Completed Solutions to iPhone not Vibrating for Texts/Calls

iPhone not vibrating may make you miss out important texts or calls. If your iPhone won’t vibrate in silent mode, follow this guide to get the full list of solutions to iPhone not vibrating problem.

Demi by Demi Updated August 16, 2023
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Vibration is a crucial feature on iPhones that provides discreet alerts for incoming calls and messages, ensuring you never miss important communications. However, encountering a situation where your iPhone is not vibrating for texts or calls can be perplexing and concerning.

iphone not vibrating

This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide to understanding why this issue might occur and offers step-by-step solutions to help you fix it and ensure you stay connected through subtle vibrations.

Part 1. Why is my iPhone not vibrating?

Several factors could contribute to the issue of your iPhone not vibrating for texts or calls.

⛔ Vibration Settings: Incorrect vibration settings might be preventing your device from vibrating as expected.
⛔ Do Not Disturb: If the "Do Not Disturb" mode is enabled, your iPhone might not vibrate for incoming texts or calls.
⛔ Silent Mode: If your iPhone is in silent mode, it won't vibrate for incoming notifications.
⛔ Software Glitches: Temporary software glitches or bugs could affect vibration functionality.
⛔ Hardware Issues: Physical hardware problems with the vibration motor could be the culprit.

Part 2. 6 fixes to iPhone not vibrating for texts/calls

Here are several troubleshooting steps to help you address the issue of your iPhone not vibrating for texts or calls in silent mode. Try them one after another until your issue gets fixed.

1# Check iPhone vibrate setting

In various instances, it's easy to overlook switching on the vibration function. Therefore, before any troubleshooting, please make sure you have enabled relative vibrate settings.

Check Vibration is enabled
Firstly, you need to check whether you have turned on the Vibration option of your iPhone. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, scroll down to Vibration to make sure it is enabled.

turn on vibration

Check Vibrate on Silent setting
If you find iPhone not vibrating on silent, make sure you have “Vibrate on Silent” on. Go to the Settings app on iPhone > Sound > Switch on both toggles next to Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent.

vibrate on silent

Obviously, enabling the Vibrate on Ring setting will make your iPhone vibrate when it's set to ring, while the Vibrate on Silent feature ensures your iPhone vibrates when in silent mode.

2# Check silent mode

Located on the left side of your iPhone, you'll find a small switch that lets you activate or deactivate the silent mode. Typically, when you switch to silent mode, you'll notice a subtle vibration, indicating that your iPhone's vibration is functional.

silent mode

Try toggling the silent switch back and forth 2 or 3 times, and then verify if your iPhone's vibration returns to its usual operation. While this solution might seem unconventional, it has been known to be effective on occasion.

3# Force restart iPhone

Performing a hard reset is frequently the go-to method for resolving various problems with iPhones. This approach applies to the issue of iPhones not vibrating as well. Depending on the iPhone series, the operations are slightly different.

iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the Volume button > Perform the same operation on the Volume - button > Press and hold the Side button and release when you see the Apple logo.
iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold both the Volume - button and the Power button > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the Power button and the Home button for seconds > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

hard reset iPhone

4# Turn off Do Not Disturb mode

Another feature on the iPhone that might lead to vibration issues is "Do Not Disturb," and many users are unaware of this potential cause. When enabled, this feature silences calls, alerts, and notifications received while your device is locked. To address this, you'll need to remove "Do Not Disturb" or set a schedule for it, and you can also specify who you want to allow calls from during this mode.

To disable Do Not Disturb mode, you have two ways to go,
>> From Control Panel: In Control Panel > Tap Focus (the Half Moon icon) > Tap Do Not Disturb to turn it off.
>> From iPhone Settings: Open Settings on your iPhone > Scroll down to locate and tap Focus > Do Not Disturb > Toggle off the switch next to Do Not Disturb.

turn off  do not disturb

5# Reset all settings

If none of the solutions above works, try resetting all settings on your iPhone. This operation helps erase elements and restore to their original defaults without losing any data, which might troubleshoot the iPhone not vibrating issue.

Step 1. Go to iPhone Settings General > Scroll down and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.

Step 2. Click Reset > Choose Reset All Settings. Enter your passcode and click Reset All Settings again to confirm your operation.

reset all settings iphone

After that, try to enable iPhone vibration and assess the functionality of your iPhone's vibration.

6# Check for iOS update

Please always remember to keep your iOS up to date. Sometimes, iPhone not vibrating can be related to software bugs with old version of operating system. Check and update your iOS to the latest version can help.

To update your iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the prompts if an update is available.

ios software update


Experiencing an issue where your iPhone not vibrating can be puzzling, but with the solutions provided in this article, you have the tools to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.

While, if the issue persists, don't hesitate to seek assistance from Apple Support or authorized service centers to ensure a seamless communication experience on your device.

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