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How to Use Animations in Mobile Apps

14th Feb 2020Posted by Admin

An Overview on Use of Mobile App Animations

App animations allow you enough creativity and have become an area of debate and interest. In this article, we will discuss how animations in mobile apps can make a better user experience.

Animations in mobile apps just not add to its attributes and decor but a significant function that enhances usability. They make way for a better opportunity for designers to depict the message of the brand to the consumers, save screen space, improves usability and user interaction.

But there is one limitation that, animations demands more loading time and may cause distractions if not properly used. Therefore, here we have articulated everything about mobile app animation.

An Introduction to Mobile App Animations

In simple words, mobile app animations are the graphic elements used by designers for a better app interaction that enhances app usability, helps navigate through elements and sees the page hierarchy.

They include motion elements as mentioned below:

  • Animated buttons
  • Toggles and switches
  • Hover effects
  • Tick or cross signs
  • List bounces
  • Processing bars
  • Animated mascots

It is not an easy task to create animations. The design must be made keeping in mind what the user could love to see and develop a personal connection with the brand.

How to Use Animation in Mobile Applications?

Making the right choice of UI animations is an important aspect of using animations for mobile apps. This requires following different guidelines for UI/UX app designs and come up with innovations. App designing has 5 development stage. Let's see what are they.

  • Researching
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Testing
  • Visual designing

This is similar for app animations as well, just based on what the designers want and the goals of the interface.

To offer a better understanding of the app interface to the designers, here we share the best types of UI animations and how they can be optimized for better functioning.

  • Animations During App Progress

If the UI interaction is time-consuming or too slow in an app, designers can take advantage of an animated progress bar to tell a user about the app's progress and in a funny way. This is also applicable during app loading.

  • Animations for Notifications

With the best kind of notifications in the mobile app, it will eventually improve the ROI of app design. They grab attention in the best ways, give clear app information and make advertisements more interactive. 

  • Animations for Marketing

With this, it enables to relay information with animated logos and mascots and helps in branding. This will help to improve app usability because users can connect to brands and businesses with visual cues and get the brand message.

  • Animations for Transition

One great significance of animation can be seen during the transition of the screen and the change of the function. When your app design offers this kind of customized transitions of functioning, the app UI gets improve two-fold.

  • Animations for Navigation

What could be better in-app navigation, if not as comprehensible as possible? To ensure a high-quality ROI you need navigation that can be well understood and clear.

Best Tools for Animation in - App Designing

To achieve the best app interface, here we share a list of some best animation tools to help the designers.

  • Adobe After Effects + Lottie

Adobe After Effects suits for experimentation with numerous mobile app animations and motion graphics. It helps in loading JSON files essential for A/B testing but comes with no special integration for the Sketch file.

 Lottie is a library for Android, iOS and React Native that supports different types of animations mobile applications with various cuts and angles.

  • Flow

This is needed for readymade animations, triggers, layout code, gestures and interactive transitions for HTML and iOS projects. This integrates with Sketch and helps designers to import 1:1 designs or import two art-boards for auto-generated transitions.

The tool being relatively new, it is limited for Mac only and can import just Sketch files.

  • Kite

This is a prototype design tool and a native tool for iOS and Mac OS. This comes with a timeline editor, huge scripting interface and WYSIWYG canvas. Kita helps in the video, animation and GIF export to native Swift or Objective-C code.

But it has one disadvantage with export functionality with its flexibility, which doesn't allow animators to integrate for prototyping or animations other than the SceneView.

  • Haiku

A perfect tool for animation for numerous projects across various platforms. It supports Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Figma, and SVG files. Also, this enables us to use expressions that allow dynamism to components.

To use this, animators must learn scripting and this can be quite complicated if the person has no experience or less experience with After Effects. This will work like magic for animators who know HaikuCore.

  • Timeline

This is a Sketch plugin that allows designing for newsletters, ads, mobile apps, banners, and websites. This also allows sharing of functions like recording an interactive demo, in-app assistance, feedback, etc., and also share functionalities of timeline uploads to the web, downloads and sharing options.

With its multi-functional scope, this animation tool helps in making prototypes that can be shared with clients as well.


We all try for good designs. UI animations help in creating a better connection between users and brands with engaging designs. But with overuse of animations, it may create trouble as well like more loading time which may eventually lead to users avoiding the app.

Therefore app designers must understand the audience, their needs, loading time, and keep a good knowledge about the latest design trends. It is important to use app designing judiciously, otherwise, anything in excess has its drawbacks.

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