Haptic strength

Fireball Dragon

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Hi guys,

I am having a few issues with my Apple Watch.

The haptic engine seems odd. The feedback seems to be weak, and I most definitely cannot feel any difference whatsoever between the medium and high setting.

I have tried a hard reset, restoring the watch and setting it up as new with no joy.

Any suggestions welcome and appreciated.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Hi guys,

I am having a few issues with my Apple Watch.

The haptic engine seems odd. The feedback seems to be weak, and I most definitely cannot feel any difference whatsoever between the medium and high setting.

I have tried a hard reset, restoring the watch and setting it up as new with no joy.

Any suggestions welcome and appreciated.
What I would suggest, is perhaps if you can try another Series 3 Apple Watch (I believe this is the model you have) and see how that one feels in comparison to yours. It's possible that the haptic engine could be faulty.
 

deadworlds

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Medium and high settings have always felt the same to me, on my S0 and my new S3. If this is your first AW then it may take some time for you to become mode accustomed to the taps from the watch.
 
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Fireball Dragon

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What I would suggest, is perhaps if you can try another Series 3 Apple Watch (I believe this is the model you have) and see how that one feels in comparison to yours. It's possible that the haptic engine could be faulty.
Yes, Series 3 SS. I may visit an Apple store and try some there. Cheers.

Medium and high settings have always felt the same to me, on my S0 and my new S3. If this is your first AW then it may take some time for you to become mode accustomed to the taps from the watch.
I’m upgrading from a sports series 0. I actually tried the haptic feedback on the series 0 and again on medium and high it seems almost the same there, too. Difficult to tell the difference. Although haptic feedback is a little stronger overall with the sorts model, but I did read here that the SS models absorb some of the vibration making it feel weaker(?).
 

angelofioren

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I've always felt that the difference between the settings is really subtle. Having just moved up to the series 3, I can confirm that it's the same for my watch as well. It's really hard to tell. I do fell like the Taptic Engine is a little stronger in the 3 though, but I could be wrong. I definitely still miss things from time to time though if I'm moving around though.
 
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Fireball Dragon

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I've always felt that the difference between the settings is really subtle. Having just moved up to the series 3, I can confirm that it's the same for my watch as well. It's really hard to tell. I do fell like the Taptic Engine is a little stronger in the 3 though, but I could be wrong. I definitely still miss things from time to time though if I'm moving around though.
That's really helpful, thanks. The difference between medium and high is hardly noticeable. Not sure if it has always been this way of if it is WOS4 related.
 

BA2020

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Another reason I prefer the aluminum watch (over SS)—lighter so haptic is more pronounced. I have mine set to the highest and prominent.
 

angelofioren

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That's really helpful, thanks. The difference between medium and high is hardly noticeable. Not sure if it has always been this way of if it is WOS4 related.
It seems to have always been this way, although I set it to the highest setting when I got my first Apple Watch and only played around with it a little when I got my new one. Very subtle difference.
 

stevefo

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Mar 16, 2013
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Hi guys,

I am having a few issues with my Apple Watch.

The haptic engine seems odd. The feedback seems to be weak, and I most definitely cannot feel any difference whatsoever between the medium and high setting.

I have tried a hard reset, restoring the watch and setting it up as new with no joy.

Any suggestions welcome and appreciated.

Is Prominent Haptic on? it helps. It gives a pre announce haptic in addition to strength.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Another reason I prefer the aluminum watch (over SS)—lighter so haptic is more pronounced. I have mine set to the highest and prominent.
This is a valid point. The haptic will feel likely stronger with the aluminum, because it's not as dense as the stainless steel is. Which means that the vibration resonates better through the aluminum over the stainless.
 

Fireball Dragon

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Chigwell, England
Hey guys,

I don't want to start another thread and couldn't find any info about this, so hope someone here may have the answer.

I don't seem to get vibrations for emails (on the AW) when I am using my AirPods. Is this normal? (I do get a 'ping' in my ear though!).
 

BA2020

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Oct 28, 2017
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Hey guys,

I don't want to start another thread and couldn't find any info about this, so hope someone here may have the answer.

I don't seem to get vibrations for emails (on the AW) when I am using my AirPods. Is this normal? (I do get a 'ping' in my ear though!).
The native Mail.app has separate alert settings (per email account) in the AW iPhone app.
Verify your haptic setting for that account.