How do I mute my touch Sound?

Touch sounds, also known as haptic feedback, are audio cues that play when you interact with elements on the touchscreen of your smartphone. They provide confirmation that your touch registered and the intended action was carried out. Common examples include a click when tapping buttons or icons, a swoosh when scrolling, or a keyboard click when typing.

Some people find touch sounds helpful for reinforcing interactions. However, others may wish to mute them in certain situations, like when in a quiet environment, to avoid annoying those around them, or simply based on personal preference. This guide will walk through how to temporarily or permanently mute touch sounds on your smartphone.

Locating the Touch Sound Settings

On iOS devices, the touch sounds are located in the Settings app under Sounds & Haptics > System Haptics. To get there:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on “Sounds & Haptics.”
  3. Under the “System Haptics” section, toggle the switches for “Keyboard Clicks” and “Touch Sounds” to your preferred settings.

Enabling these switches will turn on keyboard and touch sounds, while disabling them mutes these sounds. You can also adjust the haptic intensity on this screen.

For more information, see Apple’s support article “Change iPhone keyboard sounds or haptics” (

Temporarily Muting

The easiest way to quickly mute sounds or alarms on your iPhone is to use the mute switch or enable Do Not Disturb mode. The mute switch is located on the side of the iPhone and when flipped, will mute all sounds and notifications. According to Apple Support, turning on Do Not Disturb mode “silences calls, alerts and notifications” so you won’t be disturbed. You can enable Do Not Disturb by swiping to access the Control Center and tapping the moon icon. Both the mute switch and Do Not Disturb are temporary solutions that allows you to quickly mute sounds as needed, such as for a meeting or at night.

Permanently Muting

You can permanently mute most touch sounds on your device through the Settings app. This will turn off sounds for keyboard clicks, lock sounds, charging sounds, screenshot sounds, and more.

To permanently mute touch sounds:

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap on Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Under the System Haptics and Sounds section, toggle the switches for Keyboard Clicks, Lock Sounds and Camera Sounds to the off position.
  4. Scroll down and toggle off any other sound options you want to mute such as Screenshot Sounds and Charging Sounds.

Once you’ve toggled off the sounds you don’t want to hear, they will be permanently muted. You can always return to the Sounds & Haptics settings to turn them back on if desired.

Permanently muting touch sounds can help eliminate distractions and annoyances from your device’s audio feedback. Just be aware that it may also cause you to miss important alerts or notifications if you are relying on sound cues.


Although muting your iPhone’s touch sounds will silence most audio feedback, there are some exceptions where sounds may still play. For example, keyboard clicks and the camera shutter sound will still be audible even when the mute switch is enabled or touch sounds are turned off in Settings.

This is likely an intentional design decision by Apple, as it allows users to receive audio feedback for interactions like typing or taking photos while otherwise keeping the device muted. The keyboard clicks in particular can be helpful for accessibility, allowing visually impaired users to hear when they have pressed a key.

While keyboard and camera sounds cannot be muted, some users have reported that plugging in headphones silences the keyboard clicks. Using vibrate mode rather than mute can also mute the keyboard while still allowing the vibrating feedback.

So in summary: enabling mute will silence most sounds on an iPhone, but keyboard clicks and the shutter sound for the camera will stay on. There is no setting to fully disable these exception sounds.

Accessibility Concerns

Muting touch sounds can create issues for visually impaired users who rely on audio feedback to navigate their phone. Many blind and low vision users have touch sounds enabled to provide audible confirmation when they interact with the screen.

According to AppleVis, “To customize all things related to VoiceOver haptic feedback, go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Audio > VoiceOver Sounds & Haptics.” (Source) Turning off touch sounds entirely would remove helpful audio cues for these users.

If you need to mute touch sounds, it’s recommended to explore customization options that reduce volume or change the touch sound rather than disabling it altogether. You can also use headphone mode to play audio privately without removing feedback. Consider the accessibility needs of others before permanently eliminating touch sounds.


If you are unable to mute sounds on your iPhone, here are some troubleshooting steps to try:

– Check that the Silent/Ring switch on the side of the iPhone is not set to “Silent” mode. Slide it to the middle position. This switch mutes most sounds when set to silent (Source:

– Go to Settings > Sounds and make sure that “Change with Buttons” is enabled under “Ringers and Alerts.” This will allow the volume buttons to control muting (Source:

– Check if Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, which mutes sounds. Turn this off in Settings if not needed (Source:

– For an iPhone that gets stuck at the lowest volume but won’t fully mute, try doing a force restart by holding the Power and Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears.

– As a last resort, back up your iPhone and restore it to factory settings, which should reset any sound issues.

Additional Customization

You can further customize the touch sounds and haptics on your iPhone beyond just muting them. In the Sounds & Haptics settings, there are options to adjust the vibration intensity, touch duration, and volume of the touch sounds.

To adjust the vibration intensity, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Vibration. You can choose between Light, Medium, and Heavy vibration. Pick the intensity that feels best for you.

To change the touch duration, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > 3D & Haptic Touch. Choose between Fast and Slow touch duration. Fast will give you a quick tap in response to presses, while Slow makes the taps more drawn out.

Finally, you can adjust the volume of the touch sounds by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics. Drag the “Tap” slider to your preferred volume level. You can make the touch sounds louder or quieter as needed.

Customizing these additional touch settings allows you to really fine tune the haptic experience on your iPhone to your personal preferences. Whether you like strong vibration, quiet taps, or a longer touch response, you can tweak it in Settings.

Alternative Options

If you want to customize your touch sounds but find the built-in options limiting, there are some alternative options to consider:

Using ringtones – You can set any audio file as your touch tone by adding it as a custom ringtone, then selecting it in your sound settings. This lets you use audio clips, custom recordings, or download ringtones from sites like iPhone Sounds for Android.

3rd party apps – Apps like NOISE provide advanced customization for your device’s sounds and haptics. You can use sound packs, mix and match tones, and customize vibration patterns.

For even more options, explore soundboard and audio editing apps to create your own touch tones. Just be sure to export them as ringtones to use system-wide.


In summary, there are a few ways to mute the touch sounds on your device. The easiest method is to go into the Sound settings and toggle off the “Touch sounds” option to disable them entirely. For more granular control, you can lower the sound levels for each interaction type individually.

It’s important to customize your device to best suit your needs and preferences. Muting touch sounds can help eliminate distractions, especially in quiet environments. Just be mindful of accessibility, as some users rely on audible feedback for screen interactions. With the right settings, you can maintain intuitive touch feedback while minimizing disruptions.

Adjusting your sound settings is quick and easy. Take a moment to explore the options and find your optimal mix of alerts and muting. A personalized device can greatly improve your user experience.

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