Disable iOS 9 SpringBoard Animations

One of the things that makes iOS special is its SpringBoard animations. The animations help orient the user around iOS using 3D space.

But not everyone is a fan of iOS’ animations — some for purely aesthetic reasons and others for health reasons. With this in mind, Apple has provided a way to reduce the animations using the Reduce Motion switch found in the Accessibility settings. Even with that option available, some wish to take the reduction of animations even further and disable them altogether.

Up until now, many of the available options for disabling animations relied on jailbreaking. But a new iOS glitch found by a redditor makes it possible to completely get rid of SpringBoard animations until you reboot your iPhone. Watch our step-by-step video walkthrough inside to see how.

How to do disable animations without jailbreaking

Step 1: Open Settings → General → Accessibility → Assistive Touch and enable the Assistive Touch switch.

Step 2: Go to the Home screen and drag the Assistive Touch nub to the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 3: Invoke Spotlight search by swiping down on the Home screen. When the Assistive Touch nub rests above the keyboard, tap the screen to dismiss Spotlight. If you time Spotlight to dismiss as soon as the nub goes above the keyboard, you’ll notice Spotlight’s interface speed up, indicating that the glitch is now active.

Step 4: Try launching any app to see if the animations are gone. If not, repeat Step 3 until it works. Some suggest that you should try ~20 times, but I was able to make it work almost immediately.

Step 5: Disable the Assistive Touch switch enabled in Step 1.

Video walkthrough

The animations will be disabled until you reboot your iPhone. In the video above, I used an iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3b6. I’ve also tested it on an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 9.0.2, an iPhone 5s running iOS 9.2, and an iPad Pro running iOS 9.3b6.

Be sure to watch our video walkthrough above for a full step-by-step tutorial on disabling SpringBoard animations without jailbreaking.

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