How to Automatically Pause GIFs in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad

GIFs are incredibly fun-loving. That’s the reason why we never get tired of sharing them with friends and loved ones. However, at times, they turn out to be a huge cause of annoyance, especially when you are into something serious and want to focus on the task at hand without any distractions. Fortunately, iOS 17 has come up with a better way to deal with animated images. On this very note, let’s dive right in to learn how to automatically pause GIFs in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad. 

Stop GIFs from Playing Automatically in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Introduced as part of the Accessibility suite, the ability to stop GIFs from playing automatically can be handy for everyone. People who have vision issues or need to avoid animated pictures will find it a noteworthy feature. 

Probably the best part about this new add-on is that it works system-wide. So, whether you want to prevent animated pictures from playing without your permission on the web in Safari or on apps, it has got you fully covered. 

  • Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. 
  • In the Settings menu, choose Accessibility.
Choose Accessibility in iOS Settings
  • Under the Vision section, tap on Motion.
  • Finally, turn off the toggle next to Animated Images and you are good to go!
Pause GIFs on iPhone and iPad
  • From now onwards, GIFs will no longer auto-play in Safari and on other apps. Hence, you can get your work done without any interference. 
  • If you wish to make animated images play, just tap on them. 

Allow GIFs to Play Automatically on your iPhone or iPad

Should you ever need to allow GIFs to play without any restriction, head back into the same Accessibility. 

  • Navigate to the Settings app on your device -> Accessibility -> Motion -> turn on the toggle next to Animated Images. 
  • Going forward, animated images will play as usual on your device.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is my iPhone draining its battery after iOS 17 software update?

Although the power-hungry features are the prime reasons why iPhone tends to drain battery, things like software bugs and worn battery are also equally responsible for the rapid battery draining issue.

2. Should I install iOS 17 beta on my iPhone?

iOS 17 beta is considered to be more stable than its predecessor. However, you shouldn’t take it for granted. Therefore, before making the jump, be sure to fully back up your device so that your data will remain safeguarded from all hazards.

Signing off…

For times when you are engrossed in an important task, the last thing you want to deal with is unwanted interference. GIFs, for all being so funny, are probably the biggest spoilers. Apart from slowing down the browser, they also tend to gobble up plenty of data and battery unnecessarily. I hope they will no longer irritate you.

Read more: 12 New Safari Features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

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Rashmi Mishra

Founder/CEO: Rashmi Mishra is a new-age entrepreneur and a die-hard tech lover. Though Rashmi has a special liking for iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch, she loves to take the hottest Android smartphones and Windows laptops for a spin. When she is not reading stories that are breaking the Internet, you will find her either crafting designs or fixing lives for good!

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