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3D Touch not working on your iPhone? How to configure 3D Touch in iOS

If you’re struggling to use 3D Touch on your iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, try this quick and simple tip to change the Retina screen’s sensitivity levels.

We’ve heard from lots of readers who claim that 3D Touch isn’t working well on their shiny new iPhone. If you’re struggling to get any response when you push and poke the screen hard, chances are the 3D Touch sensitivity levels needs adjusting. Thankfully this is a very simple process, involving a quick change to the 3D Touch settings in iOS’ settings menu.

Read next: Everything you need to know about 3D Touch – how it works, best uses and more

How to change 3D Touch sensitivity on your iPhone

  • Open up your iPhone’s settings by tapping the desktop icon and then tap on the General settings option.
  • Scroll to Accessibility and give this a tap.
  • Part way down the Accessibility settings menu, you should see 3D Touch listed. If you want to disable or enable 3D Touch, you can tap the slider button. If you see green, that means 3D Touch is switched on.

How to change 3D touch sensitivity on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus - screenshots

  • To adjust your iPhone screen’s sensitivity, tap 3D Touch and a sensitivity bar will pop up. You can choose between light, medium and firm, so if you’re finding that 3D Touch simply isn’t working for you or takes too hard a prod, try changing to light.
  • Beneath the sensitivity bar, there’s a photo that you can use to test the new settings. Give it a long press and you should see the photo pop up to fill the screen, if done correctly. If this doesn’t happen, you need to tweak the sensitivity settings some more.

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