How to Change Vibration Settings on an iPhone

These settings are under Sounds & Haptics, and you can customize them on a per-contact basis

What to Know

  • Change ringtone vibration: Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Vibration > choose vibration.
  • Change alert tones vibration: Settings > Sounds & Haptics > choose alert tone > Vibration > choose vibration.
  • Custom vibrations: Settings > Sounds & Haptics > choose alert tone > Vibration > Create New Vibration > tap vibration pattern on screen > Save > enter name > Save.

In addition to sounds, your iPhone can vibrate to get your attention. And just as you can customize ringtones and alert tones, you can customize iPhone vibration to get silent alerts. This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to change the iPhone vibration settings and even how to create your own vibration patterns.

How to Change iPhone Vibration

Think of vibrations as being just like ringtones or alert tones, except silent (they're great for situations in which you don't want your phone making noise but still want to be notified). And, just like audio tones, you can choose different vibrations for different events on your phone. Here's what to do:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.

    On iPhone 6S and earlier, the menu is called Sounds.

  3. To change the vibration when you get an incoming call, tap Ringtone.

    Settings, Sounds & Haptics, and Ringtone on an iPhone
  4. Tap Vibration.

  5. Choose Default, pre-installed vibrations, or None if you don't want a vibration during an incoming call. Tap each option to preview the vibration pattern.

    This sets the same vibration for all incoming calls. Just like with ringtones, you can set a different vibration for different people. That way, you'll know who's calling just by their vibration. Follow the steps to assign a custom ringtone to a specific person, but choose a vibration instead of a ringtone.

  6. When you find one you want, make sure the checkmark is next to it and then tap Ringtone > Back.

    Vibration, Checkmark, and Ringtone highlighted in iPhone Settings
  7. You can customize vibration settings by following the same steps for Text Tone, New Voicemail, New Mail, Sent Mail, Calendar Alerts, and Reminder Alerts.

  8. You can also choose whether vibrations play when your iPhone is Ring mode, Silent mode, or both. Ring mode is when you have your ringer switch (on the left side of the phone) set to play your ringtone and alerts. Silent mode mutes ringtones and alerts. Control these options with the sliders for Play Haptics in Ring Mode and Play Haptics in Silent Mode.

    Ring Mode, Silent Mode, Play Haptics in Ring Mode, and Play Haptics in Silent Mode highlighted in iPhone settings

Another vibration you can enable mimics the experience of typing. Each time you tap a letter using the on-screen keyboard, a small vibration provides feedback. Enable this by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback > move Haptic slider to on/green.

How to Create New Vibration Patterns on iPhone

Just like with ringtones, the iPhone comes with a set of pre-defined vibration patterns, but you can also create your own custom patterns. This can allow you to know—just by the vibration of your phone—who has called or texted, or to create a specific vibration to go with a reminder to do a task. Here's how to create custom vibration patterns on iPhone:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.

  3. Tap the alert type you want to create the new vibration pattern for.

    Settings, Sounds & Haptics, and Sounds & Haptics settings highlighted on iPhone
  4. Tap Vibration.

  5. Tap Create New Vibration.

  6. Tap the vibration pattern on the screen.

    Vibration, Create New Vibration, and New Vibration creation highlighted in the iPhone app
  7. When you're done, tap Stop.

  8. Tap Play to preview the vibration.

  9. If you want to record it again, tap Record and tap the screen again. If you're happy with it, tap Save.

    Stop, Play, and Save in iPhone Vibration settings
  10. Give the new vibration pattern a name in the pop-up window and tap Save.

  11. The new vibration is available in the Custom menu and can be applied to all ring and alert tones, not just the one you started with in step 3.

    Save and Custom vibrations in iPhone settings

Want to delete a custom vibration pattern? Just swipe right to left across it in the Custom menu and tap Delete.

  • How do I turn off vibration on my iPhone?

    To stop your iPhone from vibrating, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Vibration and turn off the sliders for Play Haptics in Ring Mode and Play Haptics in Silent Mode. On older iPhones, go to Settings > Sounds and turn off Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent.

  • Can I make my iPhone vibration stronger?

    No, not really. However, you can choose a different vibration pattern to make the vibrations longer or closer together.

  • How do I set my iPhone to vibrate?

    To set your iPhone on vibrate, turn the phone all the way down, then go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Vibration and turn on the slider for Play Haptics in Silent Mode. On older iPhones, go to Settings > Sounds and turn on Vibrate on Silent.

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