Make Your iPhone Screen Work Like New With This Easy Fix

If you're sick of dealing with a slow screen, this trick could be a lifesaver.

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Using haptic touch on an iPhone

Speed up your phone's haptic feedback with this hidden setting. 

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If you've ever held your finger down on your iPhone screen and felt a quick vibration, that's haptic feedback. 

Apple calls its iteration of the tech Haptic Touch. You can perform plenty of actions with a long press on your display. That includes quick actions, like menus that let you delete, share or view more. It's also the key to transforming live photos into videos and deleting individual apps.

I use it all the time to quickly change the intensity of my phone's flashlight and use my keyboard as a touch pad.

Haptic Touch in action on the iPhone

You can use Haptic Touch to quickly view an action menu for the Outlook app (left), or adjust your iPhone's flashlight brightness.

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It's a useful feature to quickly and efficiently navigate iOS, akin to keyboard shortcuts on your computer, but if you feel like Haptic Touch is a little too slow for you, you're not the only one.

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There are people out there, including me, who feel that Haptic Touch is too slow to react. Apple's previous haptic technology for the iPhone was 3D Touch, and it worked by pressure sensitivity, not length of time, and so it was punchier than Haptic Touch. 

Apple replaced 3D Touch with Haptic Touch in 2018 with the release of the iPhone XR.

Now, we're stuck with Haptic Touch, for better or worse, but there is an easier way to make Haptic Touch faster, so that it more closely resembles 3D Touch. Here's where you can find the setting to make the change. 

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How to make Haptic Touch faster on your iPhone

In the Settings application, go to Accessibility > Touch > Haptic Touch. You have three touch duration options to choose from:

  • Fast
  • Default
  • Slow

Note: This feature is only available on iOS 17.

Underneath the various touch duration options, you can test out the speed. All you need to do is tap your preferred settings and then long-press on the image of the orange flower with the blue sky background.

Haptic Touch settings on iOS 17

Use the image of the flower to test out the various Haptic Touch duration options.

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Once you're set on a choice, simply exit the Settings app.

Obviously I chose the fastest option, because I want the haptic feedback to feel almost instantaneous, but I suggest you try out all three settings to figure out which is the best for you. You might even prefer a slower reaction to Haptic Touch, so test out all three before making a decision.

While you're here, check out all the new features on iOS 17.4.