I can't feel the vibrations... How do I make it stronger?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by audirs5, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. audirs5 macrumors 6502

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    The Haptic engine is NOT strong enough, period. The phone, on the table, NEXT to me.. I cant feel text messages..


    Whats going on? How do I increase it.
     
  2. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    It's not very strong. There is a setting of 1,2,3 for the haptic feedback for the home button, but the texts I think are using the vibration not haptic, not sure.
     
  3. audirs5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    Use text tones so you can easily identify if you have a text message.
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Compared to store models or your previous iPhones? You might have a defective unit.

    You're talking about regular alert vibration and not the new home button, right?
     
  6. audirs5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes, like text message vibrations
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Give us more info. Is this your first iPhone and have you compared it to store models? Need to rule out defective haptic engine.
     
  8. audirs5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Iphone user since iphone 4s. No i havent compared it. i refuse to believe every iphone i get is broken. because this seems to be the case, every time.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    So all iPhones since 4s seem weak to you? I guess it can't be helped if you're less perceptive in detecting vibration alerts than most people.
     
  10. Justim macrumors 6502

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    I know what you're talking about. I've had this issue since they introduced the Taptic Engine in the 6s.

    The short answer is no, you can't make it stronger. But there are some thing you can do to help it.

    What's happening is the Taptic Engine moves side to side, where as all previous iPhones had spinning drums that look like a drill bit with a chip in it. If you've ever broken a PlayStation controller, you'd know what I'm talking about.

    Unless you place the iPhone on its left or right side when it's on a flat surface, you won't likely hear or feel a vibration. Older phones will literally bounced on the table. The newer phones just wiggle a little. You'll also notice you'll miss a bunch of calls and texts while the iPhone 6s or 7 is in your pocket because of the same logic.

    iPhone 7's Taptic Engine is larger than the 6s, so they've improved it a little. You can also create custom vibrations in settings. You can't "turn it up" but you can make vibrations last longer, so there's more of a chance you'll notice the notification.

    I personally chose to buy a watch that vibrates and shows notifications. I had a Basis Peak until it was recalled. Now I've got an Apple Watch because of the large refund I got back from the Peak.
     
  11. audirs5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks, glad someone agrees.
     
  12. Justim macrumors 6502

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    You're welcome! There's a lot of pros and cons to this style of vibrating motor. I'm feel like I'm hypersensitive to most things around me. I can hear the UPS truck drive up even if my TV is on. I've had people look at me crazy because I answer the door before he even knocked. But I can't feel my phone vibrate on the table a few inches away from my hand.
     
  13. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    So is 'haptic' really that different to the vibrations? My Samsung s7 can give a tiny vibration when pressing keys etc., but it's just annoying.

    Is the iPhone's button click really different to just a very short vibration?
     
  14. eric3312 macrumors 6502

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    Directly from Apple's iPhone 7 manual:

    In order to feel the vibrations, you must be listening to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch via Apple Music.
     
  15. hundleton1 macrumors 6502

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    Oh yes I was playing with a 7 plus today while I'm waiting for mine and the home button literally feels like the bottom of the phone screen is clicking in when you press, push the glass next to the "button" and nothing, press the "button" and you swear the screen is clicking in.

    It's an odd feeling but I like it , it's no vibration it's an actual feel of a click.

    It's odd
     
  16. Justim macrumors 6502

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    Oh yea. It's way different. The Taptic Engine can slightly shift to one side while the S7 motor has to spin. Plus the Taptic Engine is directly under the home button. The S7's motor is at the top right corner.

    The haptic feedback in the iPhone 7 is still not as impressive as the new trackpad. That thing is trippy.
     
  17. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    Oh no, not again.

    I sold a 6S Plus this year and this was one of the main reasons. The vibration was unbelievable low!! I couldn't ever feel the phone vibrating in my pocket or on my desk!

    My S6 on the other hand has a really really loud vibration. Too strong, but at least I never miss a phone call or notification when vibration mode is on.
     
  18. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    So I guess most people are OK with their phones having such low vibration and missing calls, texts and notifications...
     
  19. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    It's possible that most people don't fall into this category at all. Not even sure what makes you feel like most people are constantly missing notifications.
     
  20. MaskedCarrot macrumors regular

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    That's called "Using the Force". :)
     
  21. TheBacklash macrumors 6502

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    I noticed my 7+ is "weaker" on the vibrations, but meh. My Watch tells me better when any call/text/notification comes in anyway, I generally have my iPhone on mute 24/7 and I never miss anything.
     
  22. Decept1k0n macrumors newbie

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    I have to say that I think the vibration is not only very weak but the default vibration pattern seems really short. On iOS 9, I remember when the phone did vibrate it seemed like did so for at least 5 seconds before stopping for a few seconds and vibrating again. The new vibration pattern feels like really short pulses.

    In fact, when I had my phone in my hand when an incoming call came in, I distinctly remember thinking how I hated how the vibration was so weak & unnoticeable. Made me think, if this is what it feels like while I'm holding it & I'd definitely have a more difficult time noticing it while in my pocket for sure.
     
  23. Phillyphil0302 macrumors member

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    Hmmmmmm, me thinks it's a ploy by Apple to make people buy the Apple Watch...don't want to miss text/calls because of extremely low vibration on your 6s/+, 7/+?, buy the Apple Watch and never miss any important text/calls again!
     
  24. Justim macrumors 6502

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    Untrue with iOS 10, Siera, and watch OS3. If you're not looking at all currently in use devices, you'll miss everything.
     
  25. TheBacklash macrumors 6502

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    it is, go to the haptic settings. the default one is short, the old longer version is there.
     

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