Can You Change or Increase The Vibration on iPhone?

Troy Reeder

iPhone Vibration Settings

Adjusting the vibration settings on an iPhone is a simple way to personalize how you receive notifications. Whether you prefer a soft nudge for a text message or a strong pulse for an important email, your iPhone gives you the flexibility to modify these settings to suit your needs. The process involves a few quick steps within the device’s Settings app, specifically under ‘Sounds & Haptics’ or ‘Sounds’ for older iPhone models. Here you can select different options for calls, texts, and app notifications. Creating a custom vibration pattern is also an option on the iPhone, providing another layer of customization. By accessing the vibration settings you can tap out a unique pattern that will be easy to distinguish, even when the phone is silent. This feature is convenient for those who want to know the type of notification without having to look at their device.

The question a lot of people ask is whether you can increase the intensity of vibrations on an iPhone (up the volume of the vibrations) so that you can hear it better. Unfortunately, the simple answer to that is no. The intensity (loudness) of the vibrations on an iPhone are always fixed and can’t be changed. There is no intensity slider in iPhone settings to let you modify how “loud” or “intense” the vibrations are. But there are some tricks you can utilize to get a similar result. Keep reading below.

Customizing Your iPhone’s Vibrations

Your iPhone uses vibrations (haptic feedback) to alert you for calls, notifications, and even while typing. But did you know you have some control over how your iPhone vibrates? Let’s dive into the settings and learn how to adjust the cadence and patterns of these vibrations.

Changing Vibration Patterns

You can set different vibration patterns for your iPhone’s ringtone, text tone, and other alerts. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to “Sounds & Haptics.”
  3. Select the alert type you want to change (For instance, “Ringtone” or “Text Tone”).
  4. Tap on “Vibration.”
  5. Choose a pre-set vibration pattern or create your own.

Creating a Custom Vibration

  1. Scroll down in the Vibration options and tap “Create New Vibration.”
  2. Tap on your screen to create a pattern. Short taps are short vibrations; longer holds create longer vibrations.
  3. Tap “Save” and give your new vibration a name.

System Haptics

System haptics provides vibrations for things like keyboard clicks and system interactions. Here’s how to toggle it on or off:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
  2. Scroll down to find “System Haptics” and toggle the switch.


It’s important to note that you cannot directly increase the overall intensity of your iPhone’s vibrations. Here’s why:

  • Hardware: The vibration motor inside your iPhone has a fixed strength.
  • Accessibility: Stronger vibrations could drain the battery more quickly, which is important for people with disabilities.

It’s important to understand that while you can’t change the intensity (some people call this volume) of the vibrations of the iPhone, you can change the pattern to be more noticeable.

Tips for Stronger Alerts:

  • Choose louder ringtones and alert tones.
  • Place your iPhone on a hard surface to amplify vibrations.
  • Consider a smartwatch that vibrates on your wrist.
FeatureHow to Adjust It
Vibration PatternsSettings > Sounds & Haptics > [Alert Type] > Vibration
System HapticsSettings > Sounds & Haptics > System Haptics (toggle switch)

Key Takeaways

  • iPhone allows adjustment of vibration settings.
  • Vibration patterns can be customized for different notifications.
  • Settings for vibrations are found in the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ section.

Customizing Vibration Settings on iPhone

iPhones allow for a range of settings to fine-tune the way your device vibrates for calls, texts, and other notifications.

Accessing Vibration Settings

To change your iPhone’s vibration settings, open the Settings app and select Sounds & Haptics. Here, you’ll find options to modify Ringtone, Text Tone, and other alerts.

Creating Custom Vibrations

To make a custom vibration pattern, tap on Ringtone, Text Tone, or another alert and choose Vibration. Then, select Create New Vibration and use your finger to tap out a pattern on the screen. When finished, tap Save and give your custom pattern a name.

Adjusting Vibration for Specific Features

For a specific notification type, navigate to its individual alert setting. There, you can assign different vibrations for Ringtones or Text Tones. You can also adjust vibration settings for emails and reminders in their respective sections.

Assigning Custom Vibrations to Contacts

To set a unique vibration for a specific person, open the Contacts app, select a contact, tap Edit, and choose Text Tone or Ringtone. After that, you can pick a Vibration pattern to associate with that contact.

Can You Manage Vibration Intensity (Volume)?

Not on iPhone. Unfortunately, there is no vibration intensity/volume slider on the iPhone that would let you make it more or less intense to your liking. This might be a feature introduced in a future iPhone, but currently there are limitations to the hardware that won’t allow it. So you’re stuck with the same intensity across all vibration patterns.

What you can do, however, is vary up the pattern so that it’s more recognizable to you. Some people have it solidly vibrate for a long period of time so they notice it better. Others use a random pattern that gets their attention.