How Do I Turn Off Messages Effects On My iPhone? Here’s The Fix!

Enough is enough — they were cute at first, but the effects in your iPhone’s Messages app are getting on your nerves and it’s time to turn them off. In this article, I’ll explain how to turn off effects in the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod so you can get back to texting as usual.

Before you go looking for “Disable iMessage Effects” in Settings, let me save you the trouble — it isn’t there. Apple will probably include that feature in a future update after enough people complain, but for now, the only way to turn off effects in the Messages app is by turning on a setting in Accessibility.

How Do I Turn Off Messages Effects On My iPhone, iPad, or iPod?

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Accessibility.
  3. Tap on Motion.
  4. Tap on Reduce Motion.
  5. Tap the switch on the right side of Reduce Motion to turn it on and disable iMessage effects in the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

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iPhone Messages Effects: Turned Off.

Turning on Reduce Motion isn’t a perfect solution because it doesn’t just turn off effects in the Messages app on your iPhone — it disables the less-annoying animations too. The silver lining to turning on Reduce Motion is that it’s a battery life saver, and a part of my series about how to save iPhone battery life.

If you’re not happy about not being able to turn off iMessage effects in Settings -> Messages on your iPhone, you can share your thoughts with Apple on their product feedback website.

Thanks for reading, and remember to Payette Forward,
David P.

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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Thank you! I would write the text then the infernal machine would not send the text. Should I choose balloons or slam? Community college didn’t offer any short courses in texting effects skills. Thank you for outsmarting those pencil neck geeks in Cupertino. You have greatly served humanity.

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Those idiot effects were the worst idea ever. Hope this works.

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I have done this – worked for a while, but the effects came back and won’t disable.

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Me too. !

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Did what you said I hope it works

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BLESS YOU. Truly, I am grateful.

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did not fix my iphone 4. it’s pissing me off

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I’ve tried it too – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t

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I have done this and I still get the gentle effects etc. help!!

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How do you turn off the annoying tapback feature?

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What is worse is that the person receiving the meessage gets a line stating the special effect. They get confused by it!

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On a phone call Apple told me to turn off “reduce motion” that did not help. Now it is back on and I still get the irritating special effect promp. Not on the first try but yes after that.

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try to say that again, in English if you can. And yes, English is not my native language. Hope it ain t your s either.

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My I phone will no longer allow me to send text without asking me if I want loud, soft, slam, etc. How do I stop this stupid thing asking me this on every text line I send

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Since I accepted this upgrade I never knew if texts I had prepared would actually be sent when iMessage effects took over. Sometimes it would take up to a minute for my message to leave my phone after I pressed every available button. VERY frustrating! Thank you for your help!

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Thank you for your help — this has been driving me crazy. I hate it!