iOS 15: Haptic Feedback

Haptic feedback is the tap or quick vibration you feel when interacting with different elements of your iPhone. Apple is researching how to make swiping across an iOS screen feel more tactile. Combining haptic feedback with visual feedback can make interacting with an iOS device more efficient and intuitive. iOS 15 has introduced a new haptic feedback when your finger is on an empty part of the screen - where no items are discovered.

New Haptic Feedback Options

As always, Apple provides users with options. You can choose to turn haptic feedback on or off, and you can change the intensity of the haptic feedback. To customize your haptic feedback:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Select Accessibility
  • Select VoiceOver (VoiceOver does not have to be on)
  • Scroll down and select Audio
  • Select Sounds & Haptics
  • Under Haptics is a slider to adjust the intensity of the haptics
  • Toggle Haptics on or off

Screenshot of adjusting the intensity of haptic feedback and the toggle on/off haptics button

Additional Haptics Options

Do you like haptics? There are more options for haptics, just like there are options for sound alerts such as the ding when an email comes in or the "swoosh" when an email is sent. You can choose to include (or not include) a haptic vibration. You can also choose to customize your haptic vibration. These haptic options might be very beneficial for users who are hearing impaired.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Select Sounds & Haptics (on supported models) or Sounds (on other iPhones)
  • To set the tones and vibration patters for sounds, tap a sound type (such as a ring tone or text tone).
  • Select Vibration (Default is none)
  • Choose from the list of standard vibrations, customize (create your own vibration), or none.

Screenshot of type of haptic vibration options, custom, and none for the New Mail alert.

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