Apple strives for perfection. That’s why it designed the iPhone, along with iOS as its heart and soul, to be nearly impeccable. But as appealing as the whole “perfection concept” sounds, it’s a Sisyphean task. Nothing’s perfect, not even the iPhone. Users still have to deal with those little annoyances that can casually spoil the whole experience. Of course, one of these bugs will make you jump out of the iPhone wagon, but still…
One of these inconsistencies I personally, and I assume you too, find annoying is when the default keyboard sound unexpectedly becomes louder. This happens all of a sudden and initially seems unprovoked. The louder click is especially frustrating when you have your earphones on, and the unexpected boom blows your ears off.
When doing the research for this article, I noticed that the problem has been around for years. And apparently, it still bugs users to this day. In fact, this is the first problem, or irritant if you would, I noticed when I switched from Android to iOS.
So, what’s it all about? Why does the iPhone keyboard click unpredictably go loud sometimes? Well as it appears, that happens because of the way your iOS works. Namely, when you receive a notification, your phone will turn the volume up by a bar to improve the chances of you hearing the incoming notification.
But if you happen to be typing on your keyboard at the same time you receive the notification, the keyboard click will go louder, as well.
So, is there a solution? Apparently not. As I mentioned, this problem’s been around for years, and Apple still hasn’t done anything about it. Maybe we’ll eventually get a fix in the future, but judging on how much time has passed since this was originally reported, I’m not very optimistic.
Switch to haptics
That’s right, there’s no way to deal with this, so if you want your keyboard to keep clicking, you’ll just have to live with it. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to. I recommend completely turning off the keyboard sound and switching to haptics instead.
Not only that you won’t develop a fear of incoming notifications, but it will also feel nice to your fingers. At least that’s how I like my keyboard.
In case you don’t know how to switch your iPhone keyboard to haptics, just follow these instructions:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Sounds & Haptics.
- Scroll down and toggle the Keyboard Clicks option off.
- Make sure System Haptics is enabled.
That’s about it, the keyboard clicks are now off. From now on, the only thing you’ll feel is a gentle vibration.
What’s not so practical, though, is that there’s no option to enable or disable haptics for the keyboard alone. So, if you don’t want haptics whatsoever, you’ll have to disable them system-wide, and vice versa.
You can also download Gboard and use it as the default keyboard on your iPhone. With it, you’ll lose some functionality but have a better time with keyboard clicks and haptic feedback. You can download Gboard for your iPhone, here.
That concludes this article. I know this is no good news for users who prefer keyboard clicks, but unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about it. If you want to do something about iPhone Keyboard loud click, report the problem to Apple right away. You can do that, here.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in September 2020. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.