How to Touch to Enlarge Top Screen Icons on iPhone

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If you find that the little icons at the top of the iPhone's screen are a bit too small to see, there's a way to enable the touch to enlarge feature to see them better. Do note that it will require you to enlarge your iPhone's text to be very large, but if you find the iPhone hard to read, this may be perfect for you!

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Make the icons at the top of the iPhone screen larger when you touch and hold them.
  • Make the text of your iPhone larger and easier to see.

How to Make the Icons at the Top of the Screen Larger

System Requirements

This tip was performed on an iPhone 12 running iOS 17.3 or later. Learn how to update to the latest iOS.

If you want to be able to get an easier view of the small icons that line the top of the iPhone's home screen (officially called the status bar), you can go into Settings to enable a hidden touch to enlarge feature. If you like learning about hidden tips on your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. On your iPhone, open Settings.

    touch to enlarge
  2. Tap Accessibility.

    make small icons at top bigger
  3. Tap Display & Text Size.

    small icons top of iPhone
  4. Tap Larger Text.

    press and hold to see battery
  5. Toggle on Larger Accessibility Sizes.

    touch and hold to see wifi
  6. Drag the slider to any of the last five notches to enable touch to enlarge.

    touch to enlarge wifi
  7. Now, touch any of the icons at the top of the screen. They will enlarge as a separate window in the center of your iPhone's screen.

    touch to see bigger battery

And that's how you enable the hidden touch to enlarge feature to make the small icons at the top of the home screen easier to see. I hope this helps! Keep in mind that to enable these larger status bar icons, the rest of the text on your iPhone will be enlarged as well.

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.