My iPhone Doesn’t Vibrate! Here’s The Real Fix.

You pull your iPhone out of your pocket and see three missed calls from Grandma. You’re sure you had it set to vibrate, but you couldn’t feel the buzz! Uh-oh—your iPhone stopped vibrating. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix an iPhone that doesn’t vibrate and what to do if the vibration motor is broken.

First Things First: Test Your iPhone’s Vibration Motor

Before we begin, let’s see if your iPhone’s vibration motor is turned on. Flip your iPhone’s Silent / Ring switch back and forth (the switch is above the volume buttons on the left side of your iPhone), and you’ll feel a buzz if “Vibrate on Ring” or “Vibrate on Silent” is turned on in Settings. (See the next section for details about how the switch works.) If you don’t feel your iPhone vibrate, it doesn’t mean the vibration motor is broken—it means we need to take a look inside Settings.

Flip Silent/Ring Switch Back and Forth To Test iPhone Vibration Motor

How The Silent / Ring Switch Works With The Vibration Motor

  • If “Vibrate on Ring” is turned on in Settings, your iPhone will vibrate when you pull the Silent / Ring switch toward the front of your iPhone.
  • If “Vibrate on Silent” is turned on, your iPhone will vibrate when you push the switch toward the back of your iPhone.
  • If both are turned off, your iPhone won’t vibrate when you flip the switch.

When Your iPhone Won’t Vibrate In Silent Mode

A common problem that iPhone users face is that their iPhone doesn’t vibrate in silent mode. Other people’s iPhones won’t vibrate when the ringer is turned on. Fortunately, both of these issues are usually easy to fix inside Settings.

How To Enable Vibrate on Silent / Ring

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. The two settings we’re going to look at are Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent. The Vibrate on Silent setting will allow your iPhone to vibrate when in silent mode, and Vibrate on Ring setting enables your phone to`ring and vibrate at the same time. Tap the switch on the right-hand side of either setting to turn it on.

turn on vibrate on ring and silent

Take Off Any Magnetic Case Or Wallet Cover

We’ve received a few comments from people saying they fixed the vibration problem on their iPhone by removing their magnetic wallet cover. A magnet can sometimes interfere with an iPhone’s vibration motor. Try removing any accessories and taking your iPhone out of its case.

Does your iPhone vibrate now? If not, follow the steps below to fix the problem.

Other Software Troubleshooting Steps

Turn On Vibration In Accessibility Settings

If Vibration is turned off in Accessibility settings, your iPhone won’t vibrate even if the vibration motor is fully functional. Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch and make sure the switch next to Vibration is turned on. You’ll know the switch is on when it’s green.

turn on vibration in accessibility settings

Make Sure You’ve Selected A Vibration Pattern

It’s possible that your iPhone doesn’t vibrate because you’ve set your vibration pattern to None. Open Settings and tap Sounds & Haptics -> Ringtone and tap Vibration at the top of the screen. Make sure there’s a check mark next to anything other than None!

turn on iphone vibration

My iPhone Doesn’t Vibrate At All!

If your iPhone isn’t vibrating at all, there may be a software problem with your iPhone. One way to fix this is to reset your iPhone’s settings. Doing this won’t erase any content from your device, but it will return all the iPhone’s settings (including vibration) to factory defaults. I strongly recommend backing up your iPhone with iTunes or to iCloud before starting this process.

How To Reset All Settings

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Transfer Or Reset iPhone.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap Reset.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings and confirm that you’d like to proceed. You’ll need to enter your passcode if you have one. After you do and your iPhone restarts, test your iPhone to see if it vibrates. If it doesn’t, read on.

reset all settings ios 15

DFU Restore

If you’ve tried all of the previous steps and your iPhone doesn’t vibrate, it’s time to backup your iPhone and follow our tutorial on how to DFU restore your iPhone. A DFU restore erases all the content and settings from your device and is the end-all-be-all for fixing iPhone software issues. This is different from a standard iTunes restore as it wipes both the software and hardware settings from your device.

My iPhone Still Doesn’t Vibrate

If your iPhone still doesn’t vibrate after a DFU restore, you’re probably experiencing a hardware issue. Generally this means that the vibration motor in your iPhone has died and needs replacement. This is a very involved process, so we don’t recommend that you attempt this repair at home.

Make A Stop At The Apple Store

Make a Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple Store. Be sure to make a full backup of your device before heading to your appointment, because if your iPhone needs to be replaced, you’ll need a backup of your data to put on your new iPhone. Apple also has a great mail-in service if you don’t live near an Apple Store.

Buzz Buzz! Buzz Buzz! Let’s Wrap It Up.

And there you have it: Your iPhone is buzzing again and your know what to do when your iPhone stops vibrating. You’ll always know when Grandma (or your boss) are calling, and that can save everyone a headache. Leave a comment below about which fix worked for you, and if you enjoyed this article, send it to your friends when you hear them ask the age old question, “Why doesn’t my iPhone vibrate?”

About Author

I'm Andrew Kunesh, a technology writer and IT professional from Chicago. My goal is to help you fix the many errors and problems your Apple devices may face. Thanks for checking out our work!

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Josie
2 months ago

I almost never comment but I’ve been dealing with my phone not vibrating on silent (when all seemingly relevant settings were turned on) for like 5 years now and could never figure it the hell out! It turns out I just had the vibration ringtone set to “none” this whole damn time! No other guide ever mentioned this. THANK YOU, GOD BLESS!!!!!!

Mohammad
3 months ago

Most helpful… many thanks indeed

RalphC
3 months ago

Thank you for all of this valuable information, it worked!

Mjc
3 months ago

Thank you! So simple yet so elusive 🙂

Karen
4 months ago

It works! Turn on vibration in accessibility setting did the trick. I love you!

Milos
5 months ago

It works, thanks! Apple keeps nagging about improving the customer experience and then you find out the “Touch” settings somehow control vibration on calls.
On the bright side, at least now I get a tsunami warning vibration now… in central Europe, lol

Emmanuel
7 months ago

Thanks, I restarted my device and it started vibrating again

Subaie Mohammed
7 months ago

Thanks Andrew, much appreciated. I discovered that the reason was the magnetic cover. Done

Wanda Kurbel
8 months ago

Thank you for giving a step by step solution as to why my husband’s iPhone SE was not vibrating!
Your guidance is easy to follow, the screen shots are exactly what seniors need! You are a rare find, it takes a very intuitive person to be able to explain a technical problem to those of us who were around before computers were in everyone’s home! The problem was fixed and we are so grateful!

Char
9 months ago

Thank you! I’ve been looking for a way to figure it out forever.

Paul
9 months ago

This article saved my sanity!! My phone refused to vibrate. I took it to the Apple Store on SIX different occasions and they could never figure it out. They kept telling me that it was a software issue and had me wipe the phone’s contents numerous time and start all over (the worst possible process in the world!). Still, the phone refused to vibrate. When I read this article about the magnetic cover, I screamed with delight! I have a Rockform cover that has a magnet in the back. As soon as I took the cover off, the phone started… Read more »

Ramon
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

lol, I’m here looking for some reason as to why mine won’t vibrate, found this article about the magnet, and i’m like holly shit I have a Rokform case on, hahah they should tell you about this in the description.

Praveen Sarat
9 months ago

Brilliantly written troubleshooting

Ellie
11 months ago

Thank you! I didn’t even know about the Accessibility setting and how it would affect the vibration! I’ve been trying for so long to figure this out. Thank you!

J.Parrilla
11 months ago

I haven’t been able to restore my vibration setting for quite some time. I knew there would be someone there on social media to come to the aid of those in need. For this, I thank you. My iPhone 12 Pro Max is back and complete.

Imelda S
11 months ago

I don’t know anything about resetting iPhones, but this is the first one I tried that actually works after two entire months. I don’t even know how I turned it off, but it works!

Murray Wallace
1 year ago

I turned my iPhone off and back on again and it solved it.

Lydia
1 year ago

Oh my God, the Accessibility Settings worked! I must have mistakenly turned off vibration. ???? Thank you so much.