iPhone 4 Rattles when Shaken

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by am17, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. am17 macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2009
    I noticed the other day that my less-than-3-week-old iPhone 4 makes a rattling sound when shaken, as if there is something loose inside. I have been EXTRA careful with this phone and have never dropped it, so this worries me. I go back to school next week, where there is no Apple store within 100 miles, so if anything were to happen I wouldn't be able to quickly remedy the problem.

    I'm looking for opinions on what you think I should do. I have an appointment at the Genius bar tomorrow because I googled it and saw that others have done the same and had it replaced. Thoughts?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    I'm not sure if you have the same issue, but my phone rattles when I shake it as well, but its a loose Sleep/Wake (Power) button, nothing inside the phone.

    others on this forum have complained of the same thing, loose sleep/wake button, but their has never been a time were I had to shake my phone really hard and was annoyed enough of the rattle that I had to take it into an Apple Store for a replacement.

    but if the rattle is really that annoying to you, I guess you should get it replaced.
  3. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    If it is rattling BADLY then this is not good, but my sleep button on top rattles a tiny bit when i set my phone down, so if it's a small rattle that is probably your issue.
  4. apmorency macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Don't forget about the vibrator motor. It's an armature with a weight on one half of the end of a shaft. It's job is to make noise.
  5. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    ^Actually, its job is to vibrate, but it can make noise when shaken.
  6. vachargerfan macrumors regular

    May 28, 2008
  7. Infraggable Kru macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2010
    1) well then stop shaking it !
    2) it's the autofocus lens, it's normal
  8. Tonsko macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2010
    It's probably the disk heads. They've come off the spindle of the micro hard drive and are busy scratching your data into oblivion. Get it fixed, because if you leave it too long they will crack the glass back from rattling around so much and make the camera fall out.
  9. specify macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    lol =)

    The iphone uses flash memory for storage.
  10. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
  11. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Mine rattles a bit if you tap it on or around the camera, but nothing when you shake it. This has happened on i think 3-4 of my past iP4's (this is my fifth, I think :eek:) so I'm assuming this is normal.
  12. thoryamaha919 macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    Mine rattles and I found it to be my sleep/awake button
  13. benfica88 macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    If you're bold you can open it up and tighten the power button screw. Worked for me.
  14. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL

    If you have a bumper on it then that is what the rattling is from.
  15. Hippoone macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I know when u post this in Jan it was rattling. Has it given u any other problems after u noticed it?.
  16. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Ok why did you just bring this back from its 10 month sleep?
  17. Hippoone macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Because I was curious if those that has this issue that didn't return it, have any other problems now related to it.
  18. am17 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2009
    I'm the OP, never updated on what happened. Apparently a screw was loose/had fallen out of place inside, the Genius opened it up and tightened the screw, and that was it. Hope that helps :)


    However, when I got my phone back, I did have the different screws on the bottom - remember that debacle? Hasn't been an issue for me, but still.

  19. Hippoone macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    THANKS A LOT, I wasn't sure what the issue was. It bothers me to know something rattles and not know why especially when I never drop it and take extra caution on it. So it was a breather to know that someone else had this issue and it wasn't anything but a loose screw.

    Last time I'm going to bother you (am17) but last question... So the person at the genius bar just tighten the screw up and it hasn't rattle since then? is your camera and power/sleep button working fine?

    I like my iphone (because I know I've taken care of it well) and dont want to have to get a refurbished one and have problems like some people i know are having with their replacement.
  20. am17 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2009
    Yup, he just opened up my phone, tightened the screw that was loose inside, and gave my same phone right back to me. No issues with camera, sleep/wake button, or vibrate switch before or since. Hope you get your issue resolved just as easily! :)

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