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Spotlight Issue: Blurry Screen on iOS 8 Devices

Last updated: March 4, 2015 at 21:45 pm

Here is a very unusual Spotlight problem we have experienced on iOS 8 devices. Fortunately, we were able to fix this issue almost immediately. Be it iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch… even you can fix this problem in minutes.

We will tell you how, but first let us describe the problem in detail. Here’s what happens: when you unlock the device and pull down the screen, Spotlight search is activated. At the same time, the complete screen (including the icons and apps) becomes blurry.

See this image of Spotlight search and the blurry background:

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Screen blurs whenever you open Spotlight on iOS 8

This blurry screen, with color reversed, can raise a few doubts. It made us think there was something wrong with the installation process. Or we installed a different iOS 8 firmware on an iPhone — you know, installing iPad iOS 8 files on iPhone can make the screen look different (due to the resolution difference).

So how did we get rid of this blurry spotlight screen?

First, we rebooted our iPhone, and that certainly did not help.

Next, we did a simple hard reset.

The spotlight search was now working just fine! There were no blurry app icons and the fonts looked very clear. So factory hard reset is the solution.

Here’s how to hard reset your iOS 8 device:

Go into Settings -> Tap Reset -> Select “Erase All Content and Settings.”

Warning: A hard reset will remove all the content stored on your iOS device. So before you do a hard reset, backup the data via iTunes.

For more information on resetting your device, check out this article:

As mentioned earlier, make sure you backup content on your computer or iCloud.

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Update March 4th, 2015: Instead of hard resetting the device (for those who have precious content on their iPhones and iPads), we have yet another solution that works. Follow the steps outlined before to make Spotlight search work again, without those black/white blurry page:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility
  • Tap on Increase Contrast
  • Enable Reduce Transparency switch

Now restart your iOS device and Spotlight should work again. Complete tutorial here: Reduce Transparency To Fix Spotlight Search Problem

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When the iOS team finds out such a peculiar problem exists, they will likely fix it in the next iOS 8.0.x update. For now, this is the only solution we have with us, and it works just fine! Let us know through the comments.

Update: We see some users were able to fix the exact problem with a full restore via iTunes. Some were able to make the blurry screen disappear by restarting their devices. We are not sure why the blurred screen appeared, but now we have multiple solutions at our disposal!

Note: Articles written at iOS8release.com are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • lucas

    Just restarting worked for me! Thanks

    • Sid

      Awesome!

  • Nate

    I just restarted as well (iPhone 6) – no need to hard re-boot

  • Sherif

    I just restarted as well and that’s all I needed to do .
    iPhone 5S

  • Pieter

    For me soft reset with home and on/off button did the trick.

  • Ita Liano

    thanks

  • Shelby Koch

    How do you do it to a iPod touch 5th generation?