Apple’s Dynamic Island — an on-screen overlay that hides your phone’s front camera hardware — is currently unique to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
The pill-shaped box shows alerts and information about in-progress activities, such as phone calls, on your device.
Dynamic Island is a creative way to conceal hardware without resorting to the not-so-attractive notch of the past. Take a look at the video below if you’re unfamiliar:
However, not everyone will be ready to embrace the new overlays. Perhaps you don’t want animations distracting you every time something is happening on your phone.
Unfortunately, you can’t completely disable Dynamic Island, but you can dismiss animations with a quick flick of your finger.
At this stage, dismissal is the best—and only—option. Let’s discuss how to turn off Dynamic Island animations on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
How to stop Dynamic Island animations
If animations are causing a distraction, you can stop them in their tracks by swiping left or right across the Dynamic Island.
When you dismiss an activity or alert, you only end the animation, not the task itself. Anything that’s occurring in the background will continue as normal.
When performing multiple tasks, Dynamic Island splits into two segments, one big and one small.
If you want to elevate the smaller task, you can dismiss the larger island by swiping left or right across it. The small island will then expand to take its place.
Can you turn off Dynamic Island?
While you can’t disable Dynamic Island animations completely, you can quickly dismiss them when they occur.
It’s not the ideal solution, but—aside from switching to a different iPhone model—it’s all we’ve got.