How to Stop Automatic Wallpaper Resize and Zoom in iOS 7

One of the features that most iOS7 users find annoying is the wallpaper zoom effect. When you try to customize the wallpaper in your iPhone (4s, 5s, 5, etc) or iPad, you may experience some issues with the size of the background.  In order to deal with this effect that can turn into a nuisance, we offer you possible solutions below:

Turn off the Parallax effect

The wallpaper size issue seems to be caused by the parallax effect and turning it off could be the best way to fix the situation. For instance, if you attempt to set up a custom wallpaper in your iPad using one of your pictures and turn the parallax effect off, the zooming in is reduced. iOS7 zooms the wallpaper when you install it because it has to be set up for parallax, which means that the wallpaper  would need to fit outside the iPad/iPhone screen.

To turn the parallax effect off, go to Settings, then General and Accessibility. Go to Reduce Motion and finally Turn On the Reduce Motion switch. This will stop the parallax effect in iOS 7 and avoid that it automatically zoom in the wallpaper once it is installed. If you want to keep the parallax effect but without it zooming the wallpaper, you just need to ensure that the dimensions of the wallpaper are larger than the screen resolution.

Ideally, you should opt for a wallpaper with dimensions that double the resolution of your screen  The following is the list of resolutions for iPhone/iPad to help you get an idea of what you should aim for: iPhone 4S – 640×960 pixels; iPhone 5, 5C and 5S – 640×1166 Pixels portrait and iPad 4, 3 – 1536×2048 pixels, portrait. If the image that you want to use as a wallpaper is too small, you can add a white or black background around it to make it bigger. It may take you a while to get the size right but you can give it a try.

Get an app that can automatically adjust the image’s size

Alternatively, you can get an app that will automatically resize a photo that you have added. These apps will ensure that the image doesn’t get zoomed in once you set it up as a wallpaper. Some of the options that you can try include Wallax, Background Optimizer for iOS 7 and Wallpaper Fix, which offers a wide set of features beyond the basic functions of a standard wallpaper fixer.

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