The original and still the best. The New York Times: Gadgetwise - App of the Week!!!

"Of the several [magnification apps] I tried my favorite is Magnifying Glass from I-Beam. The iPhone app is simplicity itself. Turn it on, point the camera at the fine print and then touch the plus button until it is enlarged enough to read...

"Two other built-in features I like about Magnifying Glass: the button that instantly resets the image to low magnification and the camera button which lets you take a photo of your close up." - Roy Furchgott, New York Times

Magnifying Glass is a convenient, fun, easy-to-use magnifying glass for your iPhone and iPad. With infinite zoom, the ability to rotate, freeze, filter and enhance the view, and full control over focus and exposure settings, Magnifying Glass is the most powerful app in its class. Magnifying Glass is also a fully functional zoomable camera! On top of that, it includes a built-in flashlight that is dimmable. Try it today to see why this was the New York Times app of the week!

Magnifying Glass allows you to set focus, torch, and exposure settings on the iPhone and iPad cameras, giving you full control over what you are seeing.

Magnifying Glass features include:
- Infinite digital zoom
- Fully functional zoomable camera
- Ability to freeze the view and further enhance an image
- Built-in flashlight - turn the iPhone torch on and off and have the ability to dim the light
- Rotate the images coming from the camera
- Eight different filters to enhance the live or frozen view
- Special high contrast image filter to reveal hidden details in low light
- Stabilization mode that ensures crisp and sharp images are captured
- Support for both the front and back cameras
- Several interface themes or skins so you can personalize the app to your liking

What’s New

Version 3.9.1

- We are always improving!
- Under-the-hood stability improvements and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Hishamoho ,

Very useful app

This is a high quality and very useful application to be used in many things . The only difficulty for me is the camera button position at the left side which is not comfortable for the right hand thumb and causes loss of focusing and movement blurring .I hope this problem to be fixed by making the button customizable.

Sharon Summers ,

Here’s the scoop...

This app is great, but as an Ms and advanced Sjogren’s Syndrom patient, who will always be on chemo weekly for the rest of my life, I do have one major suggestion because i’m sure that I’m not the only one who has problems seeing. Now, like I said, this app is great. But, the major downfall is that all of these apps doThe same thing; which is, they only allow you to look at things outside of the phone itself. I have been looking for something that will allow me to magnify the words within apps, Google searches, and websites within the phone itself. I can’t imagine that this is a hard thing to do in and of itself.

I’m hoping the developer reads my suggestion as I have only suggested this to this company because I’d like this magnifier the best out of all of them that I have tried. I’m also hoping for a response from them. This way, I would like to know if it is something that could be done or not. Thank you, and it Vance, for reading my suggestion ends taking it into consideration. I greatly appreciate your time and understanding.

𝕃𝕠𝕧𝕖 & 𝔹𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 , 🙏🏻
𝒮𝒽𝒶𝓇𝑜𝓃 💜

Developer Response ,

Hi Sharon. Thank you so much for your suggestion and I'm really glad this app has been of some help to you. I would love to be able to add the feature you suggest, but it is not really something that we can do. Unfortunately, the way the iPhone works, we cannot run our app on top of another app, such as your favorite web browser. The only thing we can magnify is what the camera on your iPhone sees. 

But, Apple does have some great built-in features that might help. If you go to your Settings app and then to Accessibility and then to Zoom, you might find what you are looking for. The Apple software does allow you to zoom in on any screen on your iPhone, including your web browser. Give that a try and let me know if that is the feature you were hoping to find.



Really didn’t expect much from this app because it’s free but I am having a blast creating incredible photos!!! I also use it as a magnifying glass and that works great as well. I’m also able to see things as though I was looking through microscope. Not a professional one mind you but still images are incredible! This app is great and so is the price! FREE!!!


Jeff Hanel
37.4 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Premium Upgrade $1.99
  2. Filters $0.99
  3. Themes $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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