How to Reduce Motion on the iPad's Interface

The iPad's interface includes visual effects with windows opening and closing and a parallax effect that causes app icons to float above the background wallpaper. For many, this is a nice addition to an interface that had become stale over the past few years, but for some, the visual effects can bring on motion sickness-like symptoms such as dizziness and nausea. Luckily, you can reduce the motion on the iPad's interface to help reduce these symptoms.

  • First, you need to go into the iPad's Settings. It's the app with icon that looks like a gear.Get help to do this...
  • Next, choose the ​General option from the left-side menu. This will bring up all of the general settings.
  • While in the General settings, locate the option for Accessibility settings. This is near the top, just under Siri, Spotlight Search, and Multitasking. Tapping this option will bring up settings that include options aimed at those with vision or hearing loss.
  • In the Accessibility settings, tap the "Reduce Motion option. This option is towards the end of the second group of settings.
  • Once you are drilled into the Reduce Motion setting, simply tap the on/off button to turn Reduce Motion on or off.

What Else Can You Do To Reduce Nausea?

The reduce motion option can help out with those suffering from motion sickness symptoms, but it doesn't completely eliminate all motion.  While still in the Accessibility options, you choose "Increase Contrast" and flip the "Reduce Transparency" option on to provide a clearer level of detail between the layers of graphics.   

And if you still suffer some problems, you can help eliminate the issue with the parallax effect by choosing a single color background for your wallpaper.