How to Disable (or Enable) 3D Touch on iPhone

Feb 25, 2016 - 4 Comments

3D Touch on iPhone

New iPhone models include an interesting feature called 3D Touch, which allows you to press the screen at varying degrees of pressure to get various app shortcuts, as well as various ‘pop’ and ‘peak’ features. While 3D Touch is a useful feature for many and one of the primary selling points of the iPhone, some users may find it to be distracting or annoying, and thus you may wish to disable 3D touch on the iPhone screen.

Like all other iOS settings, if 3D touch is disabled and you wish to reverse course, you can easily re-enable 3D Touch as well. Before turning off 3D touch, you may wish to adjust the pressure sensitivity first instead, for many users that is a sufficient change on iPhone.

Disabling 3D Touch on iPhone & Plus

If you wish to turn off 3D Touch on the iPhone, here’s how you can do that;

  1. Open the Settings app in iOS and go to “General” followed by “Accessibility”
  2. Scroll down and tap on “3D Touch”
  3. Find 3D Touch to turn it off

  4. Toggle the topmost switch next to “3D Touch” to the OFF position
  5. Disabling 3D Touch on iPhone

Once disabled, 3D Touch and all related features will no longer work on the iPhone, no matter how hard or soft you press on the display. No more peeping, no more peaking, no more popping, no more previews, nothing that uses 3D Touch is going to display while this feature is off.

Enabling 3D Touch on iPhone & Plus

If you discover 3D Touch is not working on the iPhone, it’s likely because it has been turned off. Here’s how turn it back on again:

  • Open the Settings app on the iPhone and go back to “General” followed by “Accessibility”
  • Scroll down and tap on “3D Touch”, then toggle the switch to the ON position
  • Enable 3D Touch on iPhone

    Now with 3D Touch back on, the 3D Touch features are again working as intended, ready to peak and pop on links, Home Screen icons, and more.

    iPhone with 3d Touch enabled, peaking at an email

    By the way, if you try to search for 3D Touch in iOS Settings search, for some reason it won’t show up at all – that’s likely a bug that will be fixed in the future.

    Mac users with the new Magic Trackpad and new model MacBook Pro also have 3D Touch, as does the Apple Watch, though it was once labeled as Force Touch when it debuted on those devices. By the way if you don’t like the feature on iPhone, you may also wish to disable Force Clicking 3D Touch on the Mac trackpads as well.

    Remember, 3D Touch requires an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, or newer model. Earlier devices do not support the feature.


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    Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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    1. edawg says:

      Yea, I have an iPhone 6S. I tried 3D Touch for a while but turned it off as it was very gimmicky. It took me the same time to access features by touching the screen harder as it did for me to open the apps and use the features they were taking about. The sad part is that, to include 3D Touch, Apple had to reduce the physical battery size. So now I have a smaller battery for a feature I don’t use anyway. My suggestion is making future phones that have and don’t have this feature, replacing the extra space required for a bigger battery. I would have taken that 10 fold over 3D touch.

    2. Wharf Xanadu says:

      I don’t like 3D Touch or force click I find it frustrating or annoying

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