Our iPhones are our means of communication with the world, whether it’s catching up with friends and family or arguing with others. Either way, you’ll no doubt be typing a lot on your small piece of metal and glass. And until now, the only feedback you could get on your iOS keyboard was audible pops, although that only works if you don’t keep your iPhone quiet 24/7.
A new feature in iOS 16 lets you enable haptic feedback on the iOS keyboard, something Android devices have had for a long time. So yeah, iOS is finally catching up on some UI aspects. With haptic touch feedback, you can know when each keystroke is being registered as there will be some tactile feedback every time you tap a character on the keyboard.
Here’s how to enable haptic keyboard feedback on your favorite iPhone or iPad running iOS 16.
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Enable haptic keyboard feedback on iPhone and iPad
If you want some keyboard feedback without annoying clicks, haptic feedback is perfect. It lets you know that every keystroke has been recorded without bothering you or letting anyone else know that you are typing. And enabling it is an easy task!
- launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Sounds and haptics†
- Scroll down and tap keyboard feedback†
- Press switch in front of haptic until ON (green)†
- Optionally, you can tap the switch for: Sound either ON or OFF.
That is it! Every time you type a character on the iOS keyboard, you will feel tactile feedback. Gone are the days of a physical keyboard on your smartphone, so this is the closest you can get.
Getting closer to Android
Haptic touch on the keyboard is a feature I’ve wanted on the iPhone for quite some time. I’m glad iOS 16 is finally adding it, as I enjoy getting feedback that doesn’t bother others around me as I type. This is just another feature that brings iOS closer to Android, just like customizing the lock screen and landscape support for Face ID.
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