Can't unzoom to set wallpaper as a whole photo

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Schtibbie, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Schtibbie macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2007
    Oh, this is maddening. I used to be able to take a photo with my iPhone (cuz that's what I do), then decide to use it as wallpaper. On my lockscreen for example. And I could see the whole photo if I happened to center and pinch-zoom all the way out. No photo edited software needed, no cropping to exact iPhone 5 pixel size, etc..

    NOW, with iOS 7, I get a super-zoomed in pic of my kid's face without the surrounding scenery. I can't pinch-zoom out at all - it just bounces back. Is there a way to fix this without "hacking" some setting I'd rather not change, and without having to actually shoot pictures with the cropping in mind up front (like stand much farther away from the subject, etc)?

    And yeah, I know they probably did this for the parallax effect. Whatever. Let me pinch-zoom out anyway and deal with it, iOS.
  2. Dekimasu macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    This was the first thing driving me nuts before I figured out my free space was being eaten by Mail. I agree that this is silliness.
  3. JMPATLANTA macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    This is easy. Goto Settings, General, Accessibility, turn "ON" Reduce Motion which turns off Paralax the funky movement of background as you shift your phone. Should fix your issue.

  4. ninjaplz macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2013
    you have to turn off parallax setting===>general===>accessibilty===>reduce motion
  5. Schtibbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2007
    Blech.. WHY should I have to completely turn off parallax (which i might otherwise like the look of) just so that I can see a whole photo on my lockscreen? Apple could easily make my whole photo showable on the lockscreen and still either run parallax or NOT run it in that condition, but still run it on the *home* screen. Either way is easy. NOW I'm left having to either compose my photos purely for wallpaper use, hand-edit them, or turn off a feature.

  6. ninjaplz macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2013
    post this in the "features for ios 8" thread lol jk
  7. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Well no, parallax wouldn't work if it used a zoomed out photo. If you moved the phone around, the edges would just be black as there is no photo....
  8. fender57 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Turned on Reduce Motion and some pictures work and a lot of them don't - they are gigantic and pinching them does not make them fit.
  9. Schtibbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2007
    I don't care. That's fine. I just don't want to have to go hand-edit all my photos I want to use as wallpaper into some magical correct ratio and size. I want to take a pic on my phone, set it as wallpaper, and zoom out or in however I want.
  10. FHIZ macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2010
    Yeah, turning off the motion set my wallpaper pre update back to the resolution I wanted, but it is impossible to set any wallpaper image to your exact desires. The forced zoom in is still present, and I can no longer set my image to just filling in the screen, like I used to. This really needs to be addressed, it's pretty bad on my iPad 2.
  11. scorpio1973 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2009
    This seriously sucks. All of my photos are zoomed in and I can't zoom out. And, turning ON "reduce motion" doesn't help. Hopefully, this is addressed in a future update.
  12. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    What I want to know is, WTF does "reduce motion" even mean? I've seen better worded menus at a diner. Why not just "parallax on/off"? Who writes this stuff? How retarded is it to have "on" be the state for something you're turning OFF? Do we have light switches that say "reduce brightness - on"?

    And "reduce"? It's not reducing anything, it's turning it OFF.

    There are things in iOS7 that I swear were designed by 6 different people in 3 different countries.
  13. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    This was the first thing that stuck out as really bothersome for me as well.

    On my iPad 3, whether reduce motion is off or on, it is pretty much impossible to scale a wallpaper image.

    It doesn't just bounce back to a zoomed-in setting, but it stops responding to any touch for a long moment or altogether and there's not much I can do to resize the image.

    Now I've just set one of their provided wallpaper images and I like it well enough for the moment. But I really think this qualifies as a full-on glitch.
  14. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    With reduce motion setting on they appear to zoom in until the picture fills the screen vertically (losing the sides). I selected a photo I took vertically and at least more of the photo shows. <sigh>

    LOL - I wish it turned off all animations. I'm not a big fan of zooming in and out of applications. To be honest I can get a little motion sickness when navigating moving menus (TiVo, I'm looking at you).
  15. Mactagious, Sep 18, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013

    Mactagious macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    Parallax isn't working for me.

    When I switch backgrounds I'm not getting a shift on the background. The image remains static. I've checked all of my settings and the reduce motion is not turned on. Restarted and such and it still hasn't moved unless I use the Dynamic wallpaper.
  16. ana.aragon macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    i found a way!

    ok so go to your desired picture and take a screenshot of it. when you put it as your wallpaper is will be exactly the same as it was when you screenshoted it with the black lines around the necessary spaces to fill the picture. them you can zoom it in or zoom it out to your liking :)
    hope this helped
  17. sweetestbaboon macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2011
    Screenshot does not work sadly- still zoomed in & cannot move or scale..
    Any other solutions/workarounds you smarter folks than me have come up with- save the foto with different dimensions, in a different format, etc.?
    I dig IOS 7 but this I find really disappointing. Really want to use my own art as wallpaper. Please help!
  18. Southernlizard macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    I tried the screenshot idea. It worked, but wasn't exactly as I would have liked. But it did work. Grrrrr.
  19. GerritV macrumors 65816

    May 11, 2012
    Changing my wallpaper on iPad3/iOS7 takes a very very long time. Is that a known bug? Right now, I don't even want to change it - and I'm not into the space stuff. :(


    Couldn't agree more. It's like they want to discourage us to even touch the default settings.
  20. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Open the photo in the photos app, press it once to get black borders, press the sleep- and home button at the same time to take a screenshot, use this picture as your background.

    Not very elegant workaround, but it works.
  21. 5t3f4n macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    It was actually called Parallax up to a certain point (I forget exactly which beta it changed) but my guess is that they didn't want an "accessibility" option to be ON by default.

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  22. hyhybt macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2013
    In that case, "disable Parallax" would make the default off while still leaving the meaning clear.
  23. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    You can't have both you know. Parallax requires zooming in order to work correctly.
  24. mngator96 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2013
    The only sort of fix I can find is to go to your photos and edit the photo you want and stretch it to how you want it to look and then take a screen shot and then use the photo created by that screen shot for your wallpaper.

    To take a screen shot:

    1. Press and hold down Home (round button center bottom)
    2. Press and release Sleep (top right button of phone)
    2a. You will hear a camera-like shutter sound

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