Enable / Disable Silent Clicking on MacBook, MacBook Pro, Magic Trackpad 2

Silent clicking

Here's how you can easily enable or disable 'Silent clicking' on 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro or Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch.

Turn off the Fake 'Click' Sound on Force Touch Trackpad by Enabling 'Silent clicking' Feature

Apple brought Force Touch to the Mac with the release of 12-inch Retina MacBook. But of course, it was pretty obvious the feature will make its way onto other devices as well. Here we are in 2016 and we have a handful of devices from Apple that boast the feature, such as 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro as well as Magic Trackpad 2.

The Force Touch trackpad on above mentioned devices is extremely versatile in a lot of ways as users have the power to customize certain aspects of it. For instance, you can adjust the click feedback strength using a nifty slider in macOS. Furthermore, you even have the option to turn off the fake click sound that comes out of the trackpad whenever you press on it. The feature is called 'Silent clicking' and we will show you how you can enable or disable it on the fly.


Note: if you do not have a Force Touch trackpad, then this guide is not applicable for you. This is a pure hardware feature.

1. On your Mac, launch System Preferences. You can access it from the Dock, Launchpad or by clicking on the Apple icon in the menu bar.

2. Now click on the option called Trackpad.

3. Under the Point & Click tab there's an option called Silent clicking. Click to enable it.

Once the option is enabled, you won't here any audible feedback whenever you press on the trackpad. You can reverse the action by disabling the feature, of course. But I would suggest leaving it turned off as it gives the user a satisfying feedback that an action has been invoked on the trackpad. If you want to keep things absolutely silent on your already-silent workspace, then be my guest and keep the option enabled.

Wrap Up

No matter how advanced these Force Touch trackpads get, there's no way they will replace the touch and feel of the real-deal mechanical trackpad. The satisfying tactile feedback just can't be replicated 100% using any sort of motor or other hardware trickery. But one has to accept the fact that mechanical trackpads will eventually be phased out completely for something solid state.

Oh well. We will miss the gold old days.

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