How to fix motion sickness issues in iOS 7.1

iOS 7 was a huge change from iOS 6, in which Apple embraced parallax, motion effects, and other kinds of animations to convey depth. These changes however made some people sick, causing headaches and nausea.

Apple addressed these issues with new accessibility settings in iOS 7.0.3, and further improved upon them in the recently released iOS 7.1. You can now not only tone down the animations during app launch and opening the app switcher, but also reduce the moving backgrounds in the Weather app and the bouncy scroll in the Messages app.

How to fix motion sickness issues in iOS 7.1

  • Open the Settings app and navigate to General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, and turn on the Reduce Motion toggle.
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  • Enabling Reduce Motion will turn most animations into simple crossfade effects, and reduce the parallax movement seen in various UI elements when you tilt the device. It will also remove the moving background in Weather and the bounce scrolling effect in Messages.
  • To disable this behavior, you can turn off Perspective Zoom by navigating to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness, and choosing a new Wallpaper.
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  • When the wallpaper is previewed, you’ll see a new Perspective Zoom button. Tap on the button to disable it (it should say Perspective Zoom: Off), and set the wallpaper. iOS will no longer move your wallpaper when you tilt your device.
Perspective Zoom On (Left), Perspective Zoom Off (Right)
Perspective Zoom On (Left), Perspective Zoom Off (Right)

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