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

First of all, we need to activate the Zoom function. Launch System Settings by tapping the gear icon on the Switch home screen.

Nintend Switch: select System Settings on the Home screen

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

Activate zoom in the system settings on Nintendo Switch

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

Civilization 6 on Nintendo Switch without zoom

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

Adjust zoom on Nintendo Switch

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

Zoom in on a small text on Nintendo Switch

If you need to play the game while zooming in, press the Home button once to lock the zoom in place. The zoom border will turn gray but will remain on the screen to remind you that you are in Zoom mode.

Zoom locked in place on Nintendo Switch

When locked, you can return to zoom adjustment mode by pressing Home once. And if you want to end Zoom mode completely, double-tap the Home button. But fear not, there are only two taps of the home button if you need to call it back.

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