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Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions

Published Jul 29th, 2016 12:06PM EDT
iPhone Tricks Without Jailbreak
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Earlier today we shared a video with you that covered 25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone. There are definitely some fantastic tweaks in there and after watching that video, there’s no question that you’ll seriously consider jailbreaking your iPhone. Of course, just because you consider it doesn’t mean you’ll actually end up doing it.

If you decide not to jailbreak your iPhone, there are still some very cool tricks that will wow your friends and help set your iPhone apart from the pack. We showed you one nifty trick earlier this week, which allows anyone to easily turn all of their folders into round icons instead of the standard rounded squares. Now, we’re back with another crazy trick that might be even cooler.

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Back on Tuesday we shared a video that showed off a very cool iPhone glitch. All you have to do is apply a special wallpaper to your home screen and it instantly makes all of your folder icons round. No one knows exactly how or why it works, but it does.

Now, we have another cool glitchy iPhone trick to share.

Twitter user Hide, the same source who discovered the round folder icon trick and supplied all the wallpapers that make it possible, is back with a cool new trick. Using one of the dozens upon dozens of wallpapers he made, you can transform your wallpaper into a moving optical illusion. The trick works just like Sonos’ new logo — special patterns in the images make the graphics appear to pulse or vibrate. All you have to do is apply one of the special wallpapers while making sure to enable Apple’s “perspective” parallax feature, which makes the wallpaper move as you shift the iPhone’s position.

A video showing off the trick is embedded below, and you can download the wallpapers shown in the video (and dozens more) by visiting this website on your iPhone.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.