You must have iOS (iPhone® operating system) 12-16 to disable GIFs. You cannot disable GIFs on an iPhone® with iOS 17.
Covenant Eyes cannot monitor GIFs (short, looping videos) on iPhone®, so some people disable GIFs (also called #images) due to their adult humor and themes.
Part One: Turn off #images in Messages
- Open the Messages app and open a new text message.
- Tap the “A” App Store® icon to open the “Favorite Apps” bar.
- The “Favorite Apps” bar will appear. Swipe left across the bar until you locate the “More” option. (The icon is three gray dots.)
- On the next screen, tap the “Edit” option in the top left corner.
- To remove #images from the Favorites bar, tap the red minus sign next to #images. After you tap the minus sign, tap “Remove from Favorites.”
- Under MORE APPS, #images will be visible. Turn the toggle switch off for #images to disable it. To remove the ability to use #images, read on to Part Two!
Part Two: Disable the Ability to Reinstall #images
Apple provides free device controls, called Screen Time, for iPhone® and iPad®. If you disable the “Installing Apps” feature in Screen Time, you can prevent the member from reinstalling #images. However, disabling "Installing Apps" will hide and disable the App Store® on the device.
- If you’re familiar with Screen Time settings, go to the Settings app > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes & App Store Purchases > Installing Apps > Don’t Allow.
- If you’re unfamiliar with Screen Time settings, read How do I set up Screen Time with iOS 15.1-16 on an iPhone®?