How to disable the fake clicking sound for Force Touch trackpads

By , Oct 5, 2016

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Every Mac equipped with a Force Touch trackpad produces an audible ‘click’ sound in order to simulate the sound you would hear on a Mac without a Force Touch trackpad. It has no down travel and all you’re hearing is an audible sound when you click it.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how to disable that fake clicking sound.

Overall, most people probably don’t mind the fake clicking sound, as it gives the Mac that same surreal and realistic sound effect a normal trackpad would have. On the other hand, some might wish to disable the simulated clicking sound since it’s not an actual click.

To disable the simulated clicking on your Force Touch trackpad, follow these steps:

1) Launch the System Preferences app on your Mac and open the Trackpad preferences pane.

Mac Trackpad preferences pane

2) Next, you will make sure you’re in the Point & Click tab, then put a check mark in the box labeled Silent Clicking:

Mac OS X Silent Clicking Tutorial

Now that you have the Silent Clicking option enabled, your Mac’s trackpad will now click much more silently than it did with the option turned off.

This setting effectively reduces the volume of the audible simulated “clicking” tone you hear when pressing on your Force Touch trackpad and makes it so you more or less just feel the haptic feedback.

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  • armyk

    I never use click. Just tap it that is it. Silent on all Macs and works 100%

    • lysingur

      Great minds think alike. 😉

  • NanamiAsuri

    First line;
    “How to disable the fake clicking sound for Force Touch trackpads”
    Last line;
    “your Mac’s trackpad will now click much more silently than it did”

    That’s not what ‘disable’ means lol

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    • It disables the loud fake clicking sound so you only feel the haptic feedback, which is still audible due to the noise moving parts make. That is the point of the option in the System Preferences app. It’s not perfect, but that’s what it does nevertheless.