How to Enable and Customize Music Haptics in iOS 18 on iPhone

Music Haptics is a fascinating Accessibility feature designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Once activated, it makes your iPhone play rhythmic haptics such as “Taps, Textures, and Refined Vibrations” in line with the music you are listening to. Having used this neat music feature for a few days, I must say that it is well-thought-out and can spice up the music-listening experience. If you are willing to go hands-on with this new add-on, let me help you get started!

Enable and Use Music Haptics on iPhone in iOS 18

At the heart of the Music Haptics feature is the “Taptic Engine” that enables the supported iPhone models to play a variety of haptics in correspondence with the music. Currently, it supports only Apple Music. However, Apple has rolled out the Music Haptics API to allow third-party music apps to work with it. So, you can expect services like Spotify and YouTube Music to offer support sooner rather than later.

  • To begin with, open the Settings app on your iPhone running iOS 18. 
  • After that, select “Accessibility”.
Choose Accessibility in iOS 18
  • Then, scroll down to the Hearing section and choose “Music Haptics”. 
  • After that, make sure that the toggle next to “Music Haptics” is turned on. 
  • If you wish to figure out how it works, tap on the “Play Sample” button.
  • Under the “Available Apps” section, you should see the list of apps that support Music Haptics. As of now, it works only with Apple Music.
Enable and customize music haptics in iOS 18 on iPhone

From now on, your iPhone will play music haptics in sync with the songs currently playing on your device. Hence, you can feel the rhythm of your music. If a song is compatible, you will see a “Music Haptics” label on it. The good thing is it’s already backed by millions of songs on Apple Music – right off the bat.

Using Music haptics feature in iOS 18 on iPhone

Note:

  • Bear in mind that Music Haptics requires an Apple Music subscription.
  • If the Music Haptics doesn’t show up in the Accessibility setting, force quit the Apple Music app and relaunch it. After that, relaunch the Settings app to check if it has appeared.

Enable/Disable Music Haptics from Your iPhone Lock Screen

If “Music Haptics” has managed to impress you, why not add its action button to the Lock Screen so that you can take control of it with utmost ease – without needing to dig into the Accessibility setting time and time again?

  • On your iPhone, press the side button to access the Lock Screen.
  • Now, long-press on the screen to bring up the wallpaper gallery and hit the Customize button at the bottom.
  • After that, choose Lock Screen.
Choose Lock Screen for customization
  • Then, tap on the “-” minus button at the top of the action button (like the camera or flashlight) that you want to remove.
  • Then, tap on the “+” button.
Tap on the plus button for Quick Action button in ios 18
  • Next, head over to the Hearing section, and choose the Music Haptics icon.
  • To ensure the change comes into effect right away, make sure to tap on the Done button at the top right.
Turn on Music haptics from your iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 18

Signing off…

There you go! I hope you can now get the most out of Music Haptics on your iOS device. Give it a go and make sure to share your thoughts about it.

Read more: How to Remove Camera from iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 18 (Video)

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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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