Why Doesn't My iPad Keyboard Make a Clicking Sound?

Speed up your typing with keyboard click feedback

iPad sound settings
Daniel Nations

Is your iPad's keyboard silent? By default, the iPad's on-screen keyboard makes a clicking sound every time you tap a key. This sound isn't just to make it seem like you are typing on a real keyboard. If you are trying to type quickly, audio feedback lets you know that you actually tapped the key. If your iPad keyboard is silent, here's what you can do to fix it.

How to Change iPad's Sounds Settings

If you have searched through your iPad's keyboard settings looking for a way to turn this sound back on, you've been looking in the wrong place. Apple decided to put this particular setting in the Sounds category, even though it might make more sense for it to be in the keyboard settings. 

  1. Go into your iPad's settings by launching the Settings app. (Look for the gear icon.)

    iPad Home screen showing the Settings app
  2. Tap Sounds in menu at the left side of the screen.

    The left panel of General settings holds the tab for Sounds.
  3. Next to Keyboard Clicks, located near the bottom of the list of Sounds, move the slider to the On/green position.

    A list of sound options, including the Keyboard Clicks slider

What Else Can You Do From This Screen?

While you are in the Sounds settings, you might want to take the time to customize your iPad. The most common sounds tend to be the New Mail and Mail Sent sounds. These play when you send or receive mail through the official Mail app.

You can also change the alert sounds for Calendar Alerts, Reminder Alerts and AirDrop.

Where Are the Keyboard Settings?

If you want to tweak your keyboard:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPad.

    iPad Home screen showing the Settings app
  2. Choose General in the left panel.

    The General Settings screen in iPad Settings
  3. Scroll down and tap Keyboard. It is just under the Date & Time settings.

    Settings left panel showing the General tab
  4. Move the sliders next to the keyboard features you want to activate to the On/green position. They include:

  • Auto-Correction
  • Check Spelling
  • Smart Punctuation
  • Auto-Capitalization
  • Split Keyboard
  • Predictive

This is also the place to turn on Dictation, if you plan to dictate to the keyboard, and to select alternate keyboard layouts.

List of Keyboards options in iPad Settings

You can make a lot of changes here. One great trick is to set up text replacement shortcuts. For example, you can set up "gtk" to spell out "good to know" and any other shortcut you want to put into the settings. Taking a moment to read more about the keyboard settings might just save you a lot of time.