How to use the new haptic keyboard in iOS 16

The Haptic Touch keyboard is one of the coolest features on iOS 16. This type of keyboard feature is common on Android devices, and it’s been a while, and Apple has finally added it to the iPhone for the first time.

If you want to learn more about haptic touch, or how to activate the haptic touch keyboard on iPhone, this guide is for you.

However, it’s important to note that iOS 16 is currently in beta, which means you can only use this feature now until you install the iOS 16 beta on your iPhone.

What is haptic touch?

Haptic touch is essentially a very fast vibration, like a tap, making a software button feel as if it is clicking. The iPhone has been using haptic touch variations for some time now, and one of the obvious examples is pressing the flashlight icon on the lock screen. When you do this, you will feel your iPhone reacting with a light tap on the pressure of your fingers.

With the tactile touch keyboard, every time you press a key, you get this reactive feedback from your phone. As you type, you’ll feel your phone tapping responsively. This makes the keyboard come alive and feels more sensitive under your fingers.

The haptic touch keyboard feature is a new feature of iOS 16, as well as the ability to edit and cancel sending iMessages, as well as the ability to use the iPhone as a webcam.

How to activate the Haptic Touch Keyboard on your iPhone

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

To activate the Haptic Touch keyboard, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback and open Haptic.


Now, when you enter text anywhere on your device, whether it’s a text message or a note, you’ll feel the Haptic Touch response.

Will the haptic touch keyboard continue to exist?

With Apple releasing the first tactile touch keyboard on Android devices nearly a decade later, Apple is already far behind. However, this new feature seems to be left behind. After all, most of the newer iPhones are already designed to accommodate haptic touch.