How to Reduce Transparency and Blur for better contrast and readability in iOS 7.1

iOS 7 brought some huge changes to Apple’s mobile operating system, with concepts like transparency, depth, motion etc., that were extensively used in the interface. If you don’t like the transparency and blur, here’s how you can reduce it in iOS 7.1.

The transparency and blur are useful to convey depth, but can consume battery and also be distracting, so here’s how to reduce the transparency in Notification Center, the Dock, Keyboard and a number of other places:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.1 or higher, and navigate to General > Accessibility
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  • Scroll down and tap on the “Increase Contrast” button
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  • Enable the “Reduce Transparency” switch
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You should now see the transparency reduced, and the background of various elements like Control Center, Dock, Keyboard etc. turn opaque.

Home Screen: Reduce Transparency Off and Darken Colors Off (left), Reduce Transparency On and Darken Colors Off (Center), Reduce Transparency On and Darken Colors On (Right)
Folders: Reduce Transparency Off and Darken Colors Off (left), Reduce Transparency On and Darken Colors Off (Center), Reduce Transparency On and Darken Colors On (Right)

Here’s a video demo:

Reduce Transparency makes text on iOS a little more legible, but takes away blur, one of the signature additions of iOS 7. Let us know if youll be using this setting in the comments below.

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