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Old Jan 16, 2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Random Whistle Sound and Vibrate

For the last few days my iPhone 5 has randomly started making a whistle sound, like a referee whistle, and does a short vibrate with it. I can't for the life of me figure out what it's supposed to be. I've checked all my notifications, and even went through all the notification sounds available, and it's nothing I can find. I checked all the different apps in the notification center settings, and tried searching, but can't for the life of me figure out what's causing this brief whistle sound and vibration.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Have you reset your phone? (Hold Power & Home buttons simultaneously, releasing both when the apple appears on the black screen.) Sometimes that's all it takes to get rid of a glitch.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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Was there any adverse weather in your area? If you're on iOS 6, there was a severe weather alert built in. So it might have been that. I remember it went off once for me and it was really loud and alarming. If its not that then I have no idea what else it could be. Sorry if I'm of no help. 😄
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 12:45 AM   #4
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My iPhone 5 randomly vibrates a couple of times each day. No notifications are shown on the screen. Frankly I can't be bothered to troubleshoot it - there are just too many possibilities for the cause.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 01:36 AM   #5
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I haven't heard of anyone else having trouble either.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 06:52 AM   #6
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Have you reset your phone? (Hold Power & Home buttons simultaneously, releasing both when the apple appears on the black screen.) Sometimes that's all it takes to get rid of a glitch.
Yes, I have. That's always the first suggestion I give when someone has a problem too.

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Was there any adverse weather in your area? If you're on iOS 6, there was a severe weather alert built in. So it might have been that. I remember it went off once for me and it was really loud and alarming. If its not that then I have no idea what else it could be. Sorry if I'm of no help. 😄
Nope, it's been sunny and beautiful.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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OP, your phone is giving you a compliment, you're looking pretty good these days.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:04 AM   #8
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OP, your phone is giving you a compliment, you're looking pretty good these days.
That sure is nice of it, but I wish it would just say so instead of beat around the bush. It seems like it happens around 8pm or so, a little after I get home from work. Still can't figure out what or why though.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:49 AM   #9
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The whistle sound is the default sound for a tweet on twitter. Have u recently activated a twitter acct?
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:51 AM   #10
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The whistle sound is the default sound for a tweet on twitter. Have u recently activated a twitter acct?
Excellent point. I tested this. How about it, OP?
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:59 AM   #11
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Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby, let me know.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 04:26 PM   #12
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The whistle sound is the default sound for a tweet on twitter. Have u recently activated a twitter acct?
It isn't like a whistle a person makes with their mouth (like the twitter sound). It's a short burst, like a referee blowing a whistle at a sporting event.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:09 PM   #13
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It isn't like a whistle a person makes with their mouth (like the twitter sound). It's a short burst, like a referee blowing a whistle at a sporting event.
Do you have any sportscenter apps or other sports-related apps on your device? That could be the notification that a game has started.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:19 PM   #14
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Do you have any sportscenter apps or other sports-related apps on your device? That could be the notification that a game has started.
Only MLB, and there aren't any games for that anytime soon.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:21 PM   #15
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Only MLB, and there aren't any games for that anytime soon.
What other Appstore apps do you have on your device?
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:31 PM   #16
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What other Appstore apps do you have on your device?
Google Maps
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Words With Friends
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Bad Piggies
Walking dead
Stub Hub
Amazon
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Speed Test
MDC Mobile
Red Boc
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The Verge
Gmail
iBooks
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Apple Remote
VLC Remote
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Shazam
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Chase
Citibank
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Facebook
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 12:40 PM   #17
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I finally figured out what was causing this. It was MapMyRun. A friend recently started using it as well, and the sound was whenever he finished a workout. There was no other notification until they updated the app this week. Then a popup notification accompanied the sound, so I was able to figure it out.
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Old Apr 15, 2013, 11:38 AM   #18
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thank you!

I had the same whistle sound and it was driving me nuts! Glad you figured it out for me
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