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How to make WebVR and Gyroscope work on Safari in iOS 12.2

  • June 5, 2019

In the current iOS 12.2 beta versions, the gyro support is disabled by default in Safari (see Release Note). This affects the WebVR plugin and Gyroscope feature on VRProTour.

Safari 12.1 ships with iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4. It’s also available for macOS 10.13.6 and 10.12.6.

The only way to enable it at the moment would be:
Home Screen => Settings => Safari => Enable the Motion & Orientation access setting.

After you enable the Motion & Orientation setting, the Gyroscope feature and also WebVR plugin will work normally.

One good thing is that other iOS browsers – e.g. Firefox or Chrome are unaffected by that Safari change. Those browsers are still allowing gyroscope/acceleration sensor usage by default.

We hope in the near future, Apple would enable the Motion & Orientation setting by default or at least let the developer detect whether that setting is on or off to notify the user.