Tag Archives: iOS7

iOS7 Turn Off Parallax Effect – no more motion sickness

Do you get motion sickness?  The kind of motion sickness one gets from the spinning teacups at Disney World.  Some people will not experience the effects of motion sickness, while others will be green for hours afterwards.  Well, with Apple’s recent release of iOS7 some people are experiencing these same motion sickness effects.

In the User Experience community, we refer to the effect that is to blame as parallax and while it might make a cool geewiz moment, for some, like me, it wil just makes them ill.  Therefore, we are providing the steps to turn off this effect and go back to a nice non-movement Home screen on your iOS7 device, be it an iPad or iPhone.

I have provided step-by-step screenshots on how to enabled the ‘Reduce Motion’ functionality within iOS7.  If you already are familiar with iOS7 then the short version is provided below.

The short version of the instructions.

  1. Tap into ‘General
  2. Tap into ‘Accessibility
  3. Tap into ‘Reduce Motion
  4. Slide ‘Reduce Motion’ toggle to the right
  5. Done

Disabled Parallax effect iOS7

1. Go into your settings and select General.

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2. Within the General view, Select Accessibility by tapping on it.

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3. Select Reduce Motion.  It is a bit counterintuitive at first to think that Reduce Motion is set to off.  When Reduce Motion is set to Off, then iOS7 is displaying the parallax effect that is making you ill.  We will want to toggle Reduce Motion to on.

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4. Within the Reduce Motion screen, slide the toggle to the right.

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5. The reduce motion toggle will turn green letting you know that the Reduce Motion is enabled.  Afterwards you will want to tap the Accessibility to visually confirm your change.  At this point you could also press your physical home button and begin using your iPhone, but I am the type of person who needs a visual confirmation.

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6.  You will notice that reduce Motion is now set to On.  This confirms that the parallax effect will no longer be shown on your home screen.  Your motion sickness will subside.  Enjoy. 

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iPhone’s iOS7 Shortened Battery Life – Disable App Refresh

OK, so iOS7 was released and yes the battery life was affected in the new operating system release.  Luckily you can largely remedy the situation by disabling your Application refreshes.  Application Refresh allows a subset of applications to be automatically updated by iOS7.  This is a new features and since it periodically must check if there are any new updates to the applications it creates the negative effect of shortening battery life.

Below are some screenshots on how to ‘Disable App Refresh’ for those that are new to the Settings section of iOS7.  For those that are familiar with settings the high-level steps are the following:

  1. Tap into ‘General
  2. Tap into ‘Background App Refresh
  3. Slide ‘Background App Refresh’ toggle to the left
  4. Confirm ‘Disabled Background App Refresh
  5. Done

1. Go Into the iOS7 Settings and tap General. 

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2. Within the General section, select Background App Refresh.

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3. On the Background App Refresh view you will notice that the toggle switch is slid to the right and is presently green.  You will want to slide the toggle to the left.

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4. Upon sliding the toggle to the left you will be prompted within a modal overlay.  At this point you will want to confirm your action by tapping on Disable Background App Refresh.  

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5.  After tapping the Disable Background App Refresh button, the modal overlay will go away and you will once again shown the Background App Refresh view.  Notice that the toggle is now slid to the left and is no longer green.  At this point you have properly disabled the applications from running in the background of iOS7 and saved yourself a bit of battery life.  You can click on the home button (the big round physical button on the bottom of the iPhone) and go back to using your phone.

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