How to prevent vertigo by reducing motion with accessibility on your iPhone and iPad

Reduce motion is an Accessibility feature that settles down and smooths out the zooms, pans, shifts, parallax, and other dynamic elements on the iPhone and iPad. Although current versions of iOS are built on a physics and particle engine that help give make them look more alive, for people who suffer from vertigo or other versions of motion sickness, the movements results not in delight but in nausea. With reduce motion most of that goes away. Zooms become fades, parallax becomes static, and bounces settle themselves down.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Choose the option for Reduce Motion and turn the option to On.

That's all there is to it. Not only does iOS not have movable backgrounds anymore, transitions are also sped up to simply fade in and out. This results in much snappier response times when jumping into apps and back out.

Give it a try and let us know how it works for you in the comments!

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  • I really like the new fade in/out....much easier on my eyes.
  • Agreed. Didn't make sense in other versions as it did nothing to speed up transitions at all. Glad to see they fixed it now.
  • Since i updated to iOS7, i reduced the motion in the settings but nothing has happened. Im glad to see the issue finally fixed but i still feel the transitions are somehow slower than natural and not very smooth compared to my other iOS 6 iPhone transitions (maybe it's an issue or it's just how apple wanted it?) .. I know Apple could do much better and im hoping for it on a newer update.
  • Never had a problem with the swooping, always though it was well done. The fading seems like it works well as well, seems like a win-win, whatever your in the mood for.
  • Glad this is an option now. I didn't care for the "fly in/out" effect.
  • I'm a big fan of this option. When I want to get things done fast, I don't care to be presented with slow fancy animations. They got pretty old pretty fast for me!
  • Glad they did this. People on older iPhones should do it for sure.
  • This should be the only option. At the very least, the default option.
  • I'm glad they provided the option for reduced motion. It's good to have choices. I prefer the reduced motion setting On. It works well for me. Sent from the iMore App
  • The parallax motion hurt my eyes. The animations were cool but too slow, if they made them many frames quicker it wouldn't have been so bad. I'll take the speed of the fades over good looks.
  • Loved parallax and fly-in for about 3 days. After that, I just wanted responsiveness, so reduce motion works for me.
  • Personally I never really noticed an issue with the speed of transitions. My 5s is very snappy without altering this setting. I could see the need for older phones.
  • I found many times with my iPhone 5 where I had tapped on the screen or tried to pull down notification center, only for it not to work because the screen transition hadn't finished yet. The animation didn't perform poorly, it just took too long. I'm rolling with "Reduce Motion" ON and enjoying it. On my iPad 3, turning this on is necessary. The transitions are so jerky and painful to my eye. Makes my iPad feel laggy. Too bad nothing was done for the transition and graphic hiccups on my iPad when bringing up the multitasking interface or swiping through the running apps. Still jerky and "Reduce Motion" doesn't do anything for this transitions (or any of the ones using gestures) so they still jerk in front of my eyes.
  • This isn't a new feature, this was also available in 7.0.2. Why is everyone think this is a new feature? I like this way much better, much rather have speed than that wasted movement.
  • In 7.0.2 it only turn off parallax. Now it disable the zoom in/out animation Sent from the iMore App
  • I stand corrected, you are right. Thanks
  • I turned the "fly-in" setting off to speed things up, but then I realize I've grown to really like the animation because my eyes are already on the app I am opening. So I turned the option back off and I am back to animation. Love it. :) Sent from the iMore App
  • In my experience turning this function off does not make it any faster. It makes it seem slower.
  • Yes, the fade effects are still too slow.
  • First thing I did, I am content now, I didn't care for the flying animations.
  • Great tips! Thanks alot! I'm still using iphone 4S where the RAM is not as big as 5C/5S so to me speed is more important than visual effect / motion.
  • First thing I enabled. I had a 5S and went back when I didn't really find a difference in performance from my 5. The flying animations even on the 5S made my expensive new device feel slow. With the animations turned off, my phone feels new again, not to mention the improved performance on my wife's iPhone 4.
  • I liked the animations but not the Parallax Effect. I wish they had added separate toggles so one could choose how they prefer both. I have reduced motion off. But do like the swooshing fly in animations. Sent from the iMore App
  • The new transitions might be easier on the eyes for some, but they aren't faster! Test it yourself.
    Use a stopwatch. Open an app where you can scroll after it opens (I used Zite). As soon as you launch the app, start scrolling with your finger. Stop the stopwatch when it starts scrolling. Both transitions are equally fast with maybe a slight edge to the original animation.
  • Change is good but not always better. Don't like the new calender, don't like the notes, can't find a font change. Like the old look of Safari better. Liked the old transparent text bubble much better than the plain flat looking one now. Hope the next upgrade replaced some of the good stuff that was changed.
  • Turning on the reduce motion feature didn't work for me. It still zooms in and won't allow me to zoom out.