Discord uses motion effects to create the perception of depth. However, we understand that these effects can cause problems for users who are affected by excess motion and movement within apps. So, we're adding Reduced Motion to help!
What does this article cover?
- What does Reduced Motion do?
- Where can I find this setting?
What does Reduced Motion do?
Animations and Movement that are limited when Reduced Motion is enabled:
New/Old messages Bar & Jump to Messages - slide animation removed and instead send you directly to the message
Disables the shaking animation that happens when trying to close out setting pages that have unsaved changes.
Server banner animation is minimized when scrolling down a channel list.
Setting pages no longer fade in/out and instead instantly open/close.
Disable the message highlight that occurs when your mouse is hovering over a message in chat.
Disables the background animations found on the Login/Authentication page.
Disables GIF avatars from playing in the chat unless you click into the user profile.
Animations for tooltips, menu dropdowns, and context/pop-out menus will now fade in.
Discord's loading animation when launching (spinning Clyde) will now be static.
Animated Emojis will now be static in the Emoji Picker, within chat, statuses, and reactions:
Where can I find this setting?
Sync with computer(default):
Enable Reduced Motion:
If you'd like to only enable Reduced Motion in Discord, but keep your current computer settings the same, you can instead toggle "Enabled Reduced Motion" on.
When this setting is enabled, Discord will reduce animations and movements within the app regardless of your system configurations.
If you would like to disable Reduced Motion in Discord, simply toggle "Enabled Reduced Motion" off.
Having Trouble Disabling Reduced Motion?
If you’re having trouble getting Reduced Motion to be disabled on Discord, it’s most likely due to pre-configured settings that have been enabled on your system.
For Mac OS, there’s one option, but for Windows, there are multiple settings that could enable Reduced Motion in Discord. We have steps below for where to look to double check on these settings.
To check your current system settings:
- Display Settings
- On Windows 10, go to Settings ⟶ Ease of Access ⟶ Display ⟶ Simplify and personalize Windows. Toggle "Show animation in Windows" off.
- Advanced System Settings
- If you're still unable to disable Reduced Motion, you will need to open Advanced System Settings and make sure that the Animate controls and elements inside windows option checked!
- This setting will cause Reduced Motion to enable, but you can adjust the individual animations that you prefer to keep disabled on your system within this menu.
Note: If you have motion and animation effects disabled on your system for reasons other than accessibility, then following the step above should allow you to disable Reduced motion for Discord, but enable for your system.
- On a Mac, you go to System Preferences ⟶ Accessibility ⟶ Display and uncheck the box for "Reduce motion".
- On iOS, The settings can be found in User Settings (Bottom right by pressing your Avatar) ⟶ App Settings ⟶ Appearance ⟶ Reduced Motion
Sync with Device Settings will make it so that the Discord app stays in sync with the Reduce Motion setting in iOS' accessibility settings: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202655
When reduced motion is enabled it will overwrite two other settings:
- User Settings ⟶ Text & Images ⟶ Automatically play GIFs when possible will be set to off and disabled
- User Settings ⟶ Text & Images ⟶ Play animated emoji will be set to off and disabled
Have Questions or Feedback?
We hope this update improves your Discord experience and if you would like to give our Accessibility team live feedback, please fill out this form: https://dis.gd/a11y.