You can miss a lot of notifications if your iPhone 14 doesn’t vibrate, especially when it’s in Silent mode. So, try these troubleshooting steps.
While it can be handy to hear your iPhone ring when you receive a new text or email, at other times, having your phone make loud sounds can be annoying.
In those instances, vibrations are handy, since they still alert you to any notifications without disturbing those around you.
Vibrations provide haptic feedback, which allows you to feel rather than hear your notifications. This feature can be useful when your phone’s volume is turned on as well, as you might feel it vibrating in your pocket even if the speaker is muffled.
To ensure your iPhone can vibrate to notify you at all times, here’s what you can do when you notice your iPhone 14 is not vibrating on Silent or Ring mode.
Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
1. Turn On System Haptics
Haptic feedback is an iPhone feature that provides a physical response, usually in the form of a subtle pulse or vibration, as you interact with your device. If you don’t enable System Haptics, this will cause your iPhone 14 to not vibrate at all.
To turn on System Haptics, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics. Then, toggle on System Haptics.
2. Enable Vibration in Accessibility
Besides Sounds & Haptics, another place you need to check is your Accessibility settings. If vibration isn’t enabled here, your iPhone 14 won’t vibrate on Silent or Ring mode either.
Therefore, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, and then toggle on Vibration.
3. Check Your Vibration Setting for Ring and Silent Mode
Now, if your iPhone vibrates on Silent mode but doesn’t on Ring mode (or vice versa), it’s likely because you set a different vibration preference for each mode. To check this, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
If you want your iPhone to vibrate regardless of the mode selected, toggle on both Play Haptics in Ring Mode and Play Haptics in Silent Mode.
4. Check the Selected Vibration Pattern for Each Alert
If you have gone through the three troubleshooting methods above, but your iPhone 14 is still not vibrating on Silent or Ring mode, it’s time to check your vibration pattern settings.
Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics. Under the Sounds and Haptics Pattern section, let’s start by tapping on Ringtone. Then, tap Vibration.
This is where you can set custom vibration alerts on your iPhone. But among the vibration options available, notice that one of them is None, which means your iPhone 14 won’t vibrate at all if you select this.
Check that you have Synchronized or one of the Standard vibration patterns selected, such as Accent or Alert. If you have Custom selected, tap on it to play the vibration recording and make sure it’s not just an accidental replica of None.
After you select a valid vibration pattern for Ringtone, go back to the Sounds and Haptics Pattern list. Repeat these steps for Text Tone, New Voicemail, New Mail, and so on.
5. Update Your iPhone
Apple’s iOS software updates often come with bug fixes and performance improvements. So, if your iPhone 14 won’t vibrate after trying the above methods, it may simply be a bug in the software itself.
Therefore, updating your iPhone may be the solution when your device doesn’t vibrate on Silent or Ring mode. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
6. Restart Your iPhone
Software glitches can sometimes prevent your iPhone 14 from vibrating, whether it’s on Ring or Silent mode. In such cases, simply restarting your iPhone will resolve the problem, making this troubleshooting step worth trying. Go to Settings > General > Shut Down.
7. Reset All Settings
If all else fails, you can attempt to reset all settings on your iPhone. This procedure returns all settings on your device to the default factory state.
If you have a lot of data on your device, the process can take quite a while, so you should only try this method when you don’t need to use your iPhone immediately.
Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset. Choose Reset All Settings.
Do not accidentally select Erase All Content and Settings, as this will delete all the data on your iPhone.
Can You Enable Vibration for Calls and Texts Only on Your iPhone 14?
If the solutions above worked and your iPhone can vibrate on Silent and Ring mode again, there’s still a dilemma—what if you want your iPhone to only vibrate for incoming calls and texts, but not system haptics?
You’re not alone if you find the vibration from haptic feedback irritating and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, there’s no way to enable vibration for calls and texts only on your iPhone right now. Once you toggle off System Haptics or Vibration, it turns off all iPhone vibrations.
However, you can sacrifice vibration on Ring mode to make your iPhone vibrate only in Silent mode. To get this, you need to:
Toggle on System Haptics in Sounds & Haptics.
Toggle off Play Haptics in Ring Mode, then toggle on Play Haptics in Silent Mode.
Toggle on Vibration in Accessibility > Touch.
Fixed iPhone 14 not vibrating on Silent or Ring mode issue
We hope this list of fixes has helped you solve the problem if your iPhone 14 isn’t vibrating on Silent or Ring mode. Since the old days of Nokia phones, vibrations have always helped make sure we don’t miss out on a call or text.
When it comes to the iPhone, the key is turning on System Haptics and Vibration and ensuring you have a functioning vibration pattern selected for the alerts.