When you type on your iPhone keyboard, it makes a clicking sound to let you know that you’ve tapped correctly. Likewise, if you lock your phone, it makes a lock sound.
If you find these sounds annoying or even distracting, you can turn them off in just a few easy steps. This is particularly useful if you are typing in an environment where others are around, like a library or classroom.
1. Go to Settings
The iOS keyboard is great for typing, but some people don’t like the sound of the clicks it makes when they type on the virtual keyboard. If you’re one of these people, you can turn off the keyboard click sounds on your iPhone.
You can do so by going to the Settings app on your device. This is usually accessible from the Home Screen or the App Library. Alternatively, you can use the Spotlight Search feature to open the Settings app directly from the Lock or Home Screens.
To access the Settings app, tap and hold on the icon to bring up a menu with shortcuts for the most frequently used settings. You can also swipe down from the screen to reveal a search field that allows you to enter “settings” and then select a setting.
Once in the settings, you can change a number of different options that affect how the keyboard operates. These include sounds, haptics, and feedback.
While the keyboard’s click sounds are linked to the overall volume on an iPhone, you can quickly mute them by switching the physical mute button on the side of your phone to the red position. This will disable all sound output from your iPhone, including the keyboard clicks, but will still allow you to listen to other audio on the device.
2. Tap Sounds & Haptics
If you’ve ever sat down to type an email or text message on your iPhone or iPad, you probably noticed that it makes a clicking sound every time you press a key. It’s a cute little feature, but if you type a lot, it can be a bit annoying.
If you like typing on your phone but don’t want to hear the keyboard clicks, there are a few ways to turn them off. One of the easiest ways is to use the Mute switch on your iPhone. It’s a rocker button that sits on the left side of your device, just above the volume controls. Slide it to the red position and all sounds will be muted including your keyboard clicks, camera shutter, and ringtone alerts.
Another way to mute your keyboard is to turn on Silent Mode by using the physical mute button. You’ll know it’s on Silent mode when you see an orange line appear on the physical mute button and when you get two subtle taps on your screen.
Alternatively, you can put your phone in ring or silent mode by using the little switch on the side of the phone. Just push this switch to the left, and it will disable all sounds including your keyboard. This works quickly and is the best option for times when you want to turn off the keyboard sounds but don’t want to turn off all of your other system sounds.
The haptic feedback feature can be turned on or off in Settings (on supported models). Once you’ve enabled it, it will run automatically whenever you touch a key or move a finger on the keyboard.
3. Tap Keyboard Feedback
If you’re using the default iPhone keyboard, you might be irritated by the fake keyboard noises that pop up when you tap keys. It can be annoying to those around you, especially if you’re in a classroom or meeting. You can easily turn off the clicking sounds made by your iPhone’s virtual keyboard.
The good news is that Apple’s new iOS 16 mobile operating system includes a feature that makes typing much more pleasant. It’s called “Haptic Keyboard Feedback” and it gives your iPhone a small vibration whenever you type something on the keyboard.
Haptic feedback has been a staple of Android phones for years but it’s been unavailable in iOS until now. Luckily, it’s now an option for all iPhones running on iOS 16.
However, it’s worth noting that turning on this new feature may impact your battery life. It’s unknown how much, but we’d recommend disabling it if you’re on a tight budget or want to preserve your iPhone’s battery for other tasks.
In the meantime, you can try some third-party keyboard apps that are available for free from the App Store. These include Microsoft SwiftKey and Google Gboard, both of which are great alternatives to the iPhone’s built-in keyboard.
Once you’ve downloaded a keyboard that supports haptic feedback, open it and start typing. Once you’ve enabled it, the keyboard will vibrate with every keypress that you make. It’s a great addition to Apple’s keyboard and it should work with any third-party keyboard that supports this feature.
You can also toggle it off if you’re not a fan of the haptic feedback, though you’ll need to enable it again in the future.
To disable the haptic keyboard feedback, just go back to the Settings menu and select Keyboard Feedback again. This time, you’ll be able to disable it by tapping the red switch next to Sound.
4. Tap Turn On
If you’re not a fan of the keyboard click sound on your iPhone, it’s easy to disable it. All you need to do is open up Settings, then tap Sounds & Haptics, then Keyboard Feedback. From here you can turn off the clicking sound or try haptic feedback (vibration) instead.
There are many people who enjoy the keyboard click sound on their iPhone, but for others it can be a bit irritating. Luckily, you can easily disable the keyboard click sound on your iPhone or iPad by changing the sound volume in settings.
On most iOS devices, the volume of the keyboard click sound is based on the overall volume of the phone’s sounds. If you’ve muted your device with the silent switch on the side, the keyboard clicks won’t be heard at all, and if you’ve turned off the ringer volume with the same switch, they will almost or completely inaudible as well.
The default sound for the iPhone’s virtual keyboard is a clicking noise to simulate the sounds you would hear when tapping on a physical keyboard. You can adjust the volume of this sound in Settings, but if you don’t want to hear it when you’re not using your device, you can also use a broader option to temporarily turn off the sound on your keyboard.
You can even enable haptic keyboard feedback on your iPhone with the latest iOS 16 update. To test out this feature, open an app that uses the keyboard such as Notes, Reminder or Messages and start tapping keys.
You can try different combinations of the switches for ‘Sound’ and ‘Haptic’ enabled or disabled to see which one works best for you. Keep in mind that enabling haptic feedback might affect the battery life of your phone, but that’s still to be determined. You can try it out in ring mode and in silent mode to get a feel for it, and turn it off when you’re done to save battery power.