Phone gyroscope mode no longer works (iOS)

I used to be able to look around a 360 by moving my phone but that no longer works. What happpened?

UPDATE (Oct. 2019): The iOS 13 update has made it so Safari cannot access motion or orientation data, which also disables VR mode. We are currently working on a fix for this. In the meantime, both these features have been verified to work in Google Chrome for iOS 13.

If you are running iOS 12.2:

The recent iOS 12.2 update (March 2019) changes Safari so that you have to enable motion data access to the Safari browser (we need motion data in order to figure out what direction the phone is pointed at).

To grant access:

Go to Settings, scroll down and tap on the Safari section:

Scroll down and there will be an entry “Motion & Orientation Access”:

Enable it so it’s on:

If you go back you should be able to control orientation with the phone.


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