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How to disable iOS 9 system animations without jailbreaking your iPhone/iPad

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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?

source: Reddit

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posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:10 2

1. kabel (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


I was stupid enough to try this ... It doesn't work with neither trick. Nothing better to write about PhoneArena?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:15

2. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Are you kidding? It does work on my iPad!

What version of iOS are you on?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:27 1

4. kabel (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


9.2.1 and i'm not kidding. It doesn't work.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 23:28

10. Hoggington (Posts: 128; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


FINALLY!!!!!!!! It works! 9.2.1 iPad 3.

I did the first step about 20 times. Up down, up down.... Then I did the alternate rotate step for about 20 seconds.

Bam! No animations! Waahoooo

The glacier slow iOS animations have always drove me crazy. This really is great "hack".

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:17

19. Ahovking (Posts: 622; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:17

3. AlikMalix (Posts: 4843; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Why would you want to do this? One of the reasons I like iOS is the really nice animations and how the reasons to gestures and input.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:28 1

5. Unordinary (Posts: 1011; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Different tokes for different folks.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:31 1

6. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1022; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


saves a few milliseconds lol

posted on 11 May 2016, 18:41

25. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I hate the slow transitions that iOS has. They should have an option to turn that crap off. Now I can enjoys having no transition animation until I can JB

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 23:02 1

8. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


But those animations do cause stutters sometimes. Don't they?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 00:59

14. AlikMalix (Posts: 4843; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


There is one animation that has a stutter: pulling down spotlight in the homepage stutters a bit the first time you do it (I think it's programmed to load info before the animation). Everything else is perfectly smooth.

posted on 11 May 2016, 11:52

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No it isn't. I just got my Verizon activated iPad Pro today. Of course its trying to get me to download 9.3.1 which I will in a bit.

The drop down is glitchy on both iPads I have; even this brand new one fresh out the box. Oh and before you claim I don't have one, which is the typical fanboy answer; here is a photo of me hold it, while I post to you...oh and its so lame that Apple couldn't even put iPad Pro for the name on the back. Because it isn't pro. Its just the iPad Air 2 with extra speaker cutouts.

I set it up and I didn't install anything. I was about to just set it up as new. The shade yes, always stutters. but I was typing and the keyboard still lags and it gets stuck and doesn't type everything I tried typing before. The very first fly-in of the icons, still stutters. But I am sure its because the iPad is loading them for the first time. However no other device I've used has every loaded the icons so slow, with so few.

Not only does the shade stutter, when you raise and lower it, you can see it adjust from left to right. As if its to different images that were not re sized to the same size.

The animations are slow. smooth? Sure, most times, but not all the time. especially if you have several home screens which I will once all the apps install and I get them in the folders.

But to claim it is perfectly smooth is simply untrue.

https://flic.kr/p/GDJP55
https://flic.kr/p/G9pagW

I will never say that my device runs perfectly. I have the Note 5. It stutters sometimes, but I found some of the reasons why. But typing is still a drag and it hangs and locks up on occasion. But I installed Boost+ from HTC and its been a lot better especially since updating to Marshmellow.

Also, you shouldn't have to resort to a hack to turn off something so simple.

We all know as a fact, OEM's use animations to fill the gap time from launching apps or moving the screens. The fact that Apple times them so long, shows that app launches are not instantaneous. In other words, its lag...you know, the lag you all claim Apple devices don't have. since on my Note 5 I can turn off the animations which I always do, I can see it takes about a blink of an eye for most apps to actually start loading. That little white space that the transitions try to hide, don't bother me because they don't last but a couple milliseconds. But its worse on iOS.

No matter what you claim, all apple devices work identical. So if mine isn't perfect, your isn't either. LOL...Nice try though!

No device is perfect!

I still would like to know, why apple dropped the 3rd core for the IPad's CPU? Have you heard any reasoning?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 23:23

9. submar (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Bad tempered people will need this.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 23:30 2

11. Hoggington (Posts: 128; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


Because iOS animations are disgustingly slow.

Turing off animations speeds up the whole experience.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 00:04 1

12. Unordinary (Posts: 1011; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


"Disgustingly slow"

lmfao

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 00:56

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 4843; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Why not toggle "reduced motion" in accessibility options?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 05:20 1

20. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 427; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


LOL an Apple fanboy complaining about Apple owners wanting to remove glacially slow animations. Apple just can't fo anything wrong in your troll eyes, huh alik?

posted on 11 May 2016, 12:01

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


He says his device is perfect. In other words "HE" is okay with it and something is always wrong if we aren't.

That's just sad....

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 22:33

7. babyboy14622 (Posts: 35; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


i won't even attempt to try this

posted on 11 May 2016, 12:10

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Me either. The same downsides to iOS will likely never change. Not being able to customize for best performance or just personal taste, makes iOS and OS X the most tasteless operating systems in the world.

So advanced at doing nothing. Advanced things do MORE, not LESS!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 01:20 1

15. EcoCare (Posts: 357; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


It seems my friend accidentally did this too. Her phone doesn't show animations from the home screen and she always has AssistiveTouch on. I personally won't do that since in my opinion the animations are beautiful.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 02:40

16. AlikMalix (Posts: 4843; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I agree, thats the evolution of UI, the bouncey, rubbery, gesture following animations with blurred irrelevant info, but sharpen the necessary info. In the beginning I used to play around with the "recently opened list of apps" (Some call it multitasking window), or the spotlight pull-down menu, just because I like to watch the apps blur into the background as you swipe them back and forth (even samsung copied it with it's "edge swipe" - as it blurs the apps just like the spotlight menu on iOS)... Just gorgeous UI. Turning it off just kills one of the reasons I like iOS.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 03:10 1

17. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


I too! Those animations a beautiful, especialy the backgroung blur when I'm in the Siri voice-assistant app.

iOS rocks.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:08 1

18. Ahovking (Posts: 622; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


My biggest issue is yes the animation is beautiful but it's 1) too slow 2) not all animation on iOS is totally smooth and flawless.

Removing animation does seem to make iOS less attractive.. And I am surprise how slow it is.. The animation seems to have been used to hide the speed iOS loads an application.

posted on 11 May 2016, 12:08

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


That's exactly what it does on all phones. Samsung usually by default has the animations set too 1x. Of course you can just unhide developer options and adjust them. So I turns mine off completely. When you do the device is faster. But when you launch an app, you see a white space for what lasts about a blink of an eye. This is what the animations are trying to hide.

But it doesn't bother me because it only last for a short moment.

And yes, Alik shouldn't be making false claims as if we don't have iOS devices to speak otherwise.

The problems is, fanboys get so use to using something, that they just adapt to its short-comings which appear to not be an issue.

The "reality distortion field" is strong in this one - Yoda

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