Increase Font Size in Safari on the iPhone by Using Reader
The font / text size in Safari on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can be maddeningly small for some web pages, but a simple way to increase the font size on just about any web site is to use the Reader function that is included in Safari for iOS.
Increasing Web Page Font Size in Safari with Reader Mode
Here’s how this works:
- From any Safari browser window in iOS, hit the “Reader” button in the URL bar to enter into Reader View
- Tap on the “aA” icon in the upper left, then select the larger A on the right side
The effect is immediately, and you can continue tapping the small A or Large A to adjust the font size up or down according to your preferences.
Your eyes will immediately thank you.
This works on just about any web site that has text articles (including ours), but many news sites and blogs will require that you clicked through an article link in order to load properly, or else only the top-most story will be rendered in Reader.
Reader is only available in iOS 5 and newer, you should upgrade if you haven’t yet. You can check out our other iOS 5 tips and coverage here. This feature remains in iOS 6, but has since changed in iOS 7 so that you can no longer directly increase the font size through the Reader app – instead, those versions of iOS adjust the font size here and elsewhere through a general system setting. Meanwhile, the feature was again reintroduced to iOS 9 with Safari, so it’s those in between versions that do not have the improved readability and font size adjustment features.