The system keyboard on the iPhone and iPad is great for typing, but by default the iOS keyboard makes a clicking noise every time you press a key. If you find iOS's keyboard clicks annoying you may want to switch them off. Help is at hand: here is our guide to turning off the iPhone and iPad's keyboard noises.

There are a few different techniques to getting rid of the keyboard clicks in iOS 8. Here are the three ways to mute your iOS keyboard:

How to turn off keyboard clicks on an iPhone using the mute slider

Turn off keyboard clicks on iOS with mute slider

The easiest way to quickly turn off keyboard clicks in iOS 8 is to use the Mute slider. This is the rocker switch located on the left-hand side of the iPhone, just above the volume control. When it's pulled forward, your iPhone makes noises; when it's pushed back the iPhone is silent.

Using the iPhone's Mute switch is the fastest and easiest method; unfortunately it's not a perfect solution. The Mute switch gets rid of all sound from your iPhone, including any music you might have playing, game audio and ringtone alerts. So if you do this you will have to switch the Mute slider back to on when you've finished with the keyboard.

This technique also works with some iPads... sort of. Most iPads do have a mute switch, like the iPhone (it's on the righthand side, above the volume buttons), but this switch actually does double duties: the user sets it to either mute and unmute the volume, or lock and unlock the orientation of the screen (ie it lets you stop the screen from rotating when you turn the device). If your hardware switch is set to lock/unlock the screen orientation, you'll have to go into the Settings app. Tap General, then under 'USE SIDE SWITCH TO:', tick mute.

And this all applies to older iPads. The Mute/Lock Orientation switch doesn't even exist on the newest full-size iPad, the iPad Air 2.

How to turn off keyboard clicks on an iPhone and iPad using the volume controls

Turn off keyboard clicks in iOS with volume slider

By default, the keyboard click noise is linked to the rest of the iOS device's volume settings. So you can turn off the keyboard click noise on an iPhone or iPad by simply turning down the volume.

Tap and hold the Volume Down setting. Or slide up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Centre, and use the volume slider. Slide it to the bottom to set the volume to silent.

While this technique works on the iPad as well as the iPhone, it also reduces and mutes the other audio on your device. So you won't be able to listen to music or app audio.

How to turn off keyboard clicks on an iPhone and iPad using Settings

Turn off keyboard clicks in iOS with Settings

The best way to turn off keyboard clicks on an iPhone or iPad is to use the Sound options in Settings. Here is how to turn off keyboard clicks in Settings:

  1. Tap on Settings > Sounds
  2. Scroll down to reveal Keyboard clicks.
  3. Set Keyboard Clicks to Off.

By using the options in the Sounds area of Settings you can mute the keyboard clicks on the iOS device, but still hear other audio such as music and app sounds.