iPhone 5S vibrates for no apparent reason?

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  1. AT101ET macrumors 6502

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    I've had my 5S for almost 9 months now. I'm not sure if this is something new or not, or if I've only just noticed it.
    My phone vibrates every so often - similar to the vibration when notifications are set on for emails.
    However, whenever I check my emails after the vibration, there is nothing new.
    I have a few email accounts set up, and as far as I know, only one has vibration notifications on.
    It's gotten to the point where it's now irritating having to decide whether or not to bother checking emails and that can mean I miss out on something important.

    Anyone had any similar issues? Quick fix?

    Thanks
     
  2. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000

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    I also get a random vibe or sound but nothing in the notification centre or badge. Thinking it must be an app like Facebook or like pushing a notification but who knows lol...
     
  3. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    Are you using iOS 8? I noticed that my phone began vibrating, but then I saw that it's because mail notifications was no longer on the home screen or notification center, only the badge updated. Appears to be a bug in beta 1. Haven't tried beta 2 yet.
     
  4. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    This started happening on my fathers 4S a few weeks ago. The problem was found to be a faulty mute switch, so each time it would vibrate it would be changing in and out of silent mode.
     
  5. floyd-pinkerton macrumors newbie

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    This also happens on my 5s, no rhyme nor reason for it, but it drives me nuts!
     
  6. AT101ET thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Currently running on IOS 7.1
    Has happened about 4 times since posting this thread. It's extremely irritating.
     
  7. m3kk macrumors newbie

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    Check in setting , perhaps an app that is set to "sound" notification only? I had this issue recently and I found it was a game.
     
  8. AT101ET thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've now switched off all sound and vibrations with the exception of two email accounts. I've set their vibration notifications to something distinct (think it was SOS/heartbeat) so I'll know if it's the email playing up or something else.
    Will report on it later.
     
  9. bozmoz macrumors newbie

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    This is happening with my iPhone 6, iOS 8.1.2 (12B440), on T-Mobile.

    I disabled notifications for all apps other than ones from Apple, and even some of those. Still got the vibrations every once in a while. It seems random.

    I've now tried disabling notifications for everything to see what happens.

    :confused:
     
  10. OzzyOzman macrumors member

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    Also happens to me. No idea what's causing it.
     
  11. bozmoz macrumors newbie

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    My latest theory is that this comes from 'Settings'>'Sounds'>'New Mail'>'Vibration' being enabled, combined with having some mail account using 'Push' to get new mail.
     
  12. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Make sure it's not the phantom vibration syndrome.
     
  13. valleian macrumors regular

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    When I bought my iPhone 5s back in April 2014, it also had a random vibration for no reason. Now its running iOS 8 and still does it. Nothing that I can't deal with, but it is weird.
     
  14. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I get them too on my iPad and 5S. It's a bug with the notifications system, not all of them come through. When this happens, I check my Android phone or tablet and the notification that didn't come through on my 5S/iPad is there.
     
  15. I7guy macrumors G5

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    My phone vibrates seemingly randomly, but I figured out it has to do with calendar events.
     
  16. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    Careful where you put that phone!
     
  17. bozmoz macrumors newbie

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    Phantom's be gone!

    Ha!

    Inspired to make sure it's no phantom vibration syndrome, I built a vibration detection tool with my Arduino based on this...
    http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Knock

    Had to monkey with the code a bit to get it to behave. But it turns out the piezo buzzer that I have can't detect vibrations from the phone anyway. (sigh) I'll have to order a more sensitive one I guess.
     

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