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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable and Use Magnification Gestures in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

If you explore the accessibility menu in your Samsung Galaxy S5, you'll notice that this menu contains with various features, one of which is the magnification gestures feature. By enabling this feature, you can easily magnify the screen and zoom in on a specific area.


How to enable or disable magnification gestures?
Generally, you can find the magnification gestures option and then turn it on or off by using two methods available, through the direct access option or the settings menu.


Method #1: From the direct access option
You can quickly enable or disable the magnification gestures feature by using the following steps if you have enabled the direct access feature and added accessibility menu to the direct access option:
  1. On any screen, press the Home key three times quickly to open up the direct access option.
  2. On pop up menu select Accessibility.
  3. Tap Vision.
  4. Tap Magnification gestures.
  5. Depending on your current settings, tap the ON/OFF switch located at the top right corner of the screen to enable or disable the magnification gestures feature. When the switch is on the right side or shows green means the magnification gestures feature is enabled.


Method #2: From the settings menu
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel.
  2. Tap to go to the settings menu.
  3. With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Personalization section and then tap Accessibility .
  4. Tap Vision.
  5. Tap Magnification gestures.
  6. Depending on your current settings, tap the ON/OFF switch located at the top right corner of the screen to enable or disable the magnification gestures feature. When the switch is on the right side or shows green means the magnification gestures feature is enabled.


How to use magnification gestures?
When this feature is enabled, you can use it as described in the following steps:
  1. On any screen, triple tap the screen to zoom in. While the screen is zoomed in, you can do the following actions:
    • You can pan or explore different part of the screen by dragging two or more fingers across the screen.
    • You can increase the zoom level by spreading two fingers apart together on the screen.
    • You can decrease the zoom level by pinching two fingers together on the screen.
    • Triple tap the screen again to zoom out and return to the previous state.
  2. You can also temporarily zoom in the screen by triple tapping the screen and holding your finger on the screen. Without lifting your finger from the screen, you can do the following actions:
    • You can explore different part of the screen by dragging your finger.
    • Lift your finger from the screen to zoom out the screen and return to the previous state.

Please note that this feature can't work along with air view and one-handed operation, thus both these features will be automatically turned off when you enable the magnification gestures feature. The magnification gestures feature can be used on any screen or app except the keyboard. But, you may notice that while this feature is enabled, the keyboard can't be displayed in floating view and the response time in some apps could be slowed down.

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