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Vibration Not Working On iPhone – How To Fix It

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If you use vibration on your iPhone, and if you are used to it, it may be very frustrating if the iPhone not vibrating for no apparent reason. The first thing you will think is that you need to call Apple but maybe you won’t need the professional assistance or service repair. Sometimes, the vibration problem can be fixed just by trying out some simple tricks. We are going to list a few solutions, and we hope one of them will work for you. Without further ado, let’s see how to fix vibration on iPhone.

See also: How To Fix iPhone Overheating Issue

Why iPhone Does Not Vibrate?

What cause iPhone vibrating not working are various. We can divide it into 2 factors: Software or Hardware issues. You may have changed one of iPhone feature settings or the phone bugs. If it’s so, the issues are related to Software and can be solved easily.

Vibration Not Working On iPhone
Vibration Not Working On iPhone

Solutions To Fix Vibration Not Working On iPhone


Toggle Ring/Silent Switch


You can find the ring/silent switch on the left side of your iPhone. The function is to change the ring or silent mode of your iPhone with ease. Usually, if you switch it from ring to silent, the iPhone will vibrate. So, if your iPhone stopped vibrating, you can try to toggle this switch button. You can do it 2 or 3 times. Make sure you do it properly.

  • To ensure there is no dirt or dust cover the ring/silent switch, you can clean it using a dust blower or a toothpick. Do it gently and carefully.
  • Unlock your iPhone.
  • Toggle the switch button from ring to silent several times. Usually, the iPhone will vibrate if we switch the button from ring to silent.



Tap The Phone With Your Fingers

This may sound crazy to use, but sometimes, the vibration mechanism is stuck. In order to fix it, all you need to do is to tap the phone with your fingers several times, but make sure to do it gently. For many people, this solved the problem.


Vibration Settings

Changes in the settings can fix your problem. Navigate to Settings, tap on Sound, choose Ringtone, and then Vibration. Choose the vibration pattern you want, or create your own pattern.



Play With Your Ringtones

It may sound ridiculous, but this may be the answer. Change the ringtones, and play with sounds. All of a sudden, the vibration may start working normally again.


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Disable Do Not Disturb


Do Not Disturb is a useful feature on iPhone. What happens if you enable this feature? Your iPhone will not ring or vibrate, but it still allows the phone calls comes in. Check at the top-left side of your iPhone screen. If you see the moon icon, it means the Do Not Disturb mode is activated. Here are the steps to deactivate it:

  • Go to Control Center by swiping up from any screen of your iPhone.
  • Tap the moon icon to turn it off.


  • Open Settings >> Do Not Disturb, tap the button next to it once and make sure the color is gray.
  • On the same screen, make sure the button of Manually section is not green. If it is, tap once to turn it off.



Restart Your Device

To restart your iPhone, press and hold the sleep/wake button, and slider to turn it off. Repeat the same thing to turn it on.

Update IOS

Do you have the latest version of iOS installed? If not, upgrade your device. Here is how you can do that:

  • Connect your iPhone 5 to a power source
  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network
  • Go to Settings > General > Software update
  • Tap Download and Install.

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Reset All Settings

You will reset the iPhone settings to factory defaults, and the data you have on your device won’t be deleted. It is a pretty simple thing to do that requires just a few taps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Reset
  • Tap Reset all settings
  • When a pop-up window shows up, tap Reset all settings to confirm your action.

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Erase All Content And Settings

If the previous solutions did not solve the problem, you can erase your iPhone, meaning not just the settings but your data as well. Create a backup first.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Erase all content and settings
  • In a pop-up window tap Erase iPhone
  • Once everything is erased, your device will reboot
  • Set up your iPhone as a new device by following the on-screen steps.

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Restore iPhone

This method will bring your iPhone to its factory settings. The process will erase your data, that is why you should back up it before starting the process.

  • Install the latest version of iTunes software
  • Open iTunes
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer
  • Select your iPhone
  • In the Summary panel, look for the option “Restore iPhone” and click on it
  • Click Restore to confirm your action
  • Once you do this, iTunes will erase your iPhone and it will install the latest version of the iOS software
  • When this is completed, your iPhone will restart

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These problems / solutions are found and effective on  iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


If  the vibration not working on iPhone issue still appears even though you tried these solutions, it may be a hardware problem – contact Apple or visit one of their stores.


  1. Man, you made my day! I simply tapped (rather aggressively though) my iPhone SE and it fixed the issue 🙂

  2. Merci! J’ai tapé doucement sur mon iPhone et j’ai testé à nouveau le bouton on/off du volume et ça a fonctionné! Merci!

  3. I restored my device yesterday but problem found same. I just thought I should try tapping phone with fingers once, after doing 4-5 times it actually worked. Thank you so much.

  4. I have found a way the must easy to fix this issue all i did was go to Setting >> General >> Accessibility >> Vibration >> turn on and it worked for me simple.

    1. Why didn’t I think if checking the accessibility section? I’ve been sans vibration for months (my husband was tinkering with my phone ‘s settings) and it drove me nuts since I keep missing phone calls! Thanks for pointing this out.

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