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sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
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Jun 24, 2010 6:34 PM
when I turn the phone on vibrate mode via the switch and I get a text message the phone does not vibrate to let me know that the text came in is there a setting somewhere I am missing to get a vibrate when a text comes in?
macbook pro 17 inch, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • BugsBunnyWCV Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jun 24, 2010 6:37 PM (in response to sn4p2k)
    Make sure that you check on

    Settings --> sounds

    that under Ring, Vibrate is ON and Text is selected
    Windows XP Pro
  • whoknows7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 24, 2010 9:33 PM (in response to sn4p2k)
    I'm having a similar problem except mine doesn't vibrate for texts or calls. And yes, vibrate is on in the settings.
    Windows 7
  • dtflick1 Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2010 9:14 AM (in response to sn4p2k)
    I have the same problem. No vibrate at all. When I flip the switch, I get the indicator on the screen, but no vibrate when calls come in or texts. Also, no vibrate when I flip the switch.

    The other strange thing I've noticed is that the speaker seems pretty tinny. Maybe its just because it is new and has to break in, but I don't remember my 3G or 3GS sounding like this.

    Anyone else?
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • dellerton Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2010 2:48 PM (in response to dtflick1)
    Same for me here.. Weird. All settings correct. If in silent mode, no vibrate or "wake up" when a text comes in.
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • dtflick1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 26, 2010 3:40 PM (in response to sn4p2k)
    Just to update everyone:

    I made appointment and my apple store and took my phone in and explained the problem. The store keeps a bunch of product in the back that is not for retail sale (which I found out is SOP for all stores) in case of such issues with new products. They replaced my phone with a brand new one right out of the box, activated in in the store, and I restored it when I got home. No problems to report on the replacement phone. If you're having any problems I recommend making an appointment and going into the apple store and getting a replacement. They should have a small back stock for such instances. Good luck.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • applepup Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 26, 2010 10:16 PM (in response to sn4p2k)
    Well I'm glad I found this post. I thought I was the only one having this issue. My vibrate function doesn't work sometimes when getting a text message either. When I turn the phone off and on again, the problem is fixed for a while. I'm hoping it's a sw issue that will be addressed soon. Some have said that the vibrate mechanism gets stuck and a free app like iBrate loosens it up if you run it for a bit. I'm going to give it a shot, but I'm doubtful it's a "stuck" issue. Seems like a sw thing to me. I don't remember if iOS4 messed up my 3Gs like this, i only got to mess with it for 2 days before I upgraded to the 4 model.
    iPhone 4, Windows XP
  • dellerton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 27, 2010 6:24 AM (in response to applepup)
    Something to do with multitasking?
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Yoyi Calculating status...
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    Jul 16, 2010 11:27 AM (in response to sn4p2k)
    I had the same issue but I think it's not a problem. Try this

    Settings -> Sounds

    And make sure that Vibrate is set to ON and in the New Tex Message you have anything other than None.

    Seems that if you have None (sound selected) in New Text Message it wont even vibrate.

    Hope this help
    iOS 4
  • smaragdite Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2011 10:25 AM (in response to sn4p2k)

    tried doing that. no luck...

  • AM_Kidd Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:55 PM (in response to sn4p2k)

    if you want it to vibrate for texts make sure that vibrate is on for silent and its also on under ringer and alerts but more specifically make sure you have a text tone


    the text tone will not play if you keep your phone on silent mode, instead it will vibrate twice notifying you of new texts


    hope this helped!

  • DidiY Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2011 8:29 AM (in response to sn4p2k)

    Setting Alert tone other than 'None' for text worked for me until i restarted my phone one day and never worked after that. I worked around the issue by creating my own alert and ringer sound with 'no sound' in it and synced it to my phone and i used that as my alert and ringer tone. That way it still play the tone but since it is a quite tone you don't hear anything but vibrate only.


    You can check this link to see how you can make your own tones.






    Not fair to have gone through all this just to put my phone on vibrate only!!!

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