Some of you might already be offended just by reading the title of this post. How dare we share tips on how to remove the blur effects in iOS? How can we, in just one post, put an end to something that some might consider one of the core design guidelines of iOS? Something that the design team at Apple spent months and months working on. Well, we like options and we also like for you to know that you have options.

Just like I recently shared a simple tip on how to speed up animations in iOS, I want to show you how you can get rid of the blur effects in iOS.

How to remove blur and transparency on iPhone and iPad

The main reason why you’d want to disable the blur effects and transparency in iOS is to improve contrast on some backgrounds in order to improve legibility. If you have vision problems, removing blur effects might indeed help you see what’s on your screen better.

Of course, you might also not be too fond of the blur effects to begin with, and this is a good reason to get rid of them. For the record, I find those blur effects to be essential to the iOS experience so I didn’t disable them on my own device.

In order to remove blur effects in iOS, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency > On.

As far as I can tell, the main spots where blur effects are present – and thus where they can be disabled – are in Notification Center, in Control Center, and a few apps such as Safari, Mail, etc.

As you can see from the images above, the changes aren’t dramatic but they are very much noticeable. Control Center and Notification Center will lose their blurry effect for a plain gray background. I have to say the black background of Notification Center does look pretty slick, but of course, it’s all personal preferences.

What do you think? Are blurry backgrounds enough of an annoyance for you to get rid of them?

  • Peter Cao

    Hey Seb. What’s your wallpaper? I like it 🙂

  • RarestName

    If they don’t slow down the device, then I have no problems keeping them on.

  • patrick

    No its not
    I did the reduced motion setting,
    But I like the blur in ios 7

    • mrhs

      I’m on IOS6 and using BlurriedNCBackground tweak ^^

  • Yunsar

    That’s a nice wallpaper

  • disqus_ywhjRRu4V0

    The FaceTime app is blurred as well.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Not only is it blurred, but you can also see yourself if you look closely when transparency is enabled and you’re in the FaceTime app.

  • Bobby

    Wow, this actually reduced the UI lag. Other than the pure black notification center looking extremely ugly, I actually like this a lot. 🙂

    • Kurt

      I hate jet black. A dark gray would look great with a light gray font. Or white with a dark gray font.

      • Bobby

        Yeah, after enabling this option, every blurred dark background and UI is now in jet black. Hope there will be an update for this problem!!

      • This isn’t a problem. It is by design.
        The toggle isn’t “I don’t like the blur effect”, it’s “increase contrast”. This is important for people whose vision may not be what it once was, so they can read the screen better. Apple isn’t looking to make things pretty here, they’re making it practical.

      • Brandon Weidema

        do you know how boring everything would look with gray on gray?

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      how you can have UI lag on iPhone 5?

  • Kurt

    Both look good. The blur one looks more kiddoish but I still like it.

  • sdhn97

    Noooo, blurry backgrounds make it look much better!

    Multitasking home screen page too goes plain ya?

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    “How to get rid of all nice iOS 7 features” well done iDB….well done

    • Burge

      Since when did iDB put the features into IOS7.? All they are doing is showing users how to change a few options..

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        why would be anyone turning off blur effects in iOS 7? its like they have nothing to write about

      • Burge

        Some people don’t go through the settings of there iphone and just might need to do this. If you look at the reasons why some might need this you might think a bit more before you go and blame iDB for showing people how todo this

      • Tikimaker

        You obviously have nothing to do because you read it and commented.

    • Zachary Sloane

      “How to cry about nothing I honestly care about” well Done Frozen Bee….well done.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS


    • Burge

      You changed your post ..don’t type what you don’t mean ..

  • Danuel Carr

    So, Seb is a Jimi Hendrix fan. I approve.

    • Jo

      Jimi Hendrix is swag-tastic.

  • mehrab

    The blur effect is AWESOME for me
    So no

    • funkybebel

      but this is useful for my old iphone4

      • mehrab

        Reduces lag yep

      • Σαλαη αββας

        Iphone 4 doesn’t have blurring but you can see a little bit via the UI

      • funkybebel

        yes, and when this option is enabled, no more transparency appears, thus the UI must be faster…. but i’ll see at the usage.

  • czbird

    Cool. It’s slowly starting to look like a system for adults, finally 🙂

  • Mark

    It looks awesome already with the transparent blurred effect, why would anyone do this? This is one of the most noticable feature that makes iOS 7.

  • Caio

    There’s blur in Safari and lock screen password as well. I’m in a serious doubt cause I realy like this effect, but it slow down a bit my 4S

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Since my device (iPad 3) doesn’t have any blur effects I don’t have to disable it…

    • Σαλαη αββας

      the only reason why I’m waiting for the jailbreak of ios 7 is to get back the blur effects to my iPad 3

  • Matthew Cooper

    Is triple pressing the button on the headphones and it going to previous track a new thing? I did it by mistake today. I remember having to use activator before to do this.

    • Σαλαη αββας

      I noticed that too , but I’m like you , I have no idea but I feels to me new

      • Dip

        Lol it’s not new. That’s been around for ages. There’s a whole bunch of stuff. Double press = Nxt Trk
        Triple Press = Prev Trk
        Press Then Hold = F Fwd
        Double Press then Hold = Rewind
        Just google. iPod Headphone Shortcuts for everything

      • Matthew Cooper

        Awesome! I havent had an iphone for a year so i wasnt sure if maybe it was introduced in IOS 6. Thanks for the info. I didnt know bout those other shourtcuts either

  • Al

    Reminds me of frosted glass. I could go either way on this, but I haven’t updated from iOS6 yet. Yes I’m still a hold out!!!

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    I kinda like the frostiness of it.

  • David Gitman

    my iphone 4 is so ugly with it -_-

  • For those wondering about the wallpaper, this is the iPad Air wallpaper. You can find it here

    • Jonathan

      Thanks. That’s what I thought you were using. 🙂

  • Y2J

    It also affects the volume, the video player, and the top UI bars in apps like Messages, Safari and Settings to name a few. Not sure what else it changes.

  • Person

    Safari when you go to select the tabs

    • Yousef Diab

      Stays the same as it use to be

  • Dave

    Its funny how the increased contrast is how it looks naturally on the iPhone 4

  • batongxue

    I want the other way round! For my poor iPad 3 only 1.5 years old!
    Apple! Give it to me!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I’m in the same position as you. I think the only thing we can do is wait for a jailbreak

      • batongxue

        Yeah, I have sent an email to Tim Cook about this and no response yet.
        = =

  • Jonathan

    So that’s why my iPad 2 is doing that… I thought it was too old lol.

    • planetcoalition

      Yet the iPad mini has the blur effects despite having an identical chip… Planned obsolescence anyone?

  • Aric Bolf

    This alternate look is the default look in iOS7 on an iPhone 4.

  • Jonah

    I used this feature for a while and I can say it’s not just the notification center and the control center. There are so many places it’s blurred it would almost be impossible to list them all.

  • chumawumba

    I for one actually like the blur effects

  • George V

    whats strange with my iPad 2 is that it looks like this but I have the setting turned off… maybe Apple disables transparency on the old device or my iPad is stupid

    • Σαλαη αββας

      I have the answer for this but I’m lazy to try to explain , and you’re iPad is just like any iPad 3 or 2 , the blur is gone but the trancpernty is still there , as I’ve seen in the comments many of you can’t tell what’s the difference between the blur and the trancpernty . ( if I weren’t lazy I would’ve written more )

      • George V

        so they removed the blurring on the iPad? I’m not really following what youre saying

      • Σαλαη αββας

        Yes they did 3and2

  • Freddy Born

    I wish there was a way to turn it on, on my iPad 3 😛

  • Jack Wong

    There are few NEW location tracking from the system… which drain 100% of the battery in 4hours or so… I hate that so much…

    Please Apple, don’t make me switch…

    • Alexander Novarro

      what?! no such thing on mine 5s! battery is perfect!

      • Jack Wong

        Privacy –> Location services –> System services –> Frequent locations, Wifi networking and Traffic.

        I have the rest off from the pervious setup.

        My phone start acting up since 7.03… anyway, I restored it back to the first day of my 5s and turned these off right away, now it is back to normal.

  • Rares

    Hmmm… in those 2 screenshots, same time for music but different time in the status bar.

  • Girish

    why shud we disable it!,,
    it makes it ugly,,
    the blur effect is great on ios7

  • hkgsulphate

    Blur looks great
    poor M$ ditched this

  • jahanzeb aamir

    I like the blurred effect! Not getting rid of it any time soon 🙂

  • whatsa2

    This sounds just like vista
    worked ok on new HW but on older systems was slow
    yikes you think apple would learn.

  • Hyr3m

    “Something that the design team at Apple spent months and months working on” -> it takes about 5 min to code that blur effect from scratch… any 12 years old can be thought how to code something like that in minutes… Maybe add an hour to test out various levels of blur and make a decision with the higher ups…

  • dan

    blur is nice ! but lags the ui

  • Luck

    I like the iPad 2 can have these effects?

  • Debbie M. Espada

    I have the new iPhone 5c and yesterday my lock screen start to look blur and I do not know why. I change the image try to find an answer but I can not find any. Please help me! It looks really ugly and my image was very cool

  • Palmer Paul

    I wish I could do the opposite with my iPhone 4 (enable the blur effects).

  • the one whom you betrayed

    How dare you have such a distaste for beauty!
    The one thing,
    the one thing that humanity can look upon with gratitude and understanding,
    it went bonkers.
    Look away!
    Look away from my utmost hideous face!
    Away we must flail,
    into that of the darkest of upcoming days.
    Farewell unto you!
    Farewell unto this beauty we once knew.
    For the distant future will behold not the beauty of our past,
    but the distorted image of the truth.
    Leave me in my solitude.
    I will morn the future of our generations,
    the ones without blurred iphone features.
    the days draws near,
    the day no one can dodge.
    the day man kind will receive a grim reminder
    that of the human heart and
    all that lies with in.
    that of beauty,
    and that

  • mb presents

    hey I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do. I’m on iPhone4 iOS 7 and don’t have a blur effect no matter what I do ..

  • H. Hauer

    I have vision problems so I need the blurriness reduced just be be able to see things
    Thanks for the how to
    And for those of you who complain why would someone want to get rid of it because it’s pretty – take a moment to thank the Universe for your working eyes. 🙂