How To: Disable the Parallax Effect in iOS 7 to Reduce Motion on Your iPhone

Disable the Parallax Effect in iOS 7 to Reduce Motion on Your iPhone

Several subtle changes to the user interface have been made in iOS 7, the biggest one being animations, which brings the device to life through the engagement of advanced physics and other visual effects.

One of these animations is the new parallax effect, which gives the illusion that the home screen is multilayered, with the applications and background wallpaper each on their own separate planes. Tilting the device around brings the feature to life, using the iPhone's gyroscope and accelerometer to change the orientation of certain planes.

While the feature may be good-looking and fun to play with, it uses up battery, just like every other feature on your device. If you want to save a little bit of battery and aren't really feeling the parallax view, here's how you disable it.

How to Turn Off the Parallax Effect

If you want to disable parallax, simply head over to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion and turn it ON.

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Once Reduce Motion is enabled, you'll see the parallax effect reduced in the icons, background, and alerts.

More iOS 7 Tips!

There's a lot to learn about the new iOS 7 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so make sure to visit our iOS 7 tips section to explore all of the new features and hidden tricks. Also make sure to check out the 15 most annoying things, 18 coolest new features, and 18 sneaky privacy-betraying settings in iOS 7 that every iPhone user should know about.


I just got off the people will an apple sales person who turn on the reduce motion button. She said she didn't see a difference. I am waiting for my 5s and am not afraid to use it as I get vertigo and migraines from the rapid motion in animation or blinking lights some could have a seizure .

Except I do not have "Reduce Motion" on mine. I go through all those folders, it isn't there.

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