How to make iPad trackpad taps register as clicks

Tap to Click - iPad trackpad

Do you use a pointer device with your iPad, like a trackpad? If so, it pays to know about an option that makes tapping the trackpad with one finger register as clicking. Follow along with us as we show you how to enable or disable Tap to Click for your connected iPad trackpad in case you’d like to make taps on the trackpad register as either regular taps or physical clicks.

Tap to Click comes to the rescue

If you use a Mac, you’re already familiar with this feature.

The handy option, available in your trackpad settings in macOS System Preferences, makes your Mac register a tap on the trackpad with a single finger as a physical click.

This lets you do things like open apps and access menus without actually clicking.

Tap to Click - Mac trackpad

iOS and iPadOS 13.4 bring this feature to iOS devices.

If you have a trackpad connected to your iPad, this simple on/off toggle becomes available in iOS Settings on your iPad. Be sure to enable the feature as this is one of those gestures that you’re going to be using the most because it’s a basic click.

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And if you’re serious about taking your tablet computing to the next level and becoming more productive, you should really think about investing in a pointer accessory.

Tap to Click - iPad trackpad
You can have taps on your iPad trackpad register as such or, alternatively, as physical clicks

I’ve used a bunch of them and can safely tell you that the best iOS pointer devices the money can buy include the Magic Trackpad (Apple’s standalone Multi-Touch trackpad), its 2020 Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro featuring an integrated click-anywhere trackpad and the company’s touch-enabled Magic Mouse, both the original and second-generation model.

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iPadOS defaults to having this disabled. If you’d like taps on your iPad trackpad to register as physical clicks, be sure to follow along with our step-by-step tutorial included right ahead which explains how to enable this feature for your connected iPad trackpad.

How to enable Tap to Click on iPad trackpad

Follow the steps below to enable Tap to Click for your iPad trackpad.

  • Open Settings on your iOS device with iOS or iPadOS 13.4.
  • Choose General from the root list.
  • Depending on your pointer device, tap Trackpad or Trackpad & Mouse.
  • Slide the switch next to Tap to Click to the ON position to enable the feature.

With it enabled, tapping the trackpad with one finger will be the same as clicking the trackpad.

Tap to Click - iPad trackpad
The trackpad settings are only visible when a trackpad is connected to iPad

Conversely, sliding the switch to the OFF position will make your iPad distinguish between taps and clicks – a tap will be a tap, not a click, and vice versa.

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