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Got a New iPhone? How to Calibrate 3D Touch in One Step

Ben Stegner 06-11-2015

If you’ve got a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you’ve probably been using the new 3D Touch feature that lets you use different amounts of force to perform different actions.


We reckoned that 3D Touch might even convince Android users to switch Why 3D Touch Might Make You Switch to an iPhone Android fans: we can no longer claim we have the best smartphone. Read More , that’s how awesome it is. But for some of you, you might’ve noticed that 3D Touch’s sensitivity is a bit off. That’s a sign that it needs a slight tweak. Here’s how to do that.

Open the Settings app. First, head to General > Accessibility, then scroll down until you see the 3D Touch option. This menu allows you shut 3D Touch off entirely or just change its sensitivity.

By default, you’ll be set to Medium, but you can change it to Light (less pressure required for activation) or Firm (more pressure needed) to fit your personal preference.

The default is fine for most people, but if you have trouble applying pressure to your screen or feel like you’re pressing too hard on your phone, try Light. If you keep activating 3D Touch when you don’t want to, see if Firm helps.

Once you’ve made your choice, you can test how the sensitivity feels on the sample image at the bottom.


Now that you’ve got 3D Touch set up how you like it, you can enjoy the Live Photos and app shortcuts your new phone brings. Haven’t bought your new iPhone yet? Be sure to avoid 16 GB model Live Photos & 4K: Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 16GB iPhone 6s If you want to take advantage of the new iPhone 6s camera, you'll probably want to avoid picking the 16GB storage option. Read More  when you do.

Which sensitivity do you prefer for 3D Touch? Let us know how you use this feature by commenting!

Image Credit: tristan tan via Shutterstock.com

Related topics: 3D Touch, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus.

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