How do I turn off haptic touch?

iOS and iPadOS

I think VoiceOver and haptic touch are conflicting and this causes the pass through gesture to have random effects. How can haptic touch be turned off on my ipad Air3 ios13?



Submitted by Tyler on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Haptic Touch can be turned off by going to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > 3D & Haptic Touch and toggling Haptic Touch off.


Submitted by Moses Gitari on Friday, February 14, 2020

Hi, i have this setting on my device. If you don’t have it on your device, try what tyler suggested.

Submitted by Betsy on Friday, February 14, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

My iPad Air 3 also only offers fast or slow options. Also a touch duration test. However, and I don't know why yet because I just got the iPad yesterday, I am not experiencing any haptic feedback at all.

Submitted by Curtis Chong on Friday, February 14, 2020


Under Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Audio > Sounds and Haptics, you have the ability to turn off the haptic stuff which is controlled by VoiceOver. I am using an iPhone 8, and this was the only way I found to stop the haptic touch feature from working.

Submitted by Geoff37 on Saturday, February 15, 2020

In reply to by Betsy

This is a suggestion from Apple


After additional testing, we believe that we have identified the point of confusion. The pass-through gesture is designed to interact with the item in VoiceOver focus. In the inbox view in Mail, the scroll bar does not appear in VoiceOver’s swipe order, which is why you have been encountering the Haptic Touch menu. However, you can select the scrollbar by touching or dragging your finger to the far right edge of your screen. Once the vertical scroll bar is selected, the double-tap and hold can be consistently used to scroll through the inbox.


I have tried the above without success.

UsingMail as an example, I used to be able to use the one finger double tap and hold (pass through gesture) to do a drag up and down the list of emails by sliding finger up or down. With ios13 this is now hit and miss. Sometimes it works for a while but suddenly stops working correctly. I can return later and it will be working again.
Apps such as YouTube and Spotify have same issues.
I am assuming the haptic touch feature is causing the problem, but there is no off switch in my ipad settings.
Ps the pass through gesture has been working perfectly for last two hours. I have no idea why it will suddenly malfunction for hours.