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  • Google working on a toggle that will allow you to turn off expressive animations in Google Messages.
  • The setting will presumably turn off/on Reaction and Screen Effects.
  • It’s unclear if turning expressive animations off will also affect animated emojis.

If you find the animated reactions in Google’s messaging app annoying, you may be able to turn them off soon. An APK teardown has revealed Google is working on an on/off toggle for the feature.

Google announced Reaction Effects back in November 2023, however, wide availability only rolled out last month. The feature gives Google Messages users the ability to react to text messages with 10 different emoji that also send a corresponding animation. While it can be a fun little addition for some, it can be annoying for others.