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Nokia Touch Update

Nokia Touch update allows you to disable button vibration

Nokia never fails to impress us with the little options and configurations the company adds with its system app updates. This latest release (version for the Touch system app on Lumia Windows Phones enables a new setting for consumers to toggle, which affects the vibration feedback caused by hitting the capacitive buttons. You're now able to simply turn the vibration on and off.

We actually speculated that this would happen back in September, so we're glad to see it finally arrive.

This setting affects all three buttons – Back, Windows and Search. It's a small alteration with a massive impact on the user experience. Say you don't wish to have your hands massaged while holding your Windows Phone and hitting the capacitive keys, or perhaps you'd like to have the phone completely silent, including any motors running to provide haptic feedback. It's a minor update with a cool new feature.

You can check for updates on your Lumia Windows Phone or hit this link to manually grab the latest Touch release. It's worth noting that a prompt will appear for you to reboot your Windows Phone when changing this setting. Do you prefer to have the capacitive key vibration feedback on or off? Sound off in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

QR: Nokia Touch



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LTTG says:

You stole my comment :P

dhruv07 says:

Wp8.1 update cmin nd changes slowly started to take place ..!!

HaibaneReki says:

+920 ... times 920!

Kaushik Dash says:

I know that feel.

rodneyej says:

Who here is still annoyed by the silly screen brightness dimming bug that the 1520 has❔... We need a fix for that❕

jainashish85 says:

I observe this on on the 720 as well, mostly seen when I open a SMS.

PeadarWagon says:

I wish you could increase it! ;)

dhruv07 says:

M feeling weird usually on touching vibrate is,dere nw phone seems so silent :P

John20212 says:

+1 on the 1020 you can barely feel the vibration, much better on the 520 and the old Samsung Focus.


Yea my cousins 900 has much stronger vibrations than my 1020

afnan_mc says:

Finally. Thank you. :']


rodneyej says:

I like being able to restart the phone without holding down the power button, and sliding the screen down.. This is much less cumbersome..
MS should let developers make apps that can do this..

Curtieson says:

An API that can shut your phone off? Available to ANYONE in any app? Not gonna lie, that sounds terrible! haha

Talk4Lig says:

Does this saves battery also?

wps81 says:

Obviously yes

Talk4Lig says:

Nice... Too bad you have to restart the phone to take changes

DennisvdG says:

Because that's the worst thing in the world

Talk4Lig says:

Because that is what android can do. I am not saying it is the worst thing in the world, but it would be nice to have it without restarting. It just looks like it is another workaround from nokia. 

Tafsern says:

Android phones are the phones who usually requires a restart now and then, if it doesn't restart or turn off by itself. Windows Phone is far more stable in the long run.

It probably will do that in wp8.1 calm your nuts

Nik Rolls says:

Calm your nuts ... Heh, I've never heard it in plural before :D

James8561 says:

Is it really that big of a deal to wait for the couple of minutes it takes to restart?

you'll end up with a fresh boot anyway which should increase battery life and make it more responsive.

Android has it built in to the OS, so yeah obviously this is most likely just a Nokia workaround. Restarting your phone takes no time at all either, unless you spend every second of the day on your phone. Just have it restart when you put it in your pocket, by the time you are out the door it'll be done.

WPmunkey says:

Android doesn't require restart because they know it will crap out and need to be restarted anyway

JoRdaNeK says:

Also treasure tag does this and that's also by Nokia

Nik Rolls says:

It's not a workaround, it just reveals that this is a BIOS setting that the hardware reads only on power up. Nothing wrong with that.

Munkeyphyst says:

First world WP user problem: "I have to restart my phone..."

ZuNuKoo says:

⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆... once every six months or more.

TechAbstract says:

Everyday or couple days on Android.

pattayo_ib says:

No, Blackberry still wins.

LordXaero says:

Because waiting another 15 seconds for your phone to restart is such a problem...

Hagenlund says:

Obviously not to any noticeable degree, no.

sikku says:

This was really needed...

WPUser111 says:

Great feature.. Saves my battery

seenable says:

I wonder by how much...

Jack Larson1 says:

1.2% exactly. Jk!

AuraTigital says:

Function to turn the capacitive lights off too would be nice :D

Talk4Lig says:

Yeah I want this in 8.1 ! :D

Kashyapjani says:

My friend bought the 1320. It has no lights behind the capacitive buttons. He is sad.

AuraTigital says:

Using WP for so long, I could hit the three buttons correctly without even looking. If mine stopped working I wouldn't mind. They're blinding XD. I want a toggle to turn them off or lower it's brightness.

Kashyapjani says:

Blinding? I like them on my 925. Now if they were notification lights, I would've loved them.

Talk4Lig says:

You obviously didnt use your phone in dark - these buttons are like freakin lighthouses! :P

TechFreak1 says:

@talk4lig, you got that right lol... They are pretty bright in the dark. Was hoping they would have added a setting to adjust the brightness but i can live without it. The haptic feed back on my L920 is negligible and prefer it on. Otherwise it feels odd...

pattayo_ib says:

Me too! I missed those on my Nokia Music! Really helpful!

Jack Larson1 says:

It would be cool if there was an option to make them pulse to the beat in Nokia MixRadio.

kingjah says:

This I would desire a lot more.

Takes too long to shut down so I manually restart for it to work.i wanted this option before but now I dunno why even after this option has arrived,I kind of feel incomplete without the vibration i had got accustomed to.turning vibration back on right now. :D

LTTG says:

Same feeling :P

Hahaha the same goes with me. I'm so accustomed to the vibrations that now I haven't turned it off even though it would save battery. My Lumia 1320 battery life is very good so doesn't make that much of a difference to me.

wps81 says:

Same here. Not used to dead silence.

Zamir Yusof says:

same here. I can't live w/o the vibration now 

DeriQuan says:

Wahahaha....same here.

Octonabz says:

I want the vibration back. Lol.

TechAbstract says:

Oh no, you had to reboot twice.

That's why I love Nokia

Samsung did this awhile ago.

JoRdaNeK says:

Nokia did it a while ago too, but just today with Lumia

Winnabe says:

Hah, what do I say! In the beginning the haptic feedback vibration used to drive me nuts! But over time, I have begun liking it! Yes, I like it now, since i have got used to it, and in any case. it gives me a confirmation that my touch command was registered, so I am more sure about my touch commands. However, I will still have the update for the options. :)

paras chugh says:

and i thought windows keys written under touch setting would enable the windows key to act as a notification light in the future but it was for this......sigh

stupidsteven says:

That has been my "want" for so long, agree ^

+925 This and being able to close apps without spamming the back button were my top two wants since Windows Phone 7.5. Sadly I stil don't have either because stupid T-Mobile is taking forever. But seriously, Kid's Corner before the basic function of being able to close apps? Does anybody actually use Kid's Corner? Sometimes I wonder what goes on in the minds of the Windows Phone team.

TechFreak1 says:

Kids corner is awesome, gives me the peace of mind that i can give my phone to any niece or nephew without worrying that they will start sending random texts or emails to tenants and landlords thus getting me into whole heap of trouble. I don't mind that they have access to the camera roll as all i have is maintenance pictures and property pictures for marketing. When the accidently lock it, it gives me time to engage them in other activities like football (soccer), colouring, origami etc.

Of course, it is a nice feature to have if we are put into situations such as those you mentioned. I just don't understand the priorities the developers have. To me, that's like having a smartphone with all these neat features but no wifi or bluetooth (or some other basic function that every other OS has). A couple weeks ago I was playing a game on my phone, but for some reason I couldn't close out of it no matter how many times I spammed the back button. I could hold the back button and switch between apps, but there was no way of getting rid of it until I restarted my phone. Sure, maybe the "close app" feature may not have worked in that situation as well, but I won't find out until I get the update.

rubenbest says:

I got used to it

dailynail says:

Nothing happens on my 620, still only have the screen sensitivity option, nothing else on screen.

Same wid me dude i think v need black update.aWe need to wait till 24tg feb for this small setting also :(

abhishake620 says:

No i can confirm at this point that you don't require black ....have it on my phone, gdr3 is installed though... Lumia 620 is my phone fyi

Kaushik Dash says:

There's the issue then. I have gdr2 installed. I guess it needs gdr3 to work.

Aziz789 says:

I think dude Nokia is ignoring 620. Isnt it???

Will be there availability of black update on L620 till 24th Feb.How can u got confirmed about it.Plaese specify

Yeah mine too..nothing changed after the update requires black update i think

S Vaibhav says:

GDR 3 and amber on my 620, option is available.

sachinrex says:

U don't need black.. I updated touch now.. It's working.. And now also I'm having amber

MiyadAnsar says:

no... it doesnt require black update.. it z working on my l620 with GDR3 update(dev).. i had to restart twice to work it....

I think I don't have gdr3 on l620 can I check wether I have gdr3 or gdr2??

S Vaibhav says:

What is your OS version? 8.0.10521.155 is GDR 3, anything below that is GDR 2.

MaXi32 says:

Send your phone to Nokia Center if you don't want to wait getting Black update. They will flash Black firmware for you free.

ebin5 says:

L520 gdr3.working..

it works for me! L620 gdr3 dev preview

nath520 says:

:( Same goes here

ahardin says:

I've noticed a bit more stuttering when scrolling, though.

mariusfilip says:

Lol! Facebook right?

I updated touch but didn't got that setting

larspassic says:

Curious to see if this has real-world impact on battery life.

TechFreak1 says:

It would be extremely minimal imo.

archimess says:

Storage check has an update also, althought i don't see what's new.

TechFreak1 says:

Just big fixes according to the change log.

WhyFiNYC says:

Cool. This was much more annoying on my old Trophy, but this is a welcome addition, none the less.  

dazorange says:

Ah the trophy. I fondly remember that phone. It served me well.

Joshh3736 says:

Mine just crashes and wont let me load touch on my settings

Joshh3736 says:

I restarted my phone, then when i loaded back up my keys still vibrated and wont let me open my touch settings

Updated the wives 520, now it doesn't allow the touch settings to be loaded. When I tap the touch settings it tries to load and then crashes. Works great on my 920 though. Hope they fix the problem with my wives as she hates the feedback.

DeriQuan says:

Same here. Ok on my 1520 but somehow not ok on my 920. After restart, the capacitive keys still vibrate but now I can't access to the Touch app. The app will close immediately I launch it.

Joshh3736 says:

Same here, im using the 920

Talk4Lig says:

Working on 920 fine here

mixtnet says:

My 920 is registering taps without me touching it. It keeps clicking even on lock screen.

Marko Koedam says:

I got a issue with the Touch update, when i get into the setting its says " Touch can't be opened. An app update may be available in Store" any ideas to solve the problem?pls no factory setting!?  NL 1020 THK

rAj06 says:

Finally! I really wish there's a toggle for the turning off the capacitive lights. They're extremely annoying!!!

mambastik says:

The trick is to turn on Battery Saving mode, which turns off them off.

TechFreak1 says:

Along with your notifications :p lol.

About bloody time! This makes my day!

andrijankara says:

When will we get heptic feedback for dialer and texting

Gayle Stone says:

I can't install it on Lumia 1520, followed the link and there was no option to install

PureView says:

"Massive impact on user experience"


SamiSaifDine says:


kenzibit says:

But I love the button feedback. I always want some sort of feedback when I press gives notion that your command has been accepted. Nice update but no thank you.

Rhamsey says:

About time, this has been bothering me since I switched to the 920 from my venue pro.

sfberlingeri says:

It was a "must". At last!

I waited for a long time.

QilleRz says:

Thanks Nokia, you are the awesome !

marky_yo says:

I used to want this for the keyboard back when I got my 920 right out the gate coming from android and swiftkey, but now doesn't seem like a necessarily option and also not included from what I have read here....still this is why I love Nokia! Yes they maybe behind on some aspects compared to android and ios but they continue to update their phones!

It feels weird pressing windows key without vibration..... Weird in a good way!!!

app for equalizer plz ;)

Arka1412 says:

Will it stop the vibration in WhatsApp also?

Live2Deliver says:

i know others have said this before but....

FINALLY!! I love Windows all the more now.

ejlee072006 says:

I like my vibration..

bitfarm says:

No. Not switching it off. :)

Planblover08 says:

Wow this really feels different but if it saves battery im cool with it.

oneiros says:

It's a quote underrated feature the heptic're gonna miss it when it's gone. I would love to have the option to auto-disable the vibration only when batteries are under a certain charge percentage or simply paired with energy saving options.

I restarted my phone and I found 9 updates from the store. Crazy!

Need that on my Ativ S, the touch button vibrations are crazy! I quite like them on my Lumia 1020, however

luisfarelo says:

The Ativ S has always had the ability to disable haptic feedback, dig a bit more in the settings friend.

tarzanmarzan says:

Am I the only one that likes button vibration?

Nothing changed after the update on my lumia 620 ...i think it requires the black update...fed up of waiting now..huh

S Vaibhav says:

Use dev preview my friend :)

Rem97 says:

Dev preview is for Update 3, not Lumia Black firmware.

Kristijan87 says:

I simply adore how everything Windows related has to restart in order to apply changes :D Anyway, vibration disabled, let's see if I'll be able to live with it, for experiment's sake :D

Restarting is usually a more secure way to make changes...

Updated and switched off. My 521 isn't as bad as my hd7 was, but I don't care for the vibration on the buttons. Also shut off vibration of Xbox controller (360, not One).

It feels so dead without vibration! Turning it back on.

Chemilinski says:

Great! The vibration on my 520 is terrible and I never liked it.

Farael says:

My battery loved it.

Prefer with vibration.....

irsyadhhs says:

I am.. Crying:')

Ethn Khan says:

thats a greatt thing but after update in lumia 620 nothing changed lol same to same any body else?

S Vaibhav says:

Requires GDR3, use dev preview

Wait for gdr3 ..this wait is killing me..

coolraoul says:

Finally! So great now without the noise and vibration...

Ethn Khan says:

black update required for enabling this option

Not black... Just GDR3

usman567 says:

Yea i'm happy ;)

GusterBuster says:

My 820 would love this. Already used to Samsung's capacitive button not vibrating so yey. :)

Andygoes says:

How very timely. I just sent my 920 to warranty repair (with only a few days left on my warranty!) because the vibration had almost completely died on my capacitive buttons!

my Lumia920 never vibrates when using such buttons
there any haptic feedback since i purchased it
i have a 620 and it's available
also same for a friend 920
same fot my brother's 925

dont know why

Ups_2013 says:


I also didn't ever have this vibration on my lumia 920.

Don't know if I have to feel myself good or bad :S

kvsanal78 says:

Again , restarting the phone will make me angry and if i didn't like the feature and want to turn of it thn i hav to restart again

TechFreak1 says:

1st world problems.... :p lol

dailynail says:

My 620 says no updates are available. If I go to the Apps page linked above and send it to the phone it gives me option to reinstall, but nothing ever changes. Have restarted phone too, no idea how to get ths update.

Ethn Khan says:

first dont install it bcos it wont work untill GDR3 update scondly you can simply tap the search botton on your phone the right botton along windws sign than bing will open then click on the eye shape at bottom than click on it it will open camera just scane that above given 2d bar and automaticly u will be n store after getting and clicking the link

Oh my...stop...just stop...

TechFreak1 says:

Lol the agony...

Nice feature to have, but hope that MS adds it into an OS update as this is a feature that everyone should enjoy. 

zaidgkhan says:

They should use Windows led for notifications on lumia 925.

I wanted this option, but now I have it, Id miss the vibrate on press if I turned it off

Donny James says:

This is good for me cause I dropped my L521 and it vibrates a little too much now when I tap those buttons to the point its a bit uncomfortable, so this is welcomed.

Restarting takes ages...still stuck in "restarting.."

They always find something to complain...

Not complaining.. I am just telling what it does.. DH

Sunny Verma says:

I was waiting for this option for a long time. And now im feeling so strng without tht vibration :D

Wtf, you have to restart the phone to disable vibrate? Lame MS, very lame

nuclax says:

Yes yes
Let the hate flow through you

hs k says:

Mwahahahah!! Yes, yes, hate hate. We power through your hate!

scoop1567 says:

I'm used to Nokia touch devices of the old days. After using WP, I'd even love to have the vibration feedback when typing!

pg2900 says:

this is so my phone giving more solid feel.... and hey mine restarted in just 4-5 seconds....

sfsdfs says:


Still waiting for configuration for Search button. Don't know how many times I ahve pressed that one by mistake.

1 second delay should be enough.

Thank you Nokia developers for the constant updates and thank you wp central for the news you bring us everyday! You are the best!


rogerhew says:

One of the few features I like disable and now I got it. Thanks Nokia. Well done.

Incredible, such a small thing, but how I glad I am to be finally able to turn it off. It feels great btw:)

suniltamboli says:

Thank you so much !

BugiardoLR says:

Haptic Feedback OFF ! Yeah!

Nokia Boy says:

This should save battery too!

Pranay1995 says:

How much impact will it make on my battery life? Any idea to what extent will my battery be conserved with this update? Anyone, any idea?