iOS 16: make your iPhone keyboard vibrate every time you type


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You know that little vibration you feel under your finger when you delete an app from your home screen or turn on the flashlight from your lock screen? It’s haptic feedback, and now you can use this feature on your keyboard to improve typing on the iPhone.

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Instead of those annoying pops you’re probably used to, haptic feedback offers a quiet way to get a more immersive experience when using an iPhone. If you’re a fan of the feature, you’ll be happy to hear that with the release of iOS 16the integration of haptic feedback has extended to other aspects of your iPhone.

Thanks to iOS 16, you can now get haptic feedback when using your iPhone’s built-in keyboard. Whether you’re texting or composing an email, each time you press a key, you’ll feel a light but satisfying vibration, giving the virtual keyboard a slightly more physical feel.

However, you need to manually enable haptic feedback for your keyboard on iOS 16 for it to work. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Enable Haptic Feedback on Your iPhone Keyboard

Before following these steps, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 16. You should check out a list of compatible iphone models and how to follow the installation process.

To enable haptic feedback for your keyboard:

1. Open the Settings application.

2. Go to Sounds and Haptics.

3. Press on Keyboard feedback.

4. Enable Haptics.

Haptic feedback setting for keyboard on iOS 16

Enable this option and you will feel a slight vibration each time you press a key.

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As soon as haptic feedback is enabled, you’ll feel a slight pulse every time you tap your keyboard, whether you press space, type a character, or delete something. Haptic feedback will work whether your phone is on silent or not.

It should be noted that Apple has added a note to its support page for haptic feedback which says, “Enabling keyboard haptics may affect your iPhone’s battery life.”

There’s no other explanation, such as how much battery the feature can actually consume, but it seems like a big enough issue that Apple needs to include a statement about it. If you’re worried about battery life, you can turn off haptic feedback on the keyboard, especially since switching to low power mode doesn’t turn it off.

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