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  • # November 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I must be going crazy here. I don’t understand how my searches for a solution to this come up empty. It only means that I’m doing something completely wrong or nobody cares about the issue.

    I’m using `background-size: cover;` to create a full-page background image on the body. More info on that, if you’re interested, can be found here:

    This works perfectly across all desktop browsers (I even have a fix in place for IE7 and IE8) but pesky little iOS does not want to play nice. Instead of using the *viewport* height it uses the `body` height which, especially on a site that has infinite scroll, can get very long. This results in a completely distorted and unrecognizable background image.


    Open that up on your desktop to see how it should function, then open it up on an iPhone/iPad to see where it all falls apart.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    # November 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    For now I’m using **CSS-Only Technique #2** for iOS.

    # November 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Any love here?

    # November 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    @thedoc I tried relentlessly when you posted this and found no solution. Have you tried posting on Stack Overflow?

    # November 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I haven’t – a great idea.

    # November 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    @thedoc check this page out and see if you can figure it out. It works on iOS.

    # November 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    It works, but not like it should.

    What that page is doing is stretching the background image the entire length/width of the document, not of the screen size. So imagine if you had a blog with infinite scroll, the image would stretch and get blurrier as you added new posts to the page.

    # November 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm


    # November 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Well, right now I’m essentially doing that except with an image.

    I updated my 2nd comment as I’m now using *CSS-Only Technique #2* for iOS. The problem is that mobile Safari really doesn’t handle fixed elements very well. The issue comes into play when users zoom in/out of the page the `#bg` tries to resize itself.

    I think it might just have to be something that I accept, I just don’t understand how nobody has a 100% working solution for it.

    # November 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    @thedoc I doubt she’ll know but ask @sazzy on Twitter. This would be a great article for @chriscoyier to blog about.

    # November 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    One more kicker: the image being used can have any dimension as it will be user-uploaded.

    # December 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Did anybody find a clean solution for this? I was digging through piles of Google Search results…

    # January 6, 2013 at 3:44 am

    this one works for me…it’s jquery, but oh well:

    # February 13, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I was looking at a solutions for this as well…

    # March 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I can get backgrounds to display correctly by combining background-size: cover with background-attachment: scroll.

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