reduce motion

A handy improvement has been discovered in the first two betas of iOS 10.1: the ability to reduce motion while retaining the various iOS 10 iMessage features. It seems Apple has heard the complaints of users (me included) who like to turn off Parallax and other UI animations, but still want to be able to enjoy the new Messages app.

The feature can be accessed in the Settings app of both iOS 10 betas by navigating to General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. A secondary toggle appears in this pane when you enable Reduce Motion labeled “Auto-play Message Effects.” There’s also a new Replay button in the Messages app that allows you to force-play (or replay) an effect.

So to recap the new behavior:

  • If Reduce Motion is off, everything will work as usual in the Messages app.
  • If Reduce Motion is on, but Auto-play is off, iMessage effects won’t auto-play, but you’ll be able to force-play them using the Replay button.
  • If Reduce Motion is on, and Auto-play is on, effects work as usual (and you can still replay).

It seems this feature was present in iOS 10.1 beta 1, but did not work properly. So if you have installed iOS 10.1 beta 2, you can check it out.

Source: iGen

  • Mike Dukarm

    That was there in iOS 10.1 beta 1 I’m running the first beta still didn’t update and that toggle had been there the whole time!!

    • Does it work though? It’s our understanding that the toggle was there but it didn’t do anything. Can you confirm?

      • [RECON1]
      • Right. On beta 1, does enabling this had any impact on the effects you received in your messages?

      • Is that beta 1 or 2?

      • [RECON1]

        beta 2

      • Ah ok. Well that is not really helping. We know it works in beta 2.

        I was just trying to figure out if it worked or not in beta 1. Reports say the toggle was there in beta 1, but activating it wouldn’t do anything to iMessage effects.

      • [RECON1]

        Yeah. I just tried it on my iPad which is on beta 1 and you’re correct. Activating the toggle does nothing. Like I don’t even get the options when long pressing on the blue arrow.

      • Mike Dukarm

        As far as I know it worked. ?? Not 100% positive so I don’t want o day yes but I think it did? Either way it works now that’s all that matters

      • Mike Dukarm

        You’re right it doesn’t work!! My fault

  • WDETFitness

    Installing now, but early reports are that you can now also SEND message effects with reduced motion on as it was in early iOS 10 betas

  • Apple must troll this Blog to discover our gripes. LOL. (My gripe is wanting a way to search the location of app icons through spotlight) What was the name of the JB tweak that used to do that?

    • If your app is in a folder, and you search for this app within Spotlight, it will note in what folder the app is located. Is that what you are referring to?

      • The JB tweak would actually take you _to the open folder to locate the icon. Imagine if you have 5 utilities folders among 200 folders. A great time saver…

      • M_Hawke

        200 folders???!!!! Wow!

  • M_Hawke

    Yea! Now if they could give a settings option to have widgets appear first in Notification Center like it used to, I’d be happy.

    And fix this new weird very teeny tiny font stuff happening in the Mail app.