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Similar to iPhone or iPad, Apple Watch also has a feature that is known as “Reduce Motion.” As the name suggests, when you turn on this feature, it reduces the animation on the home screen, along with the automatic resizing of the UI of the Apple Watch.

In addition, the Reduce Motion feature also restricts the animation that occurs at the time of opening or closing an application on the watch.


Possibly, there might be three reasons why you would want to turn on the Reduce Motion feature on your Apple Watch. These reasons are listed below:

  1. You want to save your Apple Watch’s battery life.
  2. You are not captivated by your watch’s “motion-based” animation.
  • You want to make all the icons of the apps of the same size on your Apple Watch so that you can launch an app easily. Many users like to see all the apps to have consistency with regard to their size. Since the screen size of the Apple Watch is small (particularly 38mm), many users don’t find it convenient to start an app with small size.

Apple heavily applies the eye candy zooming animation effects in Apple Watch which can cause nausea and dizziness to some users who are prone to motion sickness. If you have ever used the Apple Watch and have felt nauseous, or maybe you simply aren’t a fan of the nonstop zooming in and out, resizing app icons or sliding around animations, then you can turn on the Reduce Motion feature to limit the animations to a great extent.

Although the reducing motion feature on Apple Watch is to some extent similar to that of iPhone or iPad, it’s not that much well refined. Also, the resultant look is a little more abrupt on the watch instead of giving a nice, delicate fading conversion.

So, if you’re affected by the motion sickness from the zooming in and out and around, or you aren’t just a big admirer of the eye candy animations, then given below are two ways by which you can disable the animations on your Apple Watch.

How to turn on Reduce Motion on Apple Watch

  • Step 1: Open the “Settings app” on your Apple Watch.
  • Step 2: Tap on “General” and then go to “Accessibility.”
  • Step 3: Tap on “Reduce Motion” and then turn the switch on.

How to turn on Reduce Motion via Watch App from iPhone

  • Step 1: Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tap on “My Watch” at the bottom followed by “General” and then “Accessibility.”
  • Step 3: Tap on “Reduce Motion” and toggle the switch to on.


In both the cases, exiting out of the settings will instantly stop most of the animations, motion effects and resizing of apps on Apple Watch. The app icons will become of the same size, making it easy for you to interact with them, especially if you suffer from motion sickness.

Moreover, you will also notice a simple fade in and fade out when opening or closing an application. In case if you want to get the animations back or no longer want to view the apps in a bigger size on your watch, then you have to simply follow all the above mentioned steps and select turn off Reduce Motion in the end.