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Any way to stop phone from vibrating when on a call?

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darcyfitzpatrick Calculating status...
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Jan 11, 2011 2:00 PM
It happens all the time.

I'm on a call, thoroughly enjoying life, in a state of total and utter relaxation.


Right in my ear, the iPhone completely shatters my calm. All because I got a text or an e-mail.

I appreciate the notification, and I have my iPhone set to vibrate for texts and e-mails because when the phone's in my pocket the vibration definitely helps to notify me, but maybe the tone/chyme is enough when I'm on a call.

And by maybe, I mean definitely. There is no good reason I can think of why I'd want this sneak attach vibration terrorizing the side of my skull. It's simply unpleasant and often times unnerving.

Does anyone know if there's anything that can be done about it? I've searched, but have come up with nothing apart from completely disabling the vibrate option, or remembering to always switch the phone to silent (with vibrate off for silent in the settings) every time I take or make a call, which is awfully inconvenient and still results in occasionally forgetting, relaxing and then being punished.

Maybe there's a setting I'm missing somewhere?

Thanks for taking the time.

MacBook Pro 15" i7, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone 4
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,280 points)
    Settings>Sounds>Ringer and Alerts>Vibrate>Off.
    MacBook Pro
  • Kurt Gillispie Calculating status...
    I have the same issue and it drives me crazy. I submitted a bug report because it obviously started after updating to 4.2 and it never did it before that. They messed something up on that v.
  • Sean Houghton Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)

    This problem drives me crazy. Just about every time I answer a phone call the thing vibrates. My theory is that the phone does a "new notification" check whenever you initiate a phone call so the likelyhood of getting your skull rattled is much higher.


    I called the tech support line just to verify that there is no way to turn it off and he confirmed that it's "always been that way."

  • conej730 Calculating status...

    I agree completely with you.  I HATE having the phone vibrate against my head, but I like it to vibrate in my pocket in case I can't hear the alert.  I do wish they would give us that option.




  • billys65 Calculating status...

    Has there been a cure for this yet?? I'm with you!! My ear gets a nice massage when talking. And its distracting. Trying to talk to my bro and 5 or 6 emails come through and my ear takes a pounding. I don't mean to whine but it gets VERY old. Any solutions?!?!?

  • scaleless Calculating status...

    It is absolutely absurd that this feature is not available. The phone is already designed to KNOW when it is held to your face (the screen turns off when you hold it to your head to talk), so there is no reason to deal with this incredibly annoying issue. The possibility of having to turn vibrate on and off every time you take a call during the day is ridiculous. This feature better be built into iphone 5.

  • GodRaine Calculating status...

    Checking around for a fix to this issue, I can see that it has been a problem for many years for iPhone users, and no fix yet to this day.  I'm using an iPhone 4 with iOS 6.0.1 (10A523) and am also one of those folks that gets anywhere from 6 - 7 emails at once (I manage a team).  Some have said that the buzzing noise does not come through the call, but it most certainly does. "Aha, you're on an iPhone, I see" is a comment I've gotten before.  This is an irritating, embarassing issue with circus workarounds at best and for an organization that prides itself on exceptional ease-of-use, it is rather fascinating that not only has this problem ever existed, but even worse, that it has not been fixed since iOS 4.2. Someone, please, anywhere in Apple, figure this **** out!

  • JoeKroog Calculating status...

    I came to this post with the same frustration. Your dialogue helped me to troubleshoot and solve the problem - sort of.


    iPhone 5 (and probably others)

    > Settings > Sounds > New Mail >

    **change "Vibration" at top of list to "None"


    I don't have a need for my phone to vibrate everytime I receive an email ... so this is a bit of a holistic solution for me.


    Good luck and hopefully this tweak helps you too.

  • TimW500 Calculating status...

    I find this really annoying too. I just switched from a Galaxy S2 to an iPhone 5 and I'm considering going back because of this. I can't believe something so simple has been left out of this phone. I can't think why you'd ever want it to vibrate while you have it held to your face, or even just when you're on a call. Makes the vibrate on e-mail almost useless.

  • _-PeterP-_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey there is a solution to this issue: buy any Nokia phone from like last 10 years. Smart or dumbphone, does not matter. Those fine Finnish heads have had this problem sorted out a long time ago.


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