How to Zoom In on the Nintendo Switch While Playing Any Game

Nintendo Switch console

When playing Nintendo Switch, you will sometimes find a game with text or interface elements too small for you to see them comfortably. Fortunately, the switch includes a system-wide zoom feature that lets you set the magnification level on any game while playing. Here’s how to use it.

First, we need to activate the Zoom function. Launch system settings by pressing the gear icon on the switch Homepage.

Nintend Switch: select System Settings on the home screen

In the list on the left side of the screen, go to “System”, then scroll down and find the “Zoom” option. Select it to activate it.

Enable zoom on system settings on Nintendo Switch

Come home and start the game you want to enlarge. It may contain small graphic details or small texts that are difficult to read on the small screen of the Nintendo Switch in portable mode. In this case, using Zoom is ideal.

Civilization 6 on Nintendo Switch without zoom

To activate the zoom during playback, press the Home button twice quickly. (The Home button is the button with the little house symbol on it.)

Adjusting the zoom on Nintendo Switch

In Zoom mode, use one of the wheels to center on the part of the game screen that you want to zoom. Press “X” to zoom in and “Y” to zoom out. The small green tilt gauge in the lower right corner indicates your zoom level, and the rectangle next to it represents the position of the Zoom window on the screen.

Zoom on a little text on Nintendo Switch

If you need to play the game in zoom, press the Home button once to lock the zoom. The Zoom border turns gray but remains on the screen to remind you that you are in Zoom mode.

Zoom locked in place on Nintendo Switch

Once locked, you can return to the zoom setting mode by pressing Home once. And if you want to completely end the Zoom mode, press the Home button twice. But fear not, there are only two pushed home buttons if you have to call it again.

Another cool feature of the switch is that you can also remap the buttons on the controller. So if you want to use a different button to launch the Zoom mode, you can reassign the Home button in system settings. Good game!

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