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iPhone Video Zoom During Playback

Here’s a nice new trick for iOS 9 users: You can now zoom videos during playback in your “Photos” app using the pinch-to-zoom gesture. We’ve already covered a lot of ground in our iOS 9 feature overview and iOS 9 speed tweak guide, but this one has not been mentioned yet. Here’s a guide on how to use the new iPhone video zoom during playback.

Older versions of iOS only allow you to zoom when looking at photos and other images in your “Photos” app. With iOS 9 and above, we can finally get up close with any detail in our new and old videos, which is especially great with respect to the 4K video resolution of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

How to zoom videos on iPhone

Prerequisite: You need iOS 9.0 and above, but this trick should work on all iOS devices that include the “Photos” app. Older iPhones should thus work perfectly. Make sure you update your iOS firmware to the latest version.

Zooming during video playback

There’s little skill involved in mastering the technique of this trick.

Simply open up your “Photos” app and select one of your videos. Press the Play Button to start playback, then use the pinch-to-zoom gesture to check out the details of your video. You can zoom in and out using the gesture, or shift the magnified portion around using two fingers and a dragging motion.

Hint: This technique applies to all video types, including “Slo Mo”

Depending upon your iPhone model, the quality might suffer a little when zooming into noisy low-light shots. While Apple hasn’t yet developed CSI Miami style “enhancement” for deciphering number plates or tiny details in your shots, you should now be able to spot a lot more of the hidden secrets of your videos.