Apple announced iOS 16 earlier in the year, and while it will hit all devices later, early betas showed off some of the smaller features that Apple didn’t talk much about during the big reveal.
One of our favorite new additions in iOS 16 is the touch keyboard. These are little vibrations that offer welcome feedback when you type, and while they’ve been a mainstay on Android for years, they’re very new to iOS.
Here’s how to enable the new feature after installing the iOS 16 beta. As always with beta software, it’s best to install on a secondary device, as there will likely be bugs.
What you will need:
The short version
- Open the Settings app in iOS 16
- Scroll to Sounds and Haptics
- Open Keyboard Feedback
- Enable keyboard feedback
- Swipe back to Settings
Open the Settings app on iOS 16 beta
Haptic keyboard feedback is a new feature added in iOS 16, and until this software becomes available to everyone later in the year, you’ll need to install the public (or developer) beta to get the feature now. If you’re already using iOS 16, open the Settings app on your iPhone.
You’ll want to find the Sounds and Haptics option in the Settings app, so scroll down until you see it and then tap it.
Open the keyboard feedback option
Now you’ll want to find the Keyboard Feedback option under the Sounds & Haptics menu. When you see it, tap it and we can move on to the next step.
Enable keyboard feedback
When you’re in the keyboard feedback menu, you should see two options: Sound and Haptic. Tap to enable the Haptic option and the slider should turn green.
Swipe back to Settings
Swipe back to the settings apps and you should now see “Haptic” next to the keyboard feedback option. This means that the setting is enabled.
Open an app with an available keyboard
You’ve now enabled haptic feedback in the iOS 16 keyboard. To try it out, go to any app with a keyboard and start typing—you should feel a gentle vibration as you type.
To disable the haptic, simply repeat the process above, but tap the slider to turn it gray instead of green. This will disable them and return the keyboard to its previous state.
Unfortunately no. This is a new feature added in iOS 16 and as such you will need the update to take advantage of it.