Nexus 7 keyboard volume

Loud Nexus 7 on-screen keyboard clicking grinding your gears? You're just one setting change away from a quieter typing experience.

One of the areas in which the new Nexus 7 improves upon the original is its audio -- the new model is equipped with loud, rear-facing stereo speakers. Compared to the first Nexus 7, they're capable of generating a great deal of volume -- and that's great when you're watching a movie or listening to music, but less so when you're typing.

The Nexus 7 also lacks a vibration motor, so the built-in Google Keyboard defaults to audio feedback when you press a key. And when you combine this with those two loud speakers, it can make for a rather noisy typing experience.

Fortunately there is a setting to control the click volume, it's just hidden away a little. So here's how to make things a little quieter --

  1. With the Google Keyboard open, long press on the microphone icon until the settings button appears, then release.
  2. Tap "Google Keyboard Settings." (From here you can completely disable audio feedback for the keyboard by unchecking "Sound on key press.")
  3. Scroll down and tap "Advanced settings."
  4. Tap "Keypress sound volume" and use the slider to set the level to your preference.

Keypress sound volume

... And you're done. It's worth noting that the keyboard volume isn't tied to any of the system volume levels (the stuff under Settings > Sound > Volumes.) The menu within the app is the only place to change the loudness of the clicking sound.