How to disable iMessage screen effects on iPhone and iPad

How to disable iMessage screen effects on iPhone and iPad

iMessage screen effects on iPhone/iPad are fun to use and can add a flair in the ‘usual communications’ with the range of screen and bubble effects. However, I keep it off to prevent unnecessary bombarding of effects. I’m just a little sensitive to motions, and these bubbly effects sometimes distract me when I am working on important things. If you too fall under the same category, here’s how you can disable iMessage screen effects.

How to disable iMessage effects from auto-playing on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Go to the Accessibility section.
  3. Now select Motion and toggle off ‘Auto Play iMessage Effects.’Turn Off Auto Play iMessage Effects to Disable iMessage Screen Effects

NOTE: The steps mentioned above are only for devices operating on iOS 13 or later. If you are using a preceding version of iOS, you’ll have to open the Settings app → Accessibility → Reduce Motion → Disable iMessage Screen Effects.

Can I permanently disable iMessage screen effects?

I’m afraid you can’t do that. However, the steps mentioned above will stop the unwanted display of effects and give the bait in your hand. Having said this, you can choose to manually play these effects by the ‘Replay‘ option beneath the text bubble.

Tap on Replay to manually play iMessage screen effect

Are you opting to disable iMessage screen effects on your device?

With new iMessage upgrades and features like Memojis, personalizing profile, emoji tapback, etc., Apple has undoubtedly made the default chat app engaging. However, there are days when you like things simple. I hope the steps help you. Just in case there’s anything else I can help you with, do let me know.

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