How to Adjust Force Touch Trackpad Click Feedback Strength on Mac

Uzair Ghani
Posted Oct 21, 2016
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Here’s how you can adjust your Mac’s Force Touch Trackpad click feedback strength for a better ‘clicking’ experience.

Adjust the Force Touch Trackpad’s Click Feedback Strength to Better Suit Your Need

With the release of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it’s fairly evident Apple is moving towards a ‘solid state’ future. What started from the 12-inch MacBook’s Force Touch Trackpad has been carried forward to the MacBook Pro, then the Magic Trackpad, and now the smartphone lineup. Granted, the new Force Touch Trackpad is great and all but out of the box it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. The default click just feels unreal. It feels way too fake compared to a real deal mechanical click. This happens because the ‘click’ is recreated using the Taptic Engine sitting underneath the actual Trackpad (or Home button, in case of iPhone 7) hardware itself. So no matter how hard you hit on the Trackpad, it will always feel a little unnatural until you get used to it.

But don’t panic, you’ll be pleased to learn you can adjust the click strength of the Force Touch Trackpad to better suit your need. While it may not come close to a mechanical Trackpad, but still, it’ll feel a lot better.

Tutorial

This tutorial applies to Macs that have a Force Touch-enabled Trackpad.

1. On your Mac, open System Preferences.

2. You’ll see a list of options, click on Trackpad.

3. Under the Point & Click tab, you’ll see a slider for Click. Adjust it according to your taste. Personally I recommend going with Firm as it feels more tactile. Your choice can obviously be different though.

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4. Once you have made your choices simply close System Preferences and you are good to go.

This slight change in click feedback strength will help you get used to the new Trackpad much quicker. But of course, it will never ever give you the true sensation of a mechanical alternative. Eventually though, I’m certain you will get used to the change, like I have.

If you found the above guide useful then let us know about it in the comments below. Also, share with us your experience adjusting to the new Force Touch Trackpad from Apple. Do you think the Cupertino company made a good move ditching the mechanical Trackpad for this?

Before you head out, also check out our following guide, if you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with you:

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