How to Change Touch Sensitivity on Android

Does your Android phone seem unresponsive to your taps and swipes? Maybe you recently applied a screen protector and now it feels less sensitive. Whether you wish to increase responsiveness for quicker interactions or decrease sensitivity to prevent accidental touches, tweaking these settings can tailor your device to your preferences. This guide will help you change touch sensitivity on your Android device.

How to Change Touch Sensitivity on Android

How Can I Adjust Touch Sensitivity on Android

Being able to adjust touch sensitivity can be useful at crucial times, especially while wearing gloves or trying to unlock a phone with wet hands. It can also speed up your whole process of using apps and features of a smartphone.

Method 1: From the Built-in Settings

Most Android smartphones come with a pre-installed setting that allows you to adjust touch sensitivity and other touch-related features.

  1. Go to Settings on your phone or tablet.
  2. Tap on Accessibility or Display.
  3. In there, tap on Touch Sensitivity or Touch and Hold Delay.
  4. Tap on it and slide the bar from left to right or right to left to increase or decrease the touch sensitivity.

tap on touch and hold delay

Now, use some other app and features of your phone to test out how sensitive you want your touch to be and then set the bar according to your liking.

Method 2: Change the Pointer Speed

In smartphones, pointer speed refers to the sensitivity of the on-screen cursor or pointer which can easily modified by changing your device settings. This will allow you to change the sensitivity of your phone’s touch input.

  1. Access the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down to the System section and then tap on Language and Input.
    You will find the POINTER SPEED option as the last setting.
  3. Drag the slider to adjust the pointer speed from left to right or reign to left for slower or faster movement.

adjust pointer speed

Once you’ve adjusted, return to your home screen and test the sensitivity.

Method 3: Using a Third-Party App (Touchscreen Response Speed Up)

If your Android smartphone doesn’t offer a way to change the touch sensitivity, then you can download external apps from the Play Store. There are several apps available, especially for gamers that will modify your screen’s touch speed and sensitivity.

  1. Install the Touchscreen Response Speed Up app from the Play Store, choosing the first option in the search results.
  2. Press the Analyse device button within the app, allowing it to automatically adjust sensitivity based on your device.
  3. Tap the Boost button and patiently wait for the optimization process to finish.
  4. Once completed, tap the Take Effect button to apply the changes.

tap on boost

Can a Screen Guard Affect Touch Sensitivity?

Generally, a screen guard is applied to protect the original screen of your smartphone from dust, and physical damage. It is built and applied in such a manner that it does not affect the touch sensitivity of an Android or an iOS, however, some users have encountered this issue.

Screen guards, especially thick ones can sometimes affect the touch speed on your phone. If you are experiencing a similar issue, then first try to clean your screen guard with cotton and isopropyl alcohol. If the situation remains the same, then replace the guard with a high-quality and thin one.

Why is My Touch Screen Not Working?

The screen is the most sensitive part of a smartphone and once damaged, replacement is the only option is to fix it. But, finding out the root cause of an unresponsive touch screen is crucial:

  • Physical damage is the first thing you should look for on your screen including cracks, and scratches as they can heavily impact your touch.
  • Many times, corrupted system files or outdated system software interfere with each activity on your phone including the touch response.
  • If your phone has been exposed to moisture, water, or excessive humidity, then your touch screen will definitely be affected.
  • Excessive heat can affect the touch screen’s activity, especially in devices with poor heat dissipation.

To improve touch screen sensitivity on Android, restart the device, remove any screen protectors or cases, update the software, recalibrate the touch screen, or perform a factory reset.

How Do You Clean a Touch Sensor?

Whether you are facing trouble with the touch sensor due to the screen guard or not, cleaning the guard is an important action and should be done regularly.

  1. Turn off your device to avoid accidental touches.
  2. Use cotton or a soft cloth to wipe the dust off the screen gently.
  3. Then, damp the cloth in your cleaning solution.
  4. Again, wipe your touch sensor and the whole screen to remove impurities and fingerprints.
  5. Make sure the touch sensor is completely dry before turning the device back on.

Also Read: Unresponsive Touch Screen On Android? Try These 8 Fixes

We hope our guide on how to change touch sensitivity on Android will help you attain your ideal level even with the screen guard. Share more tips with us in the comment section and stay tuned to Techcult for more guides.

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