How to turn off (or adjust) animations on Android

How to turn off (or adjust) animations on Android
Did you know that your Android device allows you to turn off (or adjust to your liking) most of the animations that you’re seeing throughout the system? Since this isn’t something that can be done by default, you first need to enable your Android device’s developer options. In case you don’t know how to do that, check out this tutorial.

Once developer options have been enabled, you’ll see a tab dedicated to them in your main settings menu. Access the developer options, then scroll down until you find the animation settings. There are three different options that can be disabled or adjusted: window animation scale, transition animation scale, and animator duration scale. Turning off each of them should speed up your device. However, if you have a high-end device with plenty of RAM and a powerful processor, the speed difference may not be noticeable - though you’ll certainly notice that animations (for example, when you open an app like Messaging) are completely gone.

Besides disabling animations, you can also leave them enabled, and play around with their speed, or duration. Note that, setting everything to the maximum (10x) will make things veeery slow - resulting in overlaid screens like the one seen above. But, of course, you’re free to test any combination of settings.

P.S.: While this tutorial was made on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the procedure is similar (once you’re in the Settings menu) for all recent Android devices - version 4.0 or newer.

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11 Comments

1. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

slow news day I guess

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sunday is always slow with news, but it's been PA's tradition to put out "how to" articles on Sunday. Not only are they helpful (albeit often obvious to "power users"), but they serve to keep the site running. See, PA gets revenue from ads. The more people see ads, the more revenue they generate. These "how to" articles they do on Sunday show up on Google searches done by people who aren't power users like us. So, while you might scoff at articles like this, they in fact help keep the site running, keeping you up to date with "real" news and reviews.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I like to have all my animations at 1.5x; it gives the phone a smoother, better feel IMO...

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Me too, but sadly it also makes the lag in the animation noticeable

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Weird, I feel like the lag is more noticeable when the animations are faster, but maybe that's just because the animations are faster and therefore look more choppy...

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I actually like having my animations and transitions to .5x My old phone feels faster and smooth... though I might leave it a 1x when I get a new phone

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's the weekend. They always put out novelty articles. By the way, the Sense UI on the HTC One phones always seems more smooth than TouchWiz on Galaxy phones because by default, they use a lower transition speed effect to make the UI appear more fast and fluid.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Transition animations 0x, period.

8. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

some phones go a bit wonky when all three are at zero.

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Ios and windows phone have so many animations while android only has few, I wish android will add more like they used to in the past. I'm not really a fan of the flat ui that is becoming a trend these days

10. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Welcome to 2011..

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