How to fine-tune 3D Touch sensitivity in iOS 9

3D Touch is Apple's new way of interacting with iOS devices, starting with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Learn how to adjust the touch sensitivity to your preferences.

Image: CNET

3D Touch additions on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus let you experience a new level of interaction with your iOS 9 devices. You may wish to adjust the responsiveness of 3D Touch depending on how hard you typically press your device's screen; this will make the features more of a joy to use.

Adjusting the sensitivity of 3D Touch

To start adjusting the 3D Touch settings on your compatible iPhone 6s/6s Plus device, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Navigate to General | Accessibility | 3D Touch (Figure A).
  3. Use the slider to adjust the sensitivity of the 3D Touch sensor between Light, Medium, and Firm. This setting relates to how firm you need to press on the screen to make the 3D Touch features work. By default, this sensitivity setting is Medium.

Figure A

The accessibility settings for iOS include the ability to adjust the settings related to 3D Touch.
Image: Cory Bohon/TechRepublic

Turning 3D Touch on and off

If 3D Touch isn't really your thing, you can easily turn this feature on or off by performing these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Navigate to General | Accessibility | 3D Touch.
  3. Turn the toggle labeled 3D Touch to the OFF position.

When you turn off this toggle, the 3D Touch features will be disabled system-wide.

Testing the new 3D Touch settings

While in the 3D Touch accessibility settings, you can try out the new sensitivity setting in the 3D Touch Sensitivity Test area. To do this, simply Force Touch the photo and you will see a peek (Figure B), continue pressing, and the flower will pop into view, allowing you to easily test the new sensitivity settings that you've applied system-wide.

Figure B

This is what you'll see when testing the sensitivity.
Image: Cory Bohon/TechRepublic

Also see