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Enable Or Disable Haptic Feedback On Android

Configure Haptic Feedback on an android phone

All of the new smartphones are coming out equipped with Haptic feedback.  If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, Haptic feedback is when you touch something on your phone and it responds by vibrating the entire device.  On a Samsung Galaxy S the vibration can be overbearing at times, so in this How-to we’ll look at how to disable it, or at least turn the vibration strength down a notch.

Every time I say the term Haptic Feedback I get asked:

Uhm, what the heck is Haptic Feedback?  Can YOU even define that?

So here is the explanation:

Haptic Feedback or “haptics” for short, is the physical action of using a touch screen interface.  The feedback part is typically a physical response based upon the user touching the screen, most often a vibration. This is used to alert the user that the touch screen button was in fact pressed and remove doubt otherwise.

How To Enable, Disable, or Adjust Haptic Feedback On An Android Phone

Step 1

Access the Settings app on your Android phone.

On some phones this can be accessed quickly using an external Menu button.  On all other phones there will be a Settings app in your App Drawer.

Settings on android

Step 2

In the settings menu, Tap Sound & Display.

Sound and display settings android

Step 3

Scroll about halfway down the screen and Tap Haptic feedback.

  • A green checkmark means that Haptic Feedback is enabled.
  • A grayed checkmark means that Haptic Feedback is disabled.

To toggle whether Haptic Feedback is enabled or disabled just Tap it until the desired setting is active.

Enable or Disable Android Haptic Feedback

Step 4 – Optional: Adjust the Haptic Feedback vibration intensity

Below the Haptic Feedback button there should be another called Vibration intensity. Tap Vibration intensity to adjust your Android phone’s vibration strength.

adjust haptic feedback strength and intensity on android

Step 5 – Optional: Select a vibration strength.

A small dialog box will appear.  Use the green slider bar to Select the desired intensity.

Note that even if you slide the bar all the way down there will still be a slight vibration.

haptic feedback vibration intensity

Conclusion

While Haptic Feedback is an innovative and complementary feature to have on a touch screen, I’ve encountered many people with complaints towards it.  In one hand (no pun intended) it is useful because it confirms that button was pressed.  However, the vibration can be noisy which is especially true if the phone is set down on a hard surface.

Personally I think Haptic Feedback is great, however I strongly agree the default setting (100% intensity) is far too high.  After the vibration intensity is set to something lower, say 15%, Haptic Feedback becomes much more bearable.

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4 Responses to Enable Or Disable Haptic Feedback On Android

  1. John April 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    This does not work on the Motorola Devour which is also an Android phone
    No Haptic settings to be found on this screen.

  2. Alexandre February 24, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Doesn’t work. I need to be able to disable vibrations in cases such as when u choose an app to move from the home screen. It is very annoying and thus has not helped. Any other suggestions ?

  3. Xnavigator March 27, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    This is just to let you know that this helped to remind me where the option is… ;-)

  4. Brittany April 18, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    There is no haptic intensity setting under my haptic feedback on/off setting on my Kyocera Rise with Android 4.0.4. The haptic feedback is very minor though so I don’t know if Google removed the intensity setting or not in later version of android.

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