The Samsung Galaxy S III has finally arrived, and its got an advanced feature called Auto Haptic that uses vibration to create engaging physical response in downloaded 3rd party apps.  With Auto Haptic, you can feel the sling stretch as you fling an angry bird and feel the impact of a grenade explosion in a first person shooter game (be sure to check out our list of recommended apps that work great with Auto Haptics!)  Auto Haptic is based on Immersion’s Reverb technology, which automatically creates haptic effects by monitoring the application’s audio track.  In most Galaxy S III handsets, the feature is turned off by default, but the settings menu gives users flexibility to use Auto Haptics only in apps that you want.  Which means if you like haptics while you’re playing your favorite shooter game, but not so much while you’re listening to your music player, then you just select the apps you want for haptics via the settings.  The great news is that Auto Haptic actually has very little impact on battery life, which is a common concern among users.  And if you enjoy experimenting with haptics, be sure to check out the S III’s feature that lets you create custom vibration ringtones.

In the meantime, here’s how you can customize Auto Haptic on your Samsung Galaxy S III:

From your home screen, select “Settings:

The Settings icon on the Galaxy S III home screen


Once you’re in Settings, click on Sound (Under Device Settings):

Settings Menu


Scroll down to the bottom of your Sound menu, until you see Auto Haptics, which by default is turned off.  Enable Auto Haptics by sliding the switch into the on position and then enter the Auto Haptic Menu:

By default Auto Haptic is turned off

To enable Auto Haptic, move the slider into the “On” position


Here’s the Auto Haptic menu, it displays all your downloaded apps.  By clicking on the check boxes, you can enable Auto Haptic for the apps you want, and turn it off for those you don’t:

Select which apps you want enabled with haptics