iPhone Vibration not Working? How to Fix

Several users have complained that the vibration feature is not working on their iPhone. This can be a big issue for several users as this problem may cause them to miss important calls and messages they may receive. This article provides a step-by-step guide on fixing the vibration issues on the iPhone. It appears that users are having one of these issues:

  • The iPhone does not vibrate at all for incoming calls or texts or when Silent Mode is enabled.
  • The iPhone vibrating stopped working for app notifications.

If turned on, your iPhone will vibrate when it receives a call or notification. This may help you keep track of your notifications. Your iPhone may not be vibrating because of hardware or software problems. The steps below will address both of these problems.

1. Check your settings

Ensure that vibration is enabled on your iPhone. Here is what you can check:

  • There is an accessibility setting that can turn off all vibrations on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Vibration. And ensure that Vibration is turned on.
  • The second setting to check is the Sounds settings. Tap Settings > Sounds & Haptics or Settings > Sounds and then ensure that “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent” are enabled. If, for example, your iPhone rings but does not vibrate, this may be the cause.
Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent

2. Check hardware

After checking your steps, the second step is to check if the phone’s vibration engine is working or not. If it is not working, there is not much you can do. It is highly likely that your phone has hardware issues. Here is how:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics or Settings > Sounds (earlier iPhone models).
  • Tap Ringtone under the Sounds and Vibration Patterns.
  • Tap Vibration.
  • Tap the Synchronized (Default) option or any other option.
  • Does your phone vibrate? If it is vibrating, your problem is software. Try the next steps to resolve it. If vibration does not work, this is a hardware problem.
Vibration test

If you are having trouble with the vibration because of hardware issues, you have basically two options:

3. Update

If you are still having this problem, ensure that your iPhone has the latest version of iOS. You can check this by going to Settings > General > Software Update. And if there is an update, follow the onscreen instructions to update your iPhone.

4. Restart

Turning off and on your iPhone may seem too simple but it may fix your problem. Please follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings > Sounds & Haptics or go to Settings > Sounds. And then turn off both “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent”.
  2. Restart your iPhone.
  3. Now go back to Settings > Sounds & Haptics or go to Settings > Sounds and turn on “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent”.

5. App notifications?

Are you having vibration problems with one of your apps, such as Messages, FaceTime, Mail, etc? For example, when you get WhatsApp messages, your phone does not vibrate? Or Does your iPhone not vibrate when you have a Facebook notification? If this is the case, you may want to check the app’s settings.

You can adjust your apps’ notification settings to ensure that Vibration is turned on. Here is how:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Notifications. Tap an app that is not alerting you by vibrating and then select Sounds > Vibration and ensure that a Vibration style is selected. If the “None” option is selected, your device will not vibrate.

Some third-party apps may offer additional customizations. For example, in the WhatsApp example, ensure that Vibrate in In-App Notifications is enabled. You can check this by going to Settings > Notifications > WhatsApp > WhatsApp Notification Settings > In-App Notifications > and ensure that Vibrate is enabled. You can access this setting within WhatsApp too by going to WhatsApp > Settings > Notifications > In-App Notifications.

In-App Vibrate

6. Reset All Settings

Simply reset all your settings and preferences to their defaults. Doing so will not erase your data like Photos, messages, notes, email, music etc.

Simply, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. And then follow the onscreen instructions.

Reset All Settings

7. See also

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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