This New, Hidden iOS 16 Feature Will Make Using Your iPhone Keyboard So Much Better

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The haptic feedback technology on your iPhone provides a tangible physical experience. You know that little vibration you feel under your finger when you delete an application from your home screen or turn on the flashlight from your lock screen? That’s haptic feedback.

Instead of sound, haptic feedback provides a quiet way to get a more immersive experience when using an iPhone. If you are a fan of the feature, you will love to learn that, with the release of iOS 16the integration of haptic feedback has spread to a number of 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 sending a text message or composing an email, every time you press a key, you’ll feel a slight but satisfying vibration, making the virtual keyboard feel a little more physical.

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However, you need to manually enable the haptic feedback feature for your keyboard on iOS 16 for this to work. 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. View a list of compatible iPhone models and how to go through the installation process.

To enable your keyboard’s haptic feedback:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Go to Sounds and haptics.

3. Tap on keyboard feedback.

4. Switch on haptic.

Haptic feedback setting for keyboard on iOS 16

Turn this on and you’ll feel a slight vibration every time you tap a key.

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Once haptic feedback is enabled, you’ll feel a slight pulse whenever you tap your keyboard, whether you’re entering a space, entering a character, or deleting something. Haptic feedback is performed whether your phone is in silent mode or not.

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

There’s no further explanation like how much battery the feature can actually consume, but it seems to be an important enough issue that Apple had to include a statement about it. If you’re concerned about battery life, you may want to keep the haptic feedback on the keyboard disabled, especially since turning it on for power-saving mode doesn’t disable it.

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