘Standard’ and ‘Zoomed.’ Select ‘Zoomed,’ then tap ‘Set’ to confirm your choice.

Once you’ve chosen ‘Zoomed,’ your iPad will restart to apply the new settings. When it turns back on, you’ll notice that everything on your screen looks bigger.

After you complete these steps, your iPad icons will be larger and much easier to see and tap. No more missed taps or eye strain, just a more comfortable iPad experience.

Tips: Enlarging Icons on iPad

  • If you’re also having trouble with text size, you can adjust that separately in the ‘Settings’ under ‘Display & Brightness’ and then ‘Text Size.’
  • Remember that enlarging icons will mean less space on your home screen, so you might have to reorganize your apps.
  • Use the ‘Zoom’ accessibility feature for a temporary magnification of your screen if you need to see something in greater detail.
  • Consider changing the background wallpaper to something less busy to help your enlarged icons stand out even more.
  • Regularly update your iPad’s software to ensure you have access to the latest display and accessibility features.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will enlarging icons affect my iPad’s performance?

No, enlarging icons is purely a visual adjustment and will not impact the performance or speed of your iPad.

Can I enlarge icons on only certain pages of my home screen?

The icons’ size setting applies universally across your iPad, so you can’t enlarge icons on selected pages only.

Will enlarging icons rearrange my apps?

Your apps may shift around to fit the new icon size, but they shouldn’t get rearranged. You might need to do some manual organization post-enlargement.

Can I still use my iPad in landscape mode with enlarged icons?

Yes, your iPad will function normally in landscape mode, but with the same enlarged icons you set in portrait mode.

Is there a way to enlarge icons without restarting my iPad?

Unfortunately, the ‘Zoomed’ view requires a restart to take effect. There’s no way around this at the moment.


  1. Open ‘Settings’
  2. Tap on ‘Display & Brightness’
  3. Select ‘View’ under ‘Display Zoom’
  4. Choose ‘Zoomed’ and tap ‘Set’


And there you have it, folks! Enlarging icons on your iPad is as simple as pie. It’s a quick and easy process that can make a world of difference for your eyes and fingers. No more struggling to hit the right app or squinting to see what’s on your screen. Just a few taps in the ‘Settings’ and you’re good to go with larger, more visible icons.

Remember, your iPad is meant to be a tool that adapts to your needs, so don’t hesitate to play around with the settings until you find what works best for you. Whether you need a little boost or a significant increase in icon size, your iPad’s got you covered. And hey, while you’re at it, why not explore other accessibility features that could further enhance your experience? There’s a whole world of customizability waiting for you in that ‘Settings’ app.

So, take control of your iPad, make those icons bigger, and enjoy the comfort and convenience of a personalized device. Happy tapping!