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How to use the iPhone’s Haptic keyboard

The new Haptic keyboard on iPhone is something worth a try. Check to learn how to use it.

Ios 16 settings haptic feedback iphone keyboard
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iOS 16’s release came with many new features for iPhone enthusiasts. Among these features, people have focused more on things related to customizing app icons or unsending messages

Amidst all this, however, there’s more spice to the cake: the Haptic keyboard. Although it took longer, the Haptic keyboard has finally arrived as a default feature on iPhone. 

Thankfully, you’ll no longer need to download a third-party keyboard or look for an Android device to learn how to use the Haptic keyboard on your iPhone.

Shortly, we’ll discuss this feature and how you can start using it today.

First things first: What is the Haptic keyboard on iPhone?

Iphone screen showing haptic touch tab circled red purple background
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The Haptic Keyboard is a new feature available on iPhones running iOS 16, which enables your phone to vibrate in response to touch.

So, each time you tap a key on the keyboard, it sets off Haptic feedback through vibrations, along with optional audible clicks.

This feature is designed to give you confidence that you’ve accurately pressed a key on your keyboard. Although this feature is new to iPhones, most Android devices have had it for a while. 

Something nice about Haptic feedback is that it runs even if your iPhone is in silent mode, minus the audible click.

Here’s a good example of what haptic feedback looks like in real life:

If you’ve never used an Android phone or downloaded a third-party keyboard on iPhone to access the Haptics, it could be considered “new” to you.

Having said that, the next section will provide detailed steps on how to use the Haptic keyboard on your iPhone.  Ready to jump in?

How to use the Haptic keyboard on iPhone

The Haptic keyboard is a pretty cool feature, and enabling it straightforward.

But before we start, the first thing to keep in mind before moving on is your phone must be on iOS 16 or higher.

If that’s not the case, ensure you get the latest iOS version for your device and come back.

Next, you can follow the steps below to use the Haptic keyboard on your iPhone:

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. A person is adjusting the settings on their phone. Full text: fri 11 settings facetime calendar camera 1 12 1 10 2 9 3 a 8 7 6 5 mail clock maps weather k

Next, go to Sounds & Haptics. The image is showing the user settings for mobile data notifications, sounds and haptics, and focus screen time. Full text: mobile data notifications > sounds & haptics focus screen time k

Scroll down, then tap on Keyboard Feedback. The image is showing how to switch between ring and silent mode on a device by using a reminder alert chord and keyboard feedback sound. Full text: reminder alerts chord > keyboard feedback sound > lock sound ring / silent mode switch

Lastly, toggle on the button for Haptic. Arrow pointing to haptic tab on iphone

That’s it. You’ve now enabled Haptic feedback on your iPhone keyboard. Next time you tap a key, enter a character, hit the spacebar, or delete something, you’ll feel a slight vibration. 

Want to take it a step further? Here’s how to use Haptic feedback on iPhone like a pro.

Customize System Haptics

  • In the “Settings” app, navigate to “Accessibility.”
  • Tap on “Touch.”
  • Locate the “Haptic Touch” settings.
  • Choose between “Light,” “Medium,” or “Firm” to set the desired intensity level for haptic feedback.

Adjust 3D/Haptic Touch Sensitivity

You can change how sensitive the Haptic Touch feature is on your iPhone. This menu lets you see more options by pressing harder on app icons and other parts of your screen.

  • In the “Settings” app, go to “Accessibility.”
  • Tap on “Touch.”
  • Locate the “3D & Haptic Touch” settings (for older iPhones) or “Haptic Touch” settings (for newer iPhones).
  • Adjust the sensitivity slider to your preferred level: “Light,” “Medium,” or “Firm.”

Use Haptic Feedback in Apps

Many apps incorporate haptic feedback to enhance the user experience. For instance, when using Apple Maps, you’ll feel haptic feedback when approaching a turn while navigating.

Similarly, in the Messages app, you’ll feel subtle vibrations as you scroll through emojis. What about third-party apps? Yup, you can adjust those too. Here’s how:

  • Open the app and navigate to its settings or preferences.
  • b. Look for haptic, vibrations, or tactile feedback options.
  • c. Enable or disable haptic feedback as desired, and adjust any available customization options.
Ios 16 settings haptic feedback iphone keyboard
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Start using the Haptic keyboard on your iPhone today

The Haptic keyboard is something you definitely don’t want to miss on your iPhone, given the slight “bumps” you’ll experience whenever you tap on something on your keyboard. 

If you’re uncomfortable with the click sound accompanying the Haptic feedback, you can toggle off the Sound option under the Keyboard Feedback section. Otherwise, you can start enjoying the Haptic feedback experience on your iPhone today. 

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Bethwel is a freelance tech writer with over five years of experience. He loves writing about iPhones, iPads, Windows PCs, Macs, and Android. In his free time, Bethwel loves reading novels and watching the latest tech trends.

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