iOS 16: Make Your iPhone Keyboard Vibrate Whenever You Type

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

Instead of those annoying clicking sounds you’re probably used to, haptic feedback provides a quiet way to get an immersive experience when using your iPhone. If you are a fan of this feature, you will love to learn it using iOS 16 releasethe integration of haptic feedback has extended into some other aspects of your iPhone.

With iOS 16, you can now get haptic feedback when using your iPhone’s built-in keyboard. Whether you’re texting or writing an email, you’ll feel a slight but satisfying vibration every time you press a key, making the virtual keyboard feel a little more physical.

For this to work, you need to manually enable the haptic feedback feature for the keyboard on iOS 16. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to enable haptic feedback on your iPhone keyboard

Before going through these steps, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 16. You should look at and list of compatible iPhone models and how to go through the installation process.

To enable keyboard haptic feedback:

1. Open up Settings application.

2. Go to Sounds and haptics.

3. Click on Keyboard feedback.

4. Turn it on Haptic.

Once haptic feedback is activated, you’ll feel a slight pulse whenever you tap the keyboard, whether you’re tapping a space bar, entering a character, or deleting something. The haptic response will be triggered regardless of whether your phone is in silent mode or not.

It’s worth noting that Apple added a note to its support page for haptic feedback that says, “Turning on keyboard haptics may affect your iPhone’s battery life.”

There’s no further explanation, such as how much battery the feature might actually use, but it seems like a significant enough issue that Apple needed to make a statement about it. If you’re worried about battery life, you might want to leave the keyboard’s haptic feedback turned off, especially since going into low power mode doesn’t turn it off.

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