There are a lot of things I love about Android, obviously, but there are a few things now-and-again that make me kinda batty. One of these things, and it is a simple thing, is the vibration that you get when you type on your keyboard when using your phone. Don’t ask me why it bothers me so much, but it does. It is one of the first things I turn off when I setup a new phone or have refreshed one anew. It struck me however that finding this setting is a bit difficult if you are new to Android or just simply haven’t dug into a least commonly accessed area in Settings, Language & input. In this How To I’ll show you where this setting is and how you can disable it if you too don’t like the haptic feedback when you type on your Android phone.
A couple of ground rules on this How To. First, the steps I’m outlining assuming that you are using Android Lollipop or later on Android phone. Second, I’m assuming that you are using Google Keyboard as your keyboard. If not, you may still be able to adjust this but will need to look for the settings in your keyboard of choice. Or you can just download the Google Keyboard and use it. 🙂 Finally, not every tablet has a vibrator motor in it so this may not be applicable to every tablet out there (in fact, for most it won’t). This will cover the majority of phones however.
Right, that said, on your phone, go into Settings and navigate down to Language & input. Chances are you have never gone into this part of Settings because, frankly, once you have your language selected and keyboard selected, there is never really a need to go into this area. Regardless, tap on it and locate Google Keyboard under the Keyboard & input methods area. Again, if you aren’t using Google Keyboard, it will say something different here. Once you find Google Keyboard, tap it to open up the options.
What we are looking for is Preferences. It should be the 2nd item down and then tap on it. Now you should see a series of toggles that you can turn on and off for the keyboard. The one you are wanting to find is “Vibrate on keypress”. Turn it off and you will no longer get haptic feedback when you type on the keyboard. Obviously if you want to turn it back on, just go back and turn it back on.
Here are the instructions path again:
Settings>Language & Input>Google Keyboard>Preferences>Vibrate on Keypress
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