[Quick Tip] Disable iOS SpringBoard animations to speed up your iPhone

SpringBoard animations give a material feel to launching apps and navigating iOS in general, but the truth is, loading speed is usually much better without them.

For this reason, many users use the classic solution and I’m referring to the Reduce Motion switch available in the Accessibility settings. While toggling off the option does reduce the animations, it doesn’t remove them completely.

I would love to tell you Apple provided an official solution to get rid of the SpringBoard animations, but the trick we’re going to show you is a glitch.  This also means it only lasts until you reboot your phone, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you don’t do it very often.

Turn off iOS animations (no jailbreak required)

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch and toggle on the ‘Assistive Touch‘ option.

2. Navigate back to the Home screen and drag the Assistive Touch nub to the lower-right corner of the screen.


3. Now, swipe down on the Home screen to enable Spotlight search. You will see the Assistive Touch nub located above the keyboard. The trick here is to dismiss Spotlight immediately after the nub is repositioned above the keyboard.

4. If you can get the timing right, Spotlight’s interface will become faster. Otherwise, repeat the previous step until you don’t see animations anymore. You can also launch other apps to see if the SpringBoard animations have been disabled. We had no trouble doing this trick but some have complained it has taken them a few tries to actually disable the animations.

5. Assuming animations have been disabled on your iPhone, you can now toggle off the ‘Assistive Touch‘ option (see step 1).

As I already mentioned, this trick is not permanent. It only lasts until the next reboot, in which case you need to go through all the steps if you want to disable Springboard animations again but it does work and loading apps will definitely feel faster even compared to using the ‘Reduce Motion‘ option.

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