iPhone keyboard click suddenly becomes loud? Here’s what to do

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. 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 and 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? 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 by 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 on 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:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.iphone keyboard loud click
  3. Scroll down and toggle the Keyboard Clicks option off.
  4. 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.

How do you prefer to use your keyboard? Is it with clicks? Or haptics? Or completely silent? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in September 2020. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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November 11, 2020 6:34 am

Cool story bro except my typing sound periodically rises and falls its very odd, even when I am not receiving notifications if I spam one key or a bunch of random ones every few second there will be one extremely loud text sound and then it goes quiet again for a few seconds. F*** Apple

Last edited 2 years ago by Ivan Jenic
November 23, 2020 6:20 am
Reply to  Josh

I get that to and I have no clue how to fix it, but for me it only happens in certain apps.

December 2, 2021 1:28 am

Mine gets louder when I type fast, nothing to do with notifications.

Michael Mouse
Michael Mouse
June 17, 2021 10:24 am

Not true, so why bother posting this?

January 7, 2021 2:01 pm

If you do as above and

  1. Turn off ‘Keyboard Clicks’ and turn on ‘System Haptics’
  2. Get a message from other phone
  3. Turn on ‘Keyboard Clicks’ and turn off ‘System Haptics’
  4. Keyboard Clicks has now been set to default that is not so loud.
July 22, 2022 4:16 pm

Turning keyboard sounds off and Resetting my phone works sometimes

December 20, 2021 2:03 pm

1. Settings
2. Sounds & Haptics
3. Headphone Safety
4. Disable Reduce Loud Sounds

December 5, 2021 6:44 pm

This doesn’t work. The stock iOS keyboard doesn’t have haptics for typing, so the only way to get this is to download a third party like Gboard.

September 29, 2021 12:10 am

good idea but if I turn off keyboard and have haptics on, I do not get haptics when typing an email etc.