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Is iOS 7 making you seasick? Here’s how to turn off the parallax effect.

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As people upgrade their old iPhones(s aapl) to iOS 7 — or get new handsets running Apple’s latest software — some are reportedly getting seasick on dry land. Look on Twitter and you’ll see a number of comments from people complaining about the parallax effect in iOS 7: The iOS 7 background seemingly moves around behind app icons based on how the phone is held.

Here’s a recent complaint of the issue from actress Mia Farrow:

Wired offers a solid technical explanation for how parallax works but if you’re getting queasy because of it, you can simply turn it off. The setting isn’t where you might expect it though.

To disable parallax in iOS 7, simply navigate to Settings, General, Accessibility and turn the “Reduce Motion” option on.

disable ios 7 parallax

One simple setting and you can use iOS 7 Dramamine-free!

40 Responses to “Is iOS 7 making you seasick? Here’s how to turn off the parallax effect.”


    Got an I-4 and loved it ( last year) got tired of the deal to upgrade all the time, so I finally did – SO SORRY I DID ! Used to be able to do a touch on news pop-up pics – not anymore. Even the young people can’t help me straighten out. Called Apple and asked – couldn’t help. Just got the wife a new I-4 ( but still with old op sys – her’s works fine – Apple says there is now way to go back, except to take back to ( in my case, ATT) and have it formatted and returned to original OS. My wife’s phone is 1 yr. newer than mine and has the same OS as I originally had until last month !
    CAN’T SAY i WASN’T WARNED, by my son’s friends, against doing it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. so tried of all the complaints. Apple obviously cannit make everyone happy. if you find yourself unhappy with the product; act like an adult, get a refund and stfu.

  3. It does not make me sick but all the Zooming and fading takes up time, maybe only a fraction of a second but if you compare to another device with IOS 6 it makes the older phone seem faster. When I tap on button or icon I expect an instant action not a graphic show.

  4. I can not locate a Reduce Motion button after updating to 7.02 on my iphone 4.

    Incidentally, I have had seemingly out of the blue non-stop migraines since last week (same for my two daughters) … the only difference is the ios 7 update. I am really hopeful Apple will address! For some of us, it is a real thing!

  5. After updating to 7.02 I can not find a reduce motion button. I have had pretty constant migraines since updating a week ago … but didn’t put 2+2 together. My 2 kids, who also updated have had the same. Hopefully Apple will address!

  6. The “Reduce Motion” helped a teeny-weeny bit. The zooming I could do without, but could get accustomed to after using it. A little weird, I suppose, but the main thing I don’t care for is the grey icon background–the black were much prettier and a lot easier to read–same with Messaging, Contacts, Mail, etc. The older version had more “character,” if you will—
    7.0.2 is too plain and hum-drum.

    All in all, the older version was much more eye pleasing.

  7. Peter Mark

    Hello Kevin

    Good article, but after installing 7.0.2 the described option “Reduce Motion” does not exist anymore at the described place!

    Is it now on a new place OR was it completely removed?


  8. the parallax thing was indiscernable to me, but I agree that the design approach is NOT an improvement. A nod to Jobs is that he would have apologized and fixed it. Too early to tell what this team will do. But that “can’t please ’em all” attitude on the part of Apple cultists is BS. We pay puh-lenty of money for these devices; when this many of us are nauseated, a fix has to happen. Apple is supposed to serve its clients, not the reverse.

  9. Taufiq Habib

    Don’t be so dramatic…seasick? I hardly noticed the effect till I just now read about it.
    But I do agree that Apple’s redesigns would make Steve Jobs turn in his grave…

    • R. Young

      Yes if you are a person who gets motion sick it triggers the same effect. If your not one of those people that’s awesome for you, but I would prefer to look at my phone without being nauseated like I have done for years and years with the rest of my apple products.

      Why sit here and talk about about something that doesn’t effect you like you have some expert opinion on the matter.
      If you like it great, if you don’t move the hell on…

    • R young

      It’s not being dramatic, if you have issues with motion sickness the effect triggers the same response.

      If you are one of the people that is lucky enough to not have a issue that’s great for you, but don’t talk crap about others who do, like you are an expert on the subject.

      If you find an article that does not pertain to you, you find the content stupid, and yet are compelled to comment…… Interesting.

  10. Steve Jobs’s RDF is alive and well (Reality Distortion Field). It has Mia and gobs of commenters around the net in its grip. They see only good when Jobs was with us and only bad since. Silly! Jobs repeatedly screwed up, issued apologies, revisions, etc.

    The new Apple team’s an excellent one… and to blame some vertigo on Steve’s passing is one more example of contemporary net irrationality!

    • :-D I am (or was) what you may call Apple fan. iPhone 4, 4S, 5. iPad 1, 2, 3, MacBook Pro Retina. But – sorry to say – with iOS 7 Apple is leaving its good philosophy. Design in iOS 7 rules the usage and it is very wrong. Design must be always servant of usability, readability and pleasantness. iOS 7 is buggy, ugly, self centered – I updated and was not fast enough to downgrade. Luckily I updated only iPhone. Wow factors is gone, iOS 7 has few grate functions, but design (and again, it is not change of design but change of whole philosophy towards user experience) screwed it altogether.

  11. Let me get this straight, Apple cultists.

    Apple is too lazy to do the obvious product testing, and find out that parallax and zooming make some people physically sick. There’s no way to turn off zooming, and the parallax can only be turned off by the sick people going through several more screens of sick-inducing motion.

    And all this is the customer’s fault, not Apple’s, because it’s the customer’s responsibility to make sure they are worthy and their bodies are ready.

    Yet another reason not to waste money on crApple products….

    • I wonder how anyone can be happy with iOS 7 design. First time where Apple went the way that design rules the use instead vice versa as it shall be…
      Apple – is it permanent change of strategy to worst?