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Turning off Parallax in iOS 7

The new Parallax feature is one of the more interesting design changes in iOS 7, but many find it to be motion sickness inducing or just downright distracting. If you find yourself in that group of users, the good news is that you can easily turn it off. Simply go into Settings, General, Accessibility and you can the option listed as Reduce Motion; toggling this ON will disable the parallax effect throughout iOS 7. As an added bonus, turning this off may even help you conserve a bit of battery life by reducing the use of the accelerometer and gyroscope.

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Unfortunately, what this setting does not do is turn off the exploding/imploding effects which seem to be the main issue with people getting headaches and motion sickness. Perhaps in a future update these effects will be tied to the parallax setting.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM (CDT)


I agree with rockmeplmsoul.  I didn’t realize how often I switched between apps until the new release.  The constant motion is annoying.  I’m still having a hard time seeing improvement over ios6.  I had to update an old ipod touch yesterday and was surprised at how vibrant the icons appeared.  Oh well, change is good?

Posted by cutacrossshorty on October 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM (CDT)


Apple in all their wisdom, still forces you to do things their way.

Don’t like the parallax? Turn it off.

What about the zoom? Well, we at Apple LOVE it, so…TOUGH.

All that blinding white? We at Apple love it, so SUCK IT!

Would it be too much to ask if the allowed us to customize the appearance EVEN A LITTLE? The constant zooming, parallax and BLINDING WHITE is a little too much for most users.

BEST THING YET: Need to look at your phone for whatever reason in a dark room? Result: AUUUGGGHHH!!! MY EYES!!! MUST. TURN. DOWN. BRIGHTNESS!!

Give us that little freedom Apple, and we will have even less inclination to jailbreak our devices.

Posted by ahMEmon on October 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM (CDT)


On an iphone 4 with ios 7.02, there is no apparent way to turn off parallax - there is no reduce motion toggle.  Can anyone help???

Posted by Deedar on October 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM (CDT)


@Deedar (#4): The iPhone 4 doesn’t support the parallax feature, so there’s nothing to turn off.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on October 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM (CDT)

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