During my iOS 7 review, I often opined about how slick Apple’s new pseudo 3d effects, zoom and animation has had on the iOS experience. The level of depth created by the parallax feature is unlike any other smartphone platform. Positive response to these effects has not been unanimous, with numerous reports of folks suffering from motion sickness from iOS 7. By just using their iPhones, the symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches and not feeling well overall. Thankfully, there are a few changes you can make to the settings on your iPhone or iPad that should help.

iOS 7 motion sickness

Reduce Motion
While you cannot disable the motion effects entirely, there is a setting to reduce motion. Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility. Select Reduce Motion. Make sure the toggle is set to on. The switch should be green as show below.

Reduce motion

Increase Type Size
Apple has shifted to a thinner, lighter font in many areas. By default, all of your third party apps start using the same typeface. iOS 7 supports ‘Dynamic Type’. For apps that support Dynamic Type (many should with their iOS 7 updates), fonts will naturally be set to your preferred size. Larger, easier to read typefaces can be set for stock apps and over time, on support apps.

Larger Dynamic Type

  1. Navigate to Settings > General Accessibility > Select Larger Type
  2. Toggle to ‘On’
  3. Use the slider to adjust to your preferred size

Change Typeface to Bold
In iOS 7 you can change the type from the thinner type to bold.

Bold text iOS 7

Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility
  2. Change Bold Test to ‘One’

You’ll be prompted the the change will require iOS 7 restart. Press continue to restart. This will change the typeface in some areas, most notably on your home screen. The app names should be easier to read.

Lower Your Brightness, Change Your Wallpaper
The retina display can be too bright and could potentially be the cause of eye strain. You can lower the brightness one of two ways:


  1. Swipe up to bring up the control center
  2. Use the slider to adjust the brightness a bit lower

Control center is easy for quick access to commonly used settings. In this case, you might be better of doing things the old-school way, so you can get a better view of how your brightness changes will look.

  1. Navigate to Settings > Wallpapers and Brightness.
  2. Adjust the slider down to reduce the brightness.

Apple now has the option for dynamic wallpapers. These are slow moving backgrounds that move slowly behind your icons. Make sure that you do not have a dynamic wallpaper set. Better yet, try using a simple less-disorienting still background. Here’s a still wallpaper image we’ve created for iPhone 5/5s/5c owners to help.

still wallpaper

We all rely on your iPhones, Macs and electronic devices for an assortment reasons that span work and pleasure. Even the newest technology can cause motion sickness. I’ve had the very same problem with the new iMacs. I wanted so bad to keep it, but was forced to return it after experiencing headaches and nausea. I spend roughly 12-16 hours per day in front of my Mac, but this would happen in a matter of minutes. For those feeling the effects of iOS 7, I genuinely feel for you. There is no way to uninstall iOS 7, but you can use the above tips to improve the situation.

If you’ve been experiencing these issues, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments. Is there anything Apple could do in a future release to make things better for you?