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How to turn off animation effects in Messages for iOS 13

How to turn off animation effects in Messages for iOS 13

Short guide:

  1. Tap the Settings icon to open the Settings app. Scroll down through the settings and tap Accessibility.
  2. On the Accessibility screen, select Motion.
  3. Tap Auto-Play Message Effects to set the toggle switch to Off.
  4. You can still play message effects manually. Simply tap the Replay 'effect' button that appears under the message.

Before and after

Message animations enabled and turned off

This section takes you step-by-step through turning off auto-play for animated message effects on your iOS device, complete with pictures of the screens to help. 

Find the Accessibility settings

1. Tap the Settings icon to open the Settings app. Scroll down through and tap Accessibility.

Scroll down through the Settings and tap Accessibility

Tap Motion

2. Look under the Vision section and tap Motion.

Look under Vision and tap Motion

Turn Auto-play messaging effects off

3. On the Motion screen, tap Auto-Play Message Effects to set the toggle switch to Off.

Tap Auto-Play Message Effects to turn it off

Play Message Effects manually

4. You can still play message effects manually. Simply tap the Replay 'effect' button that appears under any message containing an effect.

Tap the Replay button to play a Message Effect manually

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