How to disable iOS 9 system animations without jailbreaking your iPhone/iPad
When readers ask us how to improve the performance of their Android device, one of the tricks that come to mind is to disable the system animations. Although this doesn't actually improve the raw performance of the device, the trick does make the UI of the OS appear to run smoother in certain circumstances.
While Android users can disable the system animation without rooting their smartphone or tablet, iPhone and iPad users previously had to jailbreak their device to achieve the same task. However, it has been recently uncovered that an iOS 9 glitch allows iPhone and iPad owners to disable the system animations by tricking the Springboard system.
Here's how you can take advantage of this iOS 9 glitch to temporarily disable the system animations that usually appear when opening, closing, or switching between apps.
Step 1. Make sure to activate Apple's stock keyboard before moving forward. You'll be able to switch back to your favorite iOS keyboard once you disable the animations.
Step 2. Turn on Assistive Touch by heading over to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch. Alternatively, you can ask Siri to "Turn on AssistiveTouch".
When AssistiveTouch is activated, a white bubble-shaped menu button will appear.
Step 3. Navigate to the home screen on your iPhone or iPad. Drag the AssistiveTouch bubble to bottom right corner of the screen.
Step 4. Swipe down to invoke Spotlight, then swipe up to dismiss it.
Step 5. Now comes the odd part. You'll have to repeat the previous step over and over until you notice that the animations are gone. Depending on the device, up to 20 repetitions may be needed. Hint: the keyboard should just pop out on the screen without the usual slide-in transition.
Step 5 (Alternative). If you're using an Apple iPhone 6S Plus or an iPad and encounter difficulty completing the previous step here's an alternative method: bring up Spotlight, then continuously rotate your iOS device with the screen orientation lock turned off.
Note: The system animations will be only deactivated until the next reboot.
What do you guys think, does disabling the system animation in iOS 9 appear to make your device run smoother?