It's official: Apple released iOS 10 on Tuesday, complete with dozens of exciting new features (you can finally delete Apple's stock apps now!) that'll make your iPhone and iPad better than ever. And while the update adds several cool features to the Messages app, let's just say the flashy new text animations are... a little much. Thankfully, there's an easy way to turn them off.
After you update, holding down on the redesigned send button in the Messages app allows you to change the way your text message bubbles appear when they send; for example, the "Loud" effect displays your message in giant letters while the bubble shakes slightly for emphasis. If you really want to get someone's attention, you can also send messages with snazzy full-screen animations like floating balloons, a burst of confetti, a laser light show, exploding fireworks, and a shooting star.
As you can imagine, they all have the potential to be annoying, especially if your jerk of friend keeps sending you the damn exploding fireworks over and over again. A quick adjustment in your Settings app, however, will put a stop to the madness.