iOS 16 is a promising update. And part of what makes it so palatable is that it’s full of small new features. Haptics for Keyboard is one such update. With iOS 16, you can enable haptic feedback for the native iOS keyboard to feel the tap of the keys as you type.
Why is it something to get excited about? For starters, different keys provide a distinct type of haptic feedback that allows you to recognize which key has been pressed without looking at the keyboard. For example, the haptic feedback for the spacebar is different than the alphabet keys. Moreover, unlike sound, haptic feedback doesn’t stop working even when your iPhone is on silent.
Third-party keyboards, like Gboard from Google, have been offering haptic feedback for quite some time. But not everyone opts to use third-party keyboards because of privacy concerns. With iOS 16, you don’t have to. All you need to do is enable the setting since it is disabled by default.
Enabling Haptic Feedback for Keyboard
Enabling the haptic feedback for the keyboard is a really simple process and won’t require more than a couple of taps worth of effort from you.
To enable the haptic feedback for the keyboard, head to the Settings app, either from the home screen or the app library of your iPhone.
Then, from the Settings screen, locate and tap on the ‘Sound & Haptics’ tile.
Next, locate and tap on the ‘Keyboard Feedback’ tile to continue.
After that, tap on the toggle switch following the ‘Haptic’ option to bring it to the on position.
And that’s it, you have enabled the haptic feedback for the keyboard on your iPhone.
Disabling the Haptic Feedback
In case you want to disable the haptic feedback, then just tap on the toggle switch following the ‘Haptic’ option to bring it to the ‘Off’ position.
How to Toggle System Haptics On or Off
In case you were looking to toggle the haptics for the complete system, follow the easy steps below and you will be done before you know it.
First, head to the Settings app, either from the home screen or from the app library of your iPhone.
Next, on the Settings screen, locate and tap on the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ tile to continue.
After that, scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ page and tap on the switch following the ‘System Haptics’ option to turn off the haptics everywhere on your device.
In case you are here to enable the system haptics, tap on the toggle switch following the ‘System Haptics’ option to bring it to the on position.
System haptics doesn’t affect your keyboard haptic feedback. So, even if you turn off System haptics, keyboard haptics will remain on as long as you don’t disable the toggle for it specifically.
You might have also noticed more toggles for haptics above the System Haptics that go something like, ‘Play Haptics in Ring Mode’ and ‘Play Haptics in Silent Mode’. Regardless of whether you have these on or off, keyboard haptic feedback will work in both modes if you have it enabled.
If you hate the sounds the keyboard makes while typing but also don’t like things to be completely silent, haptic feedback for the keyboard is going to change your life. Honestly, it’s curious that Apple took so long to introduce this feature after first introducing the Taptic engine ages ago.