How to use custom vibration alerts on your iPhone

How to set custom alert vibrations or disable them on your iPhone

iOS 6 now gives you even more flexibility when it comes to creating custom alerts on your iPhone. This includes the ability to set custom vibrations for ringtones, text tones, and more, and to enable and disable them on an app-by-app basis.

How to change the preset vibration pattern on iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Sounds.
  3. If you scroll down you'll see where you can set individual sounds and alerts for things like your ringtone, text tone, voicemail, and more. Tap on the item you'd like to change the vibration alert for.
  4. At the top, tap on the Vibration label.
  5. You've got quite a few choices of pre-made vibration alerts that you can choose from. Tap on them to see what they are. Once you've found the one you want, just select it so the checkmark appears next to it.
  6. That's it. Just repeat this process for any kind of alert you want to change the vibration pattern for.

How to create and set your own vibration patterns on iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Sounds.
  3. If you scroll down you'll see where you can set individual sounds and alerts for things like your ringtone, text tone, voicemail, and more. Tap on the item you'd like to change the vibration alert for.
  4. At the top, tap on the Vibration label.
  5. Scroll past the pre-made vibration alert patterns to where you see the label for Custom and tap on Create New Vibration.
  6. Tap anywhere in the screen to start creating your custom vibration pattern. Holding your finger down will create a longer vibration sequence where tapping on the screen will create short bursts of vibration.
  7. Once you're done, just tap the Stop button. You can then hit the Play button to play it back. If you're not happy with it, just repeat the process.
  8. When you are happy with it, just tap the Save button and you'll be prompted to give it a name.
  9. You'll now see your custom vibration appear under the Custom section. You can create as many as you want and use them for any kind of alert notification you'd like.

How to disable vibration alerts on a per app basis on iPhone

If you don't want to disable vibration alerts altogether but just want certain alerts to have the feature, you can now do so easily by disabling them one by one and leaving the vibration alerts on for the alerts you want them for.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Sounds.
  3. If you scroll down you'll see where you can set individual sounds and alerts for things like your ringtone, text tone, voicemail, and more. Tap on the item you'd like to change the vibration alert for.
  4. At the top, tap on the Vibration label.
  5. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on None.
  6. That's it. That specific alert will not go off with vibration attached to it. You can repeat this process for any app you don't want a vibration alert for.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

jmhenry5150 says:

Please Apple, let us disable vibrations for alarms.

cr9yer says:

One question: (i know it doesnt fit to this post, sorry) but what is the thing about http://devteamblog.blogspot.com/ ? Greetz

MikeNNN says:

I don't see how I can set vibration alerts on my iPad 3. Is this iPhone only?

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Fixed. Sorry guys. I'm so used to putting "iPhone and iPad" - that was a mistake on my part. No, it's iPhone only. Sorry again. Ninja fail :P

rewNATION says:

couldn't you do this on iOS 5?

rgsteele says:

Yes, you could create custom vibration patterns on iOS 5, but the feature was hidden under the Accessibility features. I don't think you could apply them to different alert types, only to individual contacts.