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Why Does My iPhone Randomly Vibrates and How to Fix it?

Are you wondering why your iPhone randomly vibrates? This usually happens when you’ve downloaded a third-party app and it’s notification settings are not configured correctly. So, it might beep but you won’t see any visible notifications.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through some troubleshooting steps to try if your iPhone is vibrating for seemingly no reason at all.

How to Fix Random Vibration on iPhone

Check Your Sound Settings

If some of your sound settings are set to “Vibrate”, that could explain why your iPhone randomly vibrates. Go to Settings, select Sounds, and go to Sounds and Vibration Patterns.

Check which options are set to Vibrate, edit them, restart your iOS device, and check if the issue persists. If it does, go to Settings, tap Accessibility, go to Touch, and select Vibration. Temporarily disable this option and check if you notice any improvements.

Reboot iPhone

Though it may sound obvious or silly, simply turning your device off and back on again can sometimes help resolve unusual issues, so this is a good thing to try early on when troubleshooting an issue.

Disable Mail Notifications

Whenever you receive new mail notifications, the built-in Mail app on your iPhone will automatically vibrate. Change this by adjusting your email notifications.

Here’s how:

  • Open Settings > Tap on Sounds
  • Select New Mail
  • Choose Vibration
  • Click None

Or

  • Go to Settings > Notification Center
  • Choose Mail
  • Tap on your email account
  • Click on Alerts
  • Ensure that Vibration is set to None

Log Out of Mail

If Gmail is your primary mail app, log out of the built-in Mail app. Go to Settings, select Accounts & Passwords, select the account linked to the Mail app and disable Mail.

Force Reboot (Hard Reset)

If none of the above tricks work, you might be dealing with an error or a glitch. Try clearing the problem with a force-restart. The force-reboot process depends on the iPhone model you own.

In case you’re wondering, no, you won’t lose any data. All the apps and processes on your device would just be closed abruptly.

Here’s what iPhone users with Face ID have to do:

  • Press and then let go of the Volume Up button
  • Press and then let go of Volume Down button
  • Hold the Power button until the Apple screen appears

iPhone 8 and SE (2nd generation):

  • Press and release the Volume Up button
  • Press and release the Volume Down button
  • Hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears

iPhone 7:

  • Hold down the Lock and Volume Down buttons simultaneously
  • Let go when the Apple logo pops up

iPhone 6S and SE (first generation):

  • Hold down the Lock and Home buttons simultaneously
  • Let go when the Apple logo appears

Update Your Device and Apps

Check for updates and install the latest app and iOS updates on your device. Go to Settings, tap General, and select Software Update to install the latest iOS version on your terminal. To update your apps, open the App Store, and tap your profile picture to list all the available updates. Tap the Update button to install them.

Factory Reset

As a near last resort, you can attempt a full factory reset of your iPhone. This will wipe all apps and data from your device, so be sure you’ve made a backup before doing so!

Reset Settings

If nothing so far has helped stopped your iPhone from randomly vibrating, you might want to try resetting all device settings to their factory default. This will not delete any data or apps but you will need to reconfigure many things again and things like saved passwords will be lost.

Contact Apple

Most of the time, iPhones vibrate randomly when they are dealing with water damage. There’s nothing you can do about this other than to let the pros at your local Apple store fix your phone.

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