If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro doesn’t vibrate when you get a call or message, here are a variety of ways to fix the problem.
Some of the problems users are experiencing include the following:
- iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro does not vibrate at all for incoming calls or texts or when Silent Mode is enabled.
- iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro vibrating stopped working for app notifications.
Your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro may not vibrate for incoming calls or messages due to misconfigured settings, software bugs, or hardware problems. Because of these issues, you can unknowingly miss important family and work calls or messages, which is never good.
But don’t worry. Let’s look at some reasons why your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro might not vibrate, then walk through solutions to fix this issue.
Why Does My iPhone 12/12 Pro Not vibrate?
Your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro may not be vibrating because of hardware or software problems. If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro hasn’t suffered a hard fall or other physical damage, you can probably rule out hardware failure as the reason for not getting a vibration.
Once you are confident that the hardware is not the cause of the problem, the most likely reasons for your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro not vibrating are misconfigured settings or temporary glitches. This includes having the phone in Do Not Disturb or airplane mode, silencing unknown callers, and similar.
The steps below will address all these problems. Let’s get started.
Fix iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro vibration not working
Check your settings
Ensure that vibration is enabled on your iPhone. Check the following:
- iPhone’s includes an accessibility setting that can turn off all vibrations on your device. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Vibration. And ensure that Vibration is turned on.
- The second setting to check is the Sounds settings. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics and then ensure that “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent” are turned on. If, for example, your iPhone rings but does not vibrate, this may be the cause.
Confirm Do Not Disturb Is Disabled
The Do Not Disturb feature on iPhone disables sound and vibration for call, text, and app notifications. If you’ve accidentally enabled DND, your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro won’t vibrate on incoming calls or messages.
To check this, launch the Control Center and check if the crescent moon icon is purple with its box lit up. When the icon is purple, that means DND is enabled; tap this box to turn it off. Now your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro should vibrate when you receive any notification.
After trying the above solutions, the second step is to check if the phone’s vibration feature is working or not. If it is not working, there is not much you can do. It is highly likely that your phone has hardware issues. Here is how:
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Sounds & Haptics.
- Tap Ringtone under the Sounds and Vibration Patterns.
- Tap Vibration.
- Tap the Synchronized (Default) option or any other option.
Does your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro vibrate? If it is vibrating, your problem is software. Try the next steps to fix the issue. If vibration does not work, this is a hardware problem.
If you are having trouble with the vibration because of hardware issues, you have basically two options:
If you are still having this problem, ensure that your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. You can check this by going to Settings > General > Software Update. And if there is an update, follow the onscreen instructions to update your iPhone.
Restart Your iPhone
Restarting your device is a simple and effective way to fix common issues without much trouble. If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro won’t vibrate after trying the above, turn off your iPhone and turn it back on after a minute before moving on. Follow the steps below:
- Start by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics And then turn off both “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent”.
- Next, restart your iPhone by going to settings > General > Shut Down.
- Now go back to Settings > Sounds & Haptics and turn on “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent”.
Are you having vibration problems with one of your apps, such as Messages, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Mail, etc? For example, when you get WhatsApp messages, your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro does not vibrate? Or Does your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro not vibrate when you have a Facebook notification? If this is the case, you may want to check the app’s settings.
You can adjust your apps’ notification settings to ensure that Vibration is turned on. Here is how:
Head over to Settings > Notifications. Tap an app that is not alerting you by vibrating and then select Sounds > Vibration and ensure that a Vibration style is selected. If the “None” option is selected, your device will not vibrate.
Some third-party apps may offer additional customizations. For example, in the WhatsApp example, ensure that Vibrate in In-App Notifications is enabled. You can check this by going to Settings > Notifications > WhatsApp > WhatsApp Notification Settings > In-App Notifications > and ensure that Vibrate is enabled. You can access this setting within WhatsApp too by going to WhatsApp > Settings > Notifications > In-App Notifications.
Turn Off Silence Unknown Callers
The Silence Unknown Callers feature mutes all incoming calls from people not in your contact list. It also suppresses vibrations for people you have never contacted or received their phone number (via call, text, or email).
So if someone like a distant relative or delivery person calls, your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro will not vibrate with this setting enabled. To fix this, follow the steps below:
- Start the Settings app and go to Phone.
- If you see On next to Silence Unknown Callers, tap this field and turn the slider off from the next screen.
Now, your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro should vibrate for all incoming calls.
Reset All Settings
If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro won’t vibrate after trying the above solutions, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will not erase personal data like music, photos, and apps. However, all settings you have changed, like Wi-Fi, the Home Screen layout, notifications, and more, will return to default. It’s a bit of a hassle, but it confirms that no settings are causing your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro not to vibrate.
iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro vibration not working? Fixed!
By now, your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro vibration problem should be fixed, ensuring you do not miss future notifications. To check, ask a friend or family member to call you. If you have any other questions, drop a comment and let us know.