Apple’s iPhone and iPad come with touch sensitivity set by default right out of the box. These are good enough for most people, according to Apple. However, if you want to change the touch sensitivity settings, you can do so.
That said, if you don’t know how to turn it on and how to test it, these settings can be a bit tricky.
We are going to show you how to change the touch settings on your iPhone and even your iPad.
Why would you want to change the touch sensitivity settings
Sometimes you will find that the touch sensitivity is either too sensitive or not sensitive enough for your liking on your iPhone or iPad.
On other occasions, you may want to change your touch settings for convenience. While the default methods for navigating an iPhone are fairly straightforward, you can make everything more efficient with a few minor tweaks.
Now that you know a few reasons why you might want to change your iPhone’s touch sensitivity settings, we can see how to change three separate areas of your iPhone’s touch settings.
How to change your iPhone’s touch sensitivity settings
One of the most common ways for users to change their iPhone’s touch settings is by changing the sensitivity of their screen. In many cases, they will find that the factory default setting is too firm – or not firm enough – and they will struggle to retain apps or images.
You can change your touch sensitivity settings in the 3D touch and haptic area of your phone. Before continuing, it’s worth knowing what Haptic Touch is; in short, it allows you to perform actions faster.
With that now out of the way, here’s how to access this part of your iPhone.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
2nd step: Scroll to Accessibility and press to open it.
Step 3: Under Physics and Engine, click Touch. This is the first option in this subcategory.
Step 4: Go to 3D & Haptic Touch, which is the third tab in the next window.
Step 5: Here you can change your touch sensitivity and touch duration. Once you’ve customized them, scroll down to “3D Touch Sensitivity and Touch Duration Test”.
Step 6: Test to make sure everything is working the way you want it to. If so, you can close the app.
How to customize touchscreen hosting
If you’re still having trouble using your iPhone’s touchscreen, you might want to consider changing the Touch Hosting section. Here you can change a lot of things like how long you have to hold your screen down before your phone recognizes your finger.
To change the touch slots on your iPhone, follow the steps described in this paragraph.
Step 1: Go back to your iPhone’s Settings app.
2nd step: Go to Accessibility> Touch. Then under 3D & Haptic Touch, go to Touch Accommodations and select that option.
Step 3: Toggle the Touch Accommodations button at the top so it turns green.
Once you’ve enabled Touch Accommodations, customize the rest of the settings in this section. If you turn on wait time, you can choose how many seconds or minutes you want to pass before your iPhone realizes you’re trying to hold down.
You can also try customizing the following:
- Swipe gestures
- Ignore repetition
- Tap Support
How to toggle your iPhone home button settings
Another way to change your iPhone’s touch settings is to change how your home button works. We wrote an article on how to fix your home screen button if it isn’t working, but this one refers to changing things if it does.
To access your home button settings, the process is pretty straightforward. Go back to Settings, then follow these steps.
Step 1: Go to Accessibility.
2nd step: Instead of going to Touch, click the Home button. This is the fourth option in the Physics and Engine subsection.
Step 3: Customize your home button settings as you wish. You can slow down the click speed, choose whether or not pressing your finger on the button unlocks your phone and Siri settings.
Adjust the touch sensitivity of your iPhone
IPhones have evolved dramatically in recent years and now operate much like laptops in our pockets. Since many of us spend a lot of time on our devices, we need to customize them to suit our needs and be comfortable to use.
With the tips we’ve outlined in this article, you’ll be able to tailor your touch settings to your needs, whether it’s because you want to or need to.
Last updated on August 4, 2021
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