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

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



1. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

2. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Are you kidding? It does work on my iPad! What version of iOS are you on?

4. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

10. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 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".

19. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

3. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

5. Unordinary unregistered

Different tokes for different folks.

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

saves a few milliseconds lol

25. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 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

8. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

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

14. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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. 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 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?

9. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Bad tempered people will need this.

11. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Because iOS animations are disgustingly slow. Turing off animations speeds up the whole experience.

12. Unordinary unregistered

"Disgustingly slow" lmfao

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Why not toggle "reduced motion" in accessibility options?

20. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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?

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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....

7. babyboy14622

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

i won't even attempt to try this

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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!

15. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

17. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

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

18. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 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.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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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