What Is Haptic Keyboard on iOS 16 and How to Enable It on Your iPhone

Since the Taptic Engine was first introduced with the iPhone 7, Apple’s iOS has had good haptics whenever you interacted with app icons on the Home Screen and performed certain gestures but the one thing that lacked such an experience was Apple’s native keyboard on iOS. For years, iPhone users relied on third-party keyboards to get Haptic feedback for when they type, and with iOS 16, Apple has finally rolled out Haptic feedback for its default keyboard. 

In this post, we’ll explain what a Haptic keyboard is on iOS 16 and how you can enable it on your iPhone. 
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What is Haptic feedback?

When interacting with your iPhone, there are two major ways your device communicates back to you, i.e., via the display and speaker. However, most of what you do on your phone is through touch, it was essential that your interaction with a device also registered some kind of feedback. With Haptic feedback, your phone can let you know when you’re making contact with its touchscreen by generating a tiny vibration that in some ways touches you back. 

On iPhones, Haptic feedback is provided by Taptic Engines which is a form of vibrotactile haptics also found in gaming controllers from Playstation and Xbox. These are basically little motors that simulate your touch by registering a vibration. 

What is a Haptic keyboard on iPhone?

For years, Android has had keyboards that provided Haptic feedback whenever you touch a key or swipe through the keyboard. iPhone users were forced to use third-party keyboards to emulate the same experience on iOS because Apple’s native keyboard lacked Haptic feedback. The only way users could get feedback when typing was through keyboard clicks that can be heard while pressing the keys.  

With iOS 16, however, iPhones will now be able to offer a Haptic keyboard to give users feedback when they type on the keyboard. The Haptic keyboard on iOS 16 uses the same Taptic Engine on your iPhone which powers other forms of vibration for different gestures. You can use the Haptic feedback along with sound to get both vibrations and keyboard click sounds every time you tap on a key. 

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How to enable Haptic feedback on iPhone keyboard on iOS 16

The Haptic feedback on an iPhone’s keyboard is available via a new Keyboard feedback section on iOS 16. Before you can use it, you will need to update your iPhone to iOS 16 that’s available for download on iPhone 8 and later models. Once you’ve installed the latest iOS update, you can enable Haptic feedback on the iPhone keyboard by opening the Settings app on iOS. 

Inside Settings, select Sounds & Haptics

On the next screen, tap on Keyboard feedback

Here, turn on the Haptic toggle until it turns green. 

You can leave the Sound toggle enabled if you want audio feedback when you type on the keyboard. If not, you can disable this toggle to only get Haptic feedback from your keyboard instead. 

Haptic feedback will now be enabled on your iPhone. Whenever you interact with your keyboard now, you’ll experience vibrations when you tap a key or make swipe gestures on it. 

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How to disable Haptic feedback on iPhone keyboard on iOS 16

If you do not wish to use Haptic feedback on the iOS keyboard or you don’t like the experience when typing on it, you can disable Haptic feedback at any time. Follow the guide above to access the Keyboard feedback option under the Settings app.

On the Keyboard feedback screen, turn off the Haptic toggle to turn it from green to grey. 

That’s all you need to know about Haptic Keyboard in iOS 16 and how you can enable or disable it on your iPhone running iOS 16. 


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