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Microsoft Teams: How to Disable Animations – Technipages

Did you know that GIF animations have been around since Windows 2.0? Yup, you recalled that correctly, Windows 2.0 was released in 1987. This means the GIF format is 34 years old.

But if you’re on this page, it’s probably because you’re looking for a way to turn off animations in Microsoft Teams. Let’s dive right in and see how you can do that.

Steps to Turn off Animations in Microsoft Teams

Using the App Settings

After you disable Teams animations, you’ll still be able to play GIFs. The only difference is that GIFs will no longer play automatically. You need to hit the play button to see the animation.

  1. Launch Teams and click on your profile picture.
  2. Select Settings and click on General.
  3. Then scroll all the way down to Display.
  4. Tick the Turn off animations checkbox. disable animations microsoft teams
  5. Restart Teams to apply the changes.

Using the Admin Center

If you’re an IT admin and you want to take this one step further, you can edit the messaging policies so as to turn off GIFS, memes, and stickers.

  1. Go to the Teams admin center.
  2. Click on Messaging teams messaging policies
  3. Locate and disable the following settings:
    • Use Giphys in conversations.
    • Use Memes in conversations.
    • And Use Stickers in conversations.turn off animations teams admin center
  4. Apply the changes.

Once these settings disabled, Teams users won’t be able to insert GIFs, memes, and stickers in their chat conversations.

However, if you change your mind and you decide to let people use GIFs, you can filter the animated images based on their content rating. There are three options available:

  • No restriction: Users can insert any GIFs in chats, including adult content.
  • Moderate: This option moderately restricts adult content GIFs.
  • Strict: Teams will block all adult content GIFs.

If you’re managing the Teams accounts of a school, you may want to apply the changes org-wide. Blocking Teams animations completely may positively impact students’ attention. While GIFs and other types of animated content are fun to use, they may distract students from classes.


Chat animations are really fun but they might be just too distracting for some Teams users. If don’t want to get distracted by countless GIFs popping up in your Teams chat window, you can simply disable animated content and emoticons.

Which side are you on? Do you love or hate Teams animations? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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