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iPhone 4 not vibrating at all

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  • Jscott2two Calculating status...
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    Aug 15, 2010 11:17 PM (in response to mrshinyteeth)
    Wow, it's sad to say but yes, I had to smack my beautiful iphone4 to make it vibrate. Thanks for the advice! Never thought a good love tap would do the job!
    Iphone4, iOS 4, Macbook
  • stevenkps Calculating status...
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    Aug 23, 2010 8:39 AM (in response to Jscott2two)
    i am having this problem as well... how did everyone tap or smack it ? hard or just soft ? actually i did it both but not working... but i dont wanna to have a refurbish phone. can anyone post a pic that area i should tap/ smack... pls... my iphone 4 just arrived and I just stick the screen protection... i dont wanna waste it
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • kalifa Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2010 7:05 PM (in response to whoknows7)
    Hi. My iPhone 4 had same problem.
    No vibration at all.

    I just follow suggestion and installed iBrate app
    Started the vibration option on iBrate and hit The iPhone on my hand a few times.
    It just started vibration.
    Something was jammed and its fixed now
    MacBook Pro, iOS 4
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    Aug 30, 2010 7:00 PM (in response to whoknows7)
    thanks a lot to mrshinyteeth . smack it against ur palm really works!!
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    Sep 10, 2010 3:37 PM (in response to whoknows7)
    Just want to chime in that I had the same problem, tried that fix and it actually worked. Thanks for the help!!
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    Sep 13, 2010 11:29 PM (in response to whoknows7)
    I tried, however not working for me. Have to give the phone to the company IT support staff.

    Did I not whacked it hard enough? confused... and disappointing...
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • freshHua_SZ Calculating status...
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    Sep 21, 2010 12:45 AM (in response to whoknows7)
    My two iPhone 4 have the same problem.
    iOS is 4.1.

    hardware or software ?

    If not vibrate, it is very easy to miss the incoming call.
    iOS 4
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    Sep 21, 2010 5:25 AM (in response to mevvan)

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    Re: iPhone 4 not vibrating at all
    Posted: Aug 1, 2010 1:01 PM in response to: whoknows7 Reply Email

    I bought my iphone 4 on friday the 30/7. And now i see i got the same problem as you guys. It works for like 5 minutes when i "hit" it. I am really mad and the phones in Sweden is sold out. How do iphone replace the phone Can i keep it until the new phone arrives ?

    lämna in den och vänta i 4 veckor just like i am doing
  • freshHua_SZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2010 5:20 AM (in response to whoknows7)
    Use "iBrate" app and pat the area near the motor very kindly.
    My two iPhone 4 can vibrate.

    Than you for the help.
    iOS 4
  • PartisanEntity Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 2:05 PM (in response to mrshinyteeth)
    Thanks so much. Your solution worked. Clever and simple.

    Disapointing that one has to deal with something like this on a brand new state of the art device.
    MacBook 4.1, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • darmaster Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2010 11:42 AM (in response to mrshinyteeth)
    Wow... At first when I read your post, I thought that you must be kidding...

    I did what you noted and it fixed my phone.

    U R A genius!
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • pl4ter Calculating status...
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    Nov 17, 2010 1:09 AM (in response to Jscott2two)
    Hello, first time poster at the apple forum.

    I have a similar problem with the vibration. My iphone vibrates, but then its really weak. to a point where i know its vibrating when its in my hand and me looking at it. But when its in my pocket, i wouldnt feel anything at all.

    I have tried downloading the iBrate app and i tried the method of just gently tapping on where the motor is and it works. But only for a little while. After around an hr or so, it will go back to the same way of the weak motor.

    Anyone know how i can fix this problem? or do i just have to send in the phone to apple?
  • Bundito Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2010 1:39 PM (in response to pl4ter)
    I've had to do the iBrate/thump fix twice in the last three days. It works, but it sure seems like a recurring problem.

    Does anyone yet know the cause of this? Is the motor dirty and getting jammed? Does it have anything to with the motor being so close to the headphone jack? Repeated plugging and unplugging fouling something up? Or is it something nasty like pocket lint getting in through the jack port?

    I'm normally not afraid to open up my gadgets and do my own maintenance. But we're talking about a $300 phone from a company not known for their love of hackers and tinkerers. Anyway, I suspect unscrewing those two little screws on the bottom would void my warranty instantly - am I correct?

    If this persists, is my only option to hit the local Apple Store (some time AFTER Black Friday) and try to get it repaired/replaced? But, again, is this affecting all phones? Or just some? If it's a defect in manufacturing - hey, it happens - I'll go through the hassle of replacement. But if a replaced phone is going to start acting up in a few months... hm.

    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • JBULLFROGDOTCOM Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2010 9:06 PM (in response to whoknows7)
    I also have been experiencing this. The other day my iphone 4 just stopped vibrating. I downloaded the iBrate app, and when I tap the upper left front side of the iphone it will vibrate. As soon as I turn the off the iBrate app, and turn it back on it will not vibrate unless i tap the front again. I also just updated to iOS 4.2.1 so I don't know if that is also the issue. It would seem as though this is a manufacturing defect. I plan on going into the local apple store, but I bought the iphone from Best Buy, so I don't know if they will do anything. I'm an iOS developer and test app builds on this device daily and take business call's (when I notice a call coming in that is, no thanks to the vibrating that should be working), I also don't want to be out of a phone if they insist on it being shipped out to get repairs. Has anyone brought their iphone in and received a new one on the spot before leaving the store? If so did they keep your old one? I have important data on the device and don't want to just hand my phone over.
    iphone, iOS 4, 4.2.1
  • Jmac69 Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2010 12:49 PM (in response to mrshinyteeth)
    you sir, are a genius. thanks for that. Mine is now fixed as well!
    PC, Windows 7
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