Haptic feedback arrives to iPhone typing thanks to Google

Haptic feedback arrives to iPhone typing thanks to Google
We never thought we'd see the day, but it's finally here: haptic feedback when typing on your iPhone.

Haptic feedback is the subtle vibration that accentuates every keypress and it has been a feature on Android phones for years, but for some reason it was never widely available on iPhones. To be perfectly precise, it was available on some third-party keyboards, most of them paid and not very popular. Now, it's come to a keyboard that people actually use: Google Gboard.


The feature comes with Gboard version 1.40 that is rolling out starting today and it is not enabled by default, so you need to long press the gear icon on the keyboard after you enable it, and then go into Settings > Keyboard Settings, and scroll all the way down to switch the "Enable haptic feedback on key press" toggle.

Gboard brings haptic feedback to iPhone typing with its latest update, version 1.40

Gboard brings haptic feedback to iPhone typing with its latest update, version 1.40


Gboard is an excellent alternative to the stock iPhone keyboard. It has great word prediction, it supports swipe typing, and it features a built-in Google search. One thing you might want to do if you are concerned about your privacy is ensure the keyboard does not have full rights to send your typing data to its servers.

For all else, typing with haptic feedback using Gboard is great. The feedback is very slight and we find it very reassuring to have that kind of subtle vibration while typing. Now, if only Apple took notice and introduced this feature to the native iOS keyboard app...

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17 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 129; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

"Now, if only Apple took notice and introduced this feature to the native iOS keyboard app" - iOS 20? :D

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1026; Member since: May 27, 2011

I was hoping for iOS 13 actually, but that might be too optimistic :)

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6450; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

A stable and functional update would be preferred. So iOS 20.2 might be the one to hold out for.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1295; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

FINALLY! one of my biggest annoyances on my work phone

4. clarity

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

I've used keyboard haptic feedback some times on my 7 and after a week or so I get fed up with it. It kind of gave me the illusion that my battery was draining a lot more. I never used any third party keyboards and I figure most Apple users never did so too. It'll eventually be added on to stock iOS.

6. LAgurl

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

i always turned it off on my android phones it was annoying for me , right now im using an iphone XR as a back up i am not putting that on.

17. billylegoat

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 17, 2017

Well, most android phones have s**tty vibrator motors and it kills the fun of haptic feedback. Not sure how iPhone vibrator motors handles it

7. Rocket

Posts: 614; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

That's one off the first things that i usually turn off on every new phone.

8. Raito

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Android users may be proud about that "joyful" functionality

13. pimpin83z

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Preference of mine.

9. cncrim

Posts: 1557; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I could be nice if Apple add the 5 row for number.

10. sachouba

Posts: 261; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Still no Number row nor punctuation under the letters? iOS is definitely the worst mobile OS for anyone who likes to type fast.

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

People have adjusted. I've seen some iOS keyboard typers send messages with stenographer type speed.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is so sorely needed in iOS, along with a dedicated numbers row (iPhone).

12. pimpin83z

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Dedicated numbers row has been a keyboard must have for me since the Note 3 in 2013. Kept me from using Gboard & Swiftkey for the longest.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed. Gotta have it.

15. Be_Mine

Posts: 198; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Wait... I thought they removed the headphone jack to make way for the "Taptic Engine" which will in turn be used for such purposes.

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