Tip: prevent your iPhone from vibrating when it’s on mute

By , Feb 24, 2016

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Toggling the ringer switch on your iPhone is not enough to make it completely silent: the phone will still be quite noisy when it buzzes as you receive a notification or a call.

According to Apple, in ring mode your iPhone plays all sounds and in silent mode it doesn’t ring or play alerts and other sound effects, but it “may still vibrate.” Thankfully, you can change this behavior with a quick toggle in Settings that’ll prevent your iPhone from vibrating when it’s silenced, here’s how.

How to prevent your iPhone from vibrating when it’s on mute

To make your phone entirely silent when it’s on mute, do the following:

1) Go to Settings → Sounds.

2) Flip the Vibrate on Mute switch to the OFF position. This shall prevent your iPhone from making any noise whatsoever.

iOS 9 Settings Sounds Vibrate on Silent

If you want to temporarily silence incoming calls, alerts and sound effects, toggle the ringer switch or set a scheduled Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone.

RELATED: How to schedule Do Not Disturb mode on iPhone and iPad

Clock alarms still sound when the ringer switch is set to silent.

Custom vibration patterns for specific contacts

In Settings → Sounds, you can also change ringtones and alert tones, vibration settings and patterns and ringer and alert volumes. To create a custom vibration pattern, choose an item underneath the Sounds and Vibration Patterns heading and then tap Vibration to select a pattern or create your own.

Creating distinctive vibration patterns for notifications from specific apps is an effective way of differentiating important notifications from those that can wait without having to pull your device out of the pocket. You can also assign different ringtones for specific contacts: just launch Contacts, choose a contact, tap Edit and then Ringtone.

Hat tip goes to iDownloadBlog reader Christoph Parstorfer.

Shoot us your how-to submissions coming at tips@iDownloadBlog.com.

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  • Tommy

    have you guys seen this guy eMTW or something like that on twitter?

  • jo3y

    I normally just turn on DND mode on to have it completely silent.

  • diggitydang

    I think the 6s and 6s+ have a different vibration engine that allows a stronger vibration but isn’t that loud buzz anymore. I can attest to it being true on my 6s.

    DND is good but it needs to implement the jailbreak tweak functionality of “Disturb Me Later”. Instead of toggling on, you can hold it and set a time length for it to be activated. It’s perfect for me in meetings.

    • Edgar Barrios

      honestly don’t know how you compared the “buzz” of the vibration but on my iP6+ its horrible I have the vibrate turned off when on silent. Its the only way to really keep it silent otherwise the buzzing noise its really bothersome.