Though the iPhone’s virtual keyboard has been named one of the best in the business, it still lacks a fairly major feature: haptic feedback. The little vibration that lets you know a key has been pressed is on nearly every other touchscreen smartphone on the market, but not the iPhone.

Luckily we have the jailbreak community to produce apps and tweaks that makeup for iOS shortcomings. Though there have been haptic feedback utilities in Cydia for quite some time now, they’ve never really impressed me. They always seemed to make iOS slower and less reliable, until now…

Yesterday, a copy of the upcoming jailbreak tweak known as KeyVibrate landed in our laps. The tiny utility works in every iOS application that allow use of the virtual keyboard, and promises to help you “feel” your typing.

There is no home screen icon or settings to toy with. Once installed, KeyVibrate provides a minor vibration on the iOS keyboard every time a key is pressed. It seems to be light weight, and after 12 or so hours of usage I haven’t noticed any influence on stability or battery life – a huge plus.

The tweak has been submitted to the ModMyi repo, and should be available in Cydia soon for $0.99. What’s more impressive than a 3kb file that makes your virtual keyboard vibrate? The fact that the utility was coded by two kids who aren’t even in high school yet.

Are you interested in KeyVibrate? Do you use another haptic feedback utility?

  • themachomidget

    Folks we have submitted an update that should be out within hours.
    Pkease uninstall keyvibrate completely if your having problems, then install the uninstaller.
    Once the uninstaller gets te update we submitted, update it and please reboot.
    Thanks

    • felippe

      so you are saying unistall from cydia debian unistaller first and then install the unistaller??? and that will fix the missing original files???? please let me know this really screwed up my device need fix asap.

  • Blacklanter

    This is bullsh!t why the hedoubleL hasn’t this uninstall been fix. This app is garbage and it makes my nice iPhone keyboard feel like a cheap @ss touchscreen phone.

  • Redrum

    Installed worked fine. Uninstalled lost all lock sounds key clicks and text sounds. Re installed then used uninstaller bit still have vibrations on phone key pad. Also want to remove uninstaller but loose sounds again. Any fix planned?

  • r0cket

    I was having the same issue as all you. My phone wouldnt even vibrate when i received a text.

    What I did to get my phone back to normal was:
    1. Uninstall KeyVibrate from Cydia (Manage > Packages > KeyVibrate > Uninstall)
    2. Full Reboot iPhone
    3.Install the KeyVibrate Uninstall from cydia
    4.After its complete, Reboot iPhone again.

    Let me know if this works.

  • Redrum

    It mostly worked. Got sounds back but still vibrating on number pad when dialing a phone number. Minor yes but just going to restore and re jb hopefully thatll fix everything

  • Blacklantern

    Same for me. Thank you r0cket. some idiots shouldn’t release stuff without proper testing. Kids or not. Now to figure out how to get rid of the phone keypad vibrate, which i’ll admidt is slightly less annoying than the keyboard.

    • Redrum91

      There is a way I was looking for the sight I found it on but can’t find ot at the moment but I will look. It involved copy and paist or ssh or what ever to get things back to normal. Just doing a fresh install seemed easyier though

  • socal

    installed this and worked fine after reboot, only thing that happened was my text tone stopped working =[. How can I fix this, I did all the steps “Rocket” said to try with no luck. When I get an incoming text all it does is vibrate once, and make the same sound it does when it sends a text! wtf?

  • Redrum91

    Fresh install is easyiest to get everything normal again. All is good after I did

    • socal

      your probably right, but I’m going to hold off a bit longer (only because I do not want to install all my packages all over again, its really draining and i need to be in the right mindset haha). I shouldn’t have to restore then jb again all because of one problem, hopefully there is a fix for it, and if there is I am staying FARRRRRR AWAYYYYYY from this tweak.

  • TheMachoMidget

    Guys we are waiting for the xsellize repo to push out our update!
    This update will make it a litle but easier to uninstall although there are still two packages.
    For now, if you have either lost your sounds and vibrations or you want to install, have only the uninstaller package installed on your device and reboot. And leave the uninstaller installed as some people think that once it’s installed, they can just remove it.
    Thanks again and sorry for the trouble

  • Redrum91

    If you leave the uninstaller you will still have vibrations on the phone pad. And yes I understand the not wanting to reinstall. Took me 4 hours but all done. Still easyier then goin through the steps to fix heh. Or just wait for update. Google no key clicks key vibrate cydia and you will come across the fix. But it is pretty legenthy

  • Hey guys who are having issues after uninstallation, install KeyVibrate Fix from my repo at http://repo.icr8zy.net.
    Ensure you have KeyVibrate & KeyVibrate Uninstaller out of your system 1st.

    1. Install my package
    2. Reboot
    3. Uninstall my package
    4. Reboot

    That’s it!

    • socal

      ill try it right now and let you guys know what happenes

      • socal

        so at first if i didnt have keyvibrate unistall installed, then the sounds or vibrations would not work. after using Alwyns method it brought everything back the way its supposed to so thank you! what I had thought caused my text tone to stop working (keyvibrate) seems to be something else, because it still is not working =/ i need to find out what it is.

  • Redrum91

    Damn to late for me but hope ot works for the rest ya guys

  • just a Guy

    hey my text tone stopped working as well after installing keyvibrate i installed the uninstaller and still no text tone yet its plays the sound when checked in sounds setting please help thanks

    • socal

      Same thing with me, looks like NONE of the new updates seems to bring back the original, altered files. However, I did find a way to use my text tone sounds again! =]
      If you have BITESMS just go into its settings and go to RINGTONES and make sure it is ON, and then choose the ringtone you would like to use for incoming texts. It work? Its sad that these kids tweak messed up our phones with no fix in sight, but fortunately there are ways to work around all the foolishness. =/

  • Beth

    Hey guys who are having issues after uninstallation, install KeyVibrate Fix from my repo at http://repo.icr8zy.net.
    Ensure you have KeyVibrate & KeyVibrate Uninstaller out of your system 1st.

    1. Install my package
    2. Reboot
    3. Uninstall my package
    4. Reboot

    That’s it!

    This rocks. Worked like a charm. Thank you

    • Gui

      It Works!!!!!!!!!!!
      Thanks! …. i just haven’t tested the Message Ring… when I test i post a reply….

      Sorry about my English, I’m Brazillian

      • Gui

        text ring does not came back

  • Jordan

    So should I even bother to get Key Vibrate if it just messes up the phone?

    • Gui

      in a single day, excess of vibrations started to bother me… don’t install!!… it not worth…

      sorry about the english… thats not my lenguage…

  • Hey guys who are having issues after uninstallation, install KeyVibrate Fix from my repo at http://repo.icr8zy.net.
    Ensure you have KeyVibrate & KeyVibrate Uninstaller out of your system 1st.

    1. Install my package
    2. Reboot
    3. Uninstall my package
    4. Reboot

    That’s it!

    Everything is back to normal, even message ring. Worked like a charm. Thank you