How to Turn Off 3D Touch (And Why You Might Want To)

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I still think 3D Touch was a pretty cool idea, so much so that I’ve written about it a good bit. That said, I work with a lot of different people who have all levels of technical knowledge and physical abilities. After informally polling them, I created a chart to show you how my clients use 3D Touch:

Pie Chart Showing 3D Touch Usage

OK, I didn’t actually poll anyone. But that chart isn’t really an exaggeration, I swear.

So if you—or someone you know—doesn’t want to worry about different levels of press on his device, here’s how you can turn 3D Touch off. This can be a big help, especially for people who struggle with dexterity! Start by opening the Settings app, and then touch “General.” Underneath that section is “Accessibility,” so tap that.

General Settings on iPhone showing Accessibility

In the next section, find “3D Touch”…

Accessibility Settings on iPhone for 3D Touch

…and you can toggle it off within there.

3D Touch Settings on iPhone

And you’re done! Maybe you wanted this off for yourself, but as I noted, doing this is great for folks who may not be able to control the pressure of their hands very well.

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That isn’t as much a problem for me as is parallax when typing.