iOS 18 Music Haptics Not Working on iPhone? Fix It!

For folks who are deaf or hard of hearing, there is a well-thought-out Accessibility feature called “Music Haptics” in iOS 18. When it comes into action, iPhone dances along with the music, playing a variety of haptics such as taps and textures in sync with the currently playing music. Having given this new add-on a good run on my iPhone, I must say that it does work as expected. Sadly, that’s not the case for a handful of users who have reported that the iOS 18 Music Haptics is not working on their iPhone. If it’s malfunctioning for you as well, now is the right to fix it so that your music time no longer suffers.

Fix iOS 18 Music Haptics Not Working on iPhone

So, what’s ailing Music Haptics on your iOS device? Though a software bug might be a frontrunner, things like app and song compatibility could be the main factors. Therefore, you should first focus on ticking off the basics before going on to resolve a bug or a miscellaneous software glitch.

Right Way to Enable and Use Music Haptics on Your iPhone

It’s worth pointing out that you have to manually activate the Music Haptics feature on your iPhone. So, ensure that it’s enabled on your device.

  • On your iPhone, go to the Settings app -> Accessibility -> Music Haptics and turn it on.
Enable Music Haptics in iOS 18

Ensure That You Have an Apple Music Subscription

Bear in mind that the “Music Haptics” requires an Apple Music subscription. If you are not using the premium version of Apple Music, the Music Haptics may not work for you.

Currently, Music Haptics Supports Only Apple Music

Note that currently, Music Haptics works with Apple Music only. Though Apple has launched the Music Haptics API for developers, it’s going to take a while before third-party music apps will be compatible with this new Accessibility feature.

Does Your Song Support Music Haptics

Note that not all songs support Music Haptics. Since it’s still a work in progress, be sure to check the song’s compatibility. If a song supports this feature, you should see a “Music Haptics” label.

Using Music haptics feature in iOS 18 on iPhone

Force Restart Your iPhone

For years, “Force Restart” aka hard reset has been my savior in fixing many annoying iOS issues. Therefore, I would suggest you give it a go on your iPhone. If the Music Haptics is being hampered by a random glitch, there is a decent chance that the hard reset will fix it.

Force restart iPhone

Factory Reset Your iPhone

Another reliable solution that you should try to bring Music Haptics back on track is the “Factory Reset”. For those unfamiliar, it will clean up all the custom settings on your iPhone but none of your media and data will be deleted.

  • Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset All Settings.
  • After that, go back to the Accessibility setting and set up Music Haptics.
Reset All Settings

Update Software

If Music Haptics continues to malfunction on your iPhone, a software bug could be causing the problem.

  • Dive into the Settings app on your iPhone -> General -> Software Update -> Download and install the update.
Update Software in iOS 18

Has Music Haptics come back in action? Most probably, the software update will be able to get the job done. Make sure to share your feedback and the tips that have helped you rescue this music feature.

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Rajesh Mishra

Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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