How to Make Your Phone Vibrate

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Most smartphones have simple methods for enabling or disabling vibrate mode. Users can even download apps to make their smartphone vibrate for an extended amount of time as a comfort method. Read on to learn how to make your phone vibrate, and how to control that vibration.

How to Make a Samsung Device Vibrate

Samsung smartphones have several very easy methods of enabling a vibration mode. Here is the easiest method.

Enable Vibrate Mode in the Notification Panel

  1. Swipe down on the top of the home screen to bring up the Notification Panel shortcuts.

  2. Among the shortcuts is a Sound icon, which is typically second after the Wi-Fi icon. If your smartphone sound is on the icon will be blue and look like it is emitting noise.

  3. Tap the Sound icon until you see the Vibrate mode icon. The Samsung device should also vibrate to indicate it's in vibrate mode.

    Android sound button, vibrate icon

Enable Vibrate Mode With the Volume Keys

You can also enable vibrate mode by pressing the volume down key on a Samsung device until you see the vibrate mode icon on the soundbar and feel the vibration.

If this method doesn't work the volume keys may be set to control sound for media. The soundbar will say "Media" when you press the volume down key.

  1. Press the volume down key to bring up the soundbar.

  2. Swipe down on the soundbar to bring up the audio shortcuts menu.

  3. Toggle Use Volume keys for media to off. You can now use the volume keys to enter vibrate mode.

    Swipe down from Media panel, media sliders on Android

Alternatively, swipe the ringtone soundbar down, then either tap the Ringtone icon or drag the Ringtone slider to the left to enter Vibrate mode.

Enable Vibrate Mode in Settings

Finally, you can set your Samsung device to vibrate mode by accessing the back end settings on your device.

  1. Swipe down on the top of the home screen to open the Notification panel.

  2. Tap Settings > Sounds and vibration.

  3. Tap Sound mode > Vibrate.

    Sounds and vibration, Sound mode, Vibrate checkbox on Android

How to Make Other Android Devices Vibrate

Other Android smartphones have similar methods of setting a device to vibrate mode. Select the easiest method depending on what's available on your particular device:

  • Set your device to vibrate mode through the home screen shortcuts menu.
  • Set your device to vibrate mode using the volume down key. Make sure the down key isn't set to control media volume.
  • Set your device to vibrate mode using through the Settings.

Other titles indicating a setting for vibration mode may include Touch vibration, Sound Profile, or something similar.

How to Make an iPhone Vibrate

On an iPhone, you can set your phone to silent. In order to set your device to vibrate mode, you'll have to access the back end settings. Here's how to enable vibrate mode on an iPhone.

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.

  2. Toggle Vibrate on Silent to on. This will ensure your iPhone is already in vibrate mode when you set it to silent using the volume down key.

    iPhone X vibrate options
    iPhone X vibrate options.

How to Make iPhone Vibrate Using the Sounds and Vibration Patterns Setting

You can also scroll down to the Sound and Vibrations Patterns settings to customize the vibration type for different apps and functions, including ringtone, text time, reminder alerts, and AirDrop, among others.

  1. Tap the feature for which you want to set a custom vibration.

  2. Tap Vibration.

  3. Choose your preferred vibration pattern. To create a new vibration, tap Custom Vibration, then tap your own unique beat.

How Make Your Phone Vibrate Continuously With an App

App makers have also utilized the vibrating function on smartphones to make apps for relaxation. Many vibration apps allow users to set the smartphone vibration for an extended amount of time for purposes such as massaging tired muscles and to help with sleep. Many apps also include settings for calming sounds for added comfort. Many apps like these are also easily found on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

  • Massager Vibration App (Android): This app includes a zero to 100 power dial to allow you to adjust the level of vibration. There are also four vibration options to toggle through. Swipe right to access the relaxing sounds options. Tap User Custom to start the sound and then tap the sounds you want to hear. You can tap several sounds at ones to make the experience more elaborate.
  • Body Massager Vibration App (Android): This app includes a power bar to allow you to adjust the level of vibration. There are five vibrations options. Tap through the options and then adjust the speed and press start to turn on the vibration option you want. Press stop to turn off the vibration.
  • iMassage U Vibrating Massager (iOS): This app has a very simple power on and power off settings for starting and stopping vibration. Select Patterns to find five free patterns and several other patterns than can be accessed with a premium account that costs $1.99.
  • iVibe Best Vibrating Massager (iOS): This app has a very simple tap to start and stop the vibration. Select Settings to find two free patterns and several other patterns than can be accessed with a premium account that costs $1.99.