The Photos app for iOS allows users to zoom into images using pinch gestures, but the zooming capabilities are limited and don't let users to zoom all the way in to a photo. There is, however, a bug in iOS that allows zooming beyond the current limit, shared this morning by iDownloadBlog.

In the iOS Photos app, opening a photo and then using the "Edit" feature and the "Crop" tool to rotate the photo by 90 degrees appears to remove the zooming limit. After rotating the photo sideways, a second edit can be done to rotate it back to the correct angle, leaving the bug intact and allowing for further zooming.

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Max normal zoom in Photos on left, extra zoom through Photos bug on right

Unlimited zooming is only available on a photo that's been rotated through the Crop tool, and exiting the Photos app or switching over to another image resets the photo so the zoom bug no longer works. A video demonstration is below.


Zooming in beyond the current thresholds in the Photos app is of little practical use in most cases, because the image becomes extremely pixellated, but it could be useful to people who want to zoom into a specific area of an photo just a bit further.

The zooming bug works on iPads and iPhones running iOS 9.3.2 and the iOS 9.3.3 beta. It is not clear when it will be fixed as it's likely a bug that's not a main priority.

Top Rated Comments

JonneyGee Avatar
78 months ago
This "bug" sounds more like a feature to me.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sputnikv Avatar
78 months ago
i've never understood on being limited to zoom into my own pictures. often times i'll resort to taking screenshots of an image zoomed in, and zooming into that
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dlewis23 Avatar
78 months ago
This guy uses my app. Awesome :D
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
b11051973 Avatar
78 months ago
Why is there a limit on the zoom in the first place. It always drives me nuts when I can't zoom in as far as I want to.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TMRJIJ Avatar
78 months ago
This is a very useful bug :cool:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AnsonX10 Avatar
78 months ago
As someone that frequently works with graphics at the pixel level, this is a feature that has been missing from iOS since iPhone OS 1.0 (except for couple bugs along the way, similar to this one). For most people, zooming in further would merely be a nice feature for certain photos. But for designers and people that work with graphics in general, it would be amazing.

I literally use [S]Universal Access's[/S] Accessibility's zoom feature at least once every day. I have the pixel smoothing turned off, because I like to look at the pixels for one reason or another. Sometimes it's just to see how a certain program has chosen to do sub-pixel smoothing. Sometimes it's to study something more useful that would otherwise be impossible.

What I don't get is why Apple has the zoom level limited in the first place.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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