How to Use the New Haptic Keyboard in iOS 16

Make your iPhone’s keyboard spring to life by enabling Haptic feedback every time you tap a key.

The Haptic Touch keyboard is one of the coolest features available on iOS 16. This type of keyboard function is common on Android devices and has been for some time, and Apple has finally added it to iPhones for the first time.

If you’re curious to learn more about Haptic Touch or how to activate the Haptic Touch keyboard on your iPhone, this guide is for you.


What Is Haptic Touch?

Haptic Touch is essentially a really quick vibrate, like a tap that makes software buttons feel as though they click. iPhones have used variations of Haptic Touch for some time, with one notable example of this when pressing the flashlight icon from your Lock Screen. When you do this, you’ll feel your iPhone respond to the pressure of your finger with a tap.

With a Haptic Touch keyboard, you can get this responsive feedback from your phone whenever you press a key. When you’re typing you’ll feel your phone tap in response. This makes the keyboard come to life and feel more responsive under your fingers.

The Haptic Touch keyboard feature is new to iOS 16, along with the ability to edit and unsend iMessages and use your iPhone as a webcam.

How to Activate the Haptic Touch Keyboard on Your iPhone

If you want the Haptic Touch keyboard activated on your iPhone, it’s easy to do so. It’s off by default, even for new iOS 16 users.

To activate the Haptic Touch keyboard head to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback and turn on Haptic.

Now, when you type anywhere on your device, whether it be a text message or note, you will feel a Haptic Touch response.

Is the Haptic Touch Keyboard Here to Stay?

With Apple releasing the Haptic Touch keyboard almost a decade after it was first seen on Android devices, Apple was far behind. However, it appears that this new feature is here to stay. After all, most newer iPhones are already designed to accommodate Haptic Touch.

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