How to Change Your iPhone Screen’s Response to Taps

 How to Change Your Screen’s Response to Taps

In Settings you can adjust quite a few of the ways your iPhone or iPad screen responds to taps. There is the option to Hold Duration, Ignore Repeat taps, and Enable Tap Assistance. We’ll go through the options and how to change them below.

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  • First, open Settings and then tap General.


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  • Select Accessibility and tap Touch Accommodations.

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  • Here you have many options. Turn on Touch Accommodations first to adjust the settings.
  • There’s the option to turn on Hold Duration and set the number of seconds before the touch is recognized.
  • You can also turn on Ignore Repeat to determine the number of seconds in which multiple touches are recognized as one.
  • You can also set up Tap Assistance to allow any single finger gesture to perform a tap.

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