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After upgrading to iOS 13, double tap to zoom in on an element (like a column of text) on web pages does not work any more. Not on iPhone, not on iPad. Simply nothing happens. (this is with Safari web browser)

Pinch zoom still works.

Is there some setting or similar to re-enable the tap zoom feature?

Actually, it kind of works when tapping on empty parts of web pages, but nothing happens when tapping on text (which is where I actually need it).


Apparently this problem appears only on some pages and not on others, so here is a list.

List of web pages that have this problem:

(feel free to expand it)

* this page zooms on doubletap on iPad, but not on iPhone SE

List of web pages that do not have this problem:

  • I noticed that too. tried it on a couple of sites and the double tap did nothing, even if I select mobile site or desktop site on my iPad, no change. Oddly enough a double tap worked on Daring Fireball. So perhaps it depends on how the web site is coded. Annoying but it deserves some investigation. – Steve Chambers Oct 1 at 14:54
  • @SteveChambers maybe because that website has quite some space between the lines? Just guessing. I see some threads on reddit on this issue (some from the iOS 13 beta versions), but not much. – David Balažic Oct 1 at 15:59
  • I noticed that if I tap the website settings and change to desktop view, the dbl-tap doesn't zoom. If I go to mobile view on the same site (and that site actually displays a mobile view) then dbl-tap zooms as expected. Maybe if you add some sites that have this problem to your question, we can do some extra checking. – fsb Oct 1 at 16:14
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    I tried that with a number of sites including MacWorld on both mobile and desktop versions and no change. I'd do more testing but you know... work. – Steve Chambers Oct 1 at 16:22
  • Apparently it works on some sites and not on others. I'll make a list of non-working sites. – David Balažic Oct 1 at 17:10
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This answer doesn't enable double tap zoom feature.

Double tap is being used to select a word in text on iOS13, so it might not work correctly when used not for the same.

Page zoom can be done using the AA looking icon. The settings for individual websites can be edited in Safari Settings.

https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/make-text-bigger-smaller-ios-13s-safari-without-affecting-rest-webpage-0200096/

  • No, doubletap does not select text. I just tried it on the web pages listed in the question. Nothing happens on doubletap. – David Balažic Oct 15 at 9:44
  • Oh so do they work only on editable text ? – ankii Oct 15 at 11:36
  • Double tap works for iBooks pdf items and Notes. Does not work for epub books, where the aA is enabled, as in Safari. To select text, just simply tap and hold. – Yoan Oct 15 at 12:42

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