How to Use Zoom on the iPhone 11 Pro & the iPhone 11 Pro Max

If you have an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max with 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, you can easily select the exact amount of zoom you'd like to use with each shot with the zoom slider. With Ultra-Wide thrown into the mix, your zoom menu has changed to make it easier for you to swap back and forth between your cameras. Learning how to use the zoom on the iPhone gives you more freedom to play with photography, so let's get started learning how to use the zoom slider on your iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

Related: Live Photos: The Complete Guide to iPhone's Moving Pictures

*Note* The more you zoom past 2x, the more pixelated your photo will become.

To begin:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Focus on your subject. Above the shutter, you’ll see a horizontal zoom menu.
  3. Tap the 0.5x icon to switch to the Ultra-Wide camera.

  4. Tap the 1x icon to switch to the default level of zoom.
  5. Tap the 2x icon to zoom in slightly.

  6. For more granular control, and the ability to zoom to 10x, press and hold any icon in the horizontal zoom menu; a zoom slider dial will appear.
  7. Move your finger to the right along the dial to zoom in or to switch to the Ultra-Wide camera.
  8. Move your finger to the left along the dial to zoom out. 

  9. When you've found the zoom setting you want, tap the shutter button to take your photo.
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.