How-to Change Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7 Home Button

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with a buttonless Home Button. It features haptic feedback courtesy of Apple’s Taptic Engine. When you set up a new iPhone 7/Plus, you’re asked to choose between three levels of haptic feedback. You can change this whenever you want. Here’s how to do it:

But First

I wrote about iPhone 7’s Home Button based on my hands-on time with the device at Apple’s September 7th media event. I wasn’t a fan of it then, stressing that it was based on limited time with iPhone 7 in a crowded and noisy room.

When I setup my own iPhone 7 on Friday, September 16th, I had a completely different experience. Right out of the box, I loved the way the new Home Button feels. Your mileage may vary, but I’m a fan. I can’t explain the difference, either, but I can say it wasn’t an issue of “getting used to it.” My opinion was different right out of the box.

Easy as 1, 2, 3

As noted above, there are three levels of haptic feedback, labeled 1, 2, and 3. Level 1 is light feedback and level 3 is the maximum level of haptic feedback you can get. Personally, I like the 3 setting. I’ve tried all three levels and kept coming back to level 3.

If you want to change your level of feedback, go to Settings > General and look for Home Button, as shown below.

screenshot of iOS 10 iphone 7 home button settings

Look for Home Button in Settings > General

Tap Settings > General > Home Button, and you’ll be presented with the same interface you get during the setup process, as shown below.

iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

Just as was the case during setup, you can bounce through all three settings and try them by pressing the Home Button itself. Once you’re satisfied, tap Done.

I’d love to hear from readers what you think of the new Home Button.

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Elena Macias Freedman

Can’t tell the difference between 1, 2 and 3.

Jessica Baker Lundgren

Uh… call me old fashioned or out of touch, but what the hell does haptic feedback even mean? Does most haptic mean it requires more pressure? Does least haptic mean least responsive? This is not an intuitive system. I got the 7 the day it was released and unfortunately I am still unimpressed with the “buttonless home button”…. only an apple product could coin these phrases. And I still can’t tell the different between the 1, 2 and 3 settings.

Mark Boyle

It’s sad that you can’t completely turn off the click noise


Note: In the Settings app, you have to know where you are going. if you open Settings, and search for “Home”, “button”, “haptic”, or “click”, you will not find this setting.