Is it possible to block GIFs in iMessage?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Bill Av, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. Bill Av macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2006
    I thought they were cute at first, but am now finding them annoying - especially with the larger ones. Is there any way to keep them from auto-downloading?
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    I do not remember reading that we can block them. I don't think it's possible. But if it is, I'd love to know as well.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I believe if you have reduce motion enabled then the animated ones shouldn't really work.

    Aside from that it's basically down to not using them if you don't care for them.
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    ‘Reduce motion’ only disables some of the potentially disorienting effects. It does not affect animated GIFs or videos.
  5. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    No one seems to get the idea that you can't control what other people send to you. Of course I'm not going to use the crap. But that doesn't stop other people from sending it to you. Short of disabling iMessage, there's no way.
  6. C DM, Oct 22, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2016

    C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Just like you can't control people from prank calling you or ringing your doorbell or bugging you in all kinds of other ways.

    Well, you can in a sense, by talking to them or blocking them or taking some other similar type of action, just as that would basically apply to this as well.
  7. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Yeah. Apple thinks people want this, otherwise they wouldn't have added the crap in the first place. They may even be right, I wouldn't know. So why would they give you a way to turn it off?
  8. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 65816

    Suckfest 9001

    May 31, 2015
    Maybe tell the people communicating with you to tone it down with the GIFs? Or block them and find better people to talk to?

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