Haptic feedback arrives to iPhone typing thanks to Google
by Victor Hristov / Feb 14, 2019, 7:41 AM
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.
Very subtle vibration makes typing on your iPhone more joyful
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 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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"Now, if only Apple took notice and introduced this feature to the native iOS keyboard app" - iOS 20? :D
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 7:48 AM 0
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I was hoping for iOS 13 actually, but that might be too optimistic :)
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 7:49 AM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 7:59 AM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 8:24 AM 2
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Still no Number row nor punctuation under the letters? iOS is definitely the worst mobile OS for anyone who likes to type fast.
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 9:44 AM 3
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This is so sorely needed in iOS, along with a dedicated numbers row (iPhone).
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 10:25 AM 4
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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.
posted on Feb 14, 2019, 12:12 PM 2
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