iOS 16 finally gives the iPhone a haptic keyboard — here's how to turn it on

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Update: Watch out for increased battery drain when enabling the iOS 16 haptic keyboard.

The lack of a haptic keyboard on iPhone has long been a personal bugbear of mine. In fact, I even jailbroke my very first iPhone, the iPhone 4, just so I could use a haptic keyboard.

It's likewise long been a pet peeve of many other iPhone users too, and a point of mockery from Android fans whenever the long contested argument has surfaced about which platform delivers the best phones

Well, mock no more, because after more than a decade with the release of iOS 16 and its many features, Apple has finally delivered official haptic keyboard feedback on iPhone. 

Why they didn't do this before is beyond me. But now that haptic keyboard on iPhone arrived, you'll want to know how to enable it. Read on.

How to enable haptic keyboard on iPhone

1. Open the Settings app and tap Sounds & Haptics.

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2. Tap Keyboard Feedback.

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3. Toggle Haptic to on

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Easy, right? Now all that's left to do is enjoy the beautiful, satisfying feedback of haptic typing.

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Peter Wolinski
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