iPhone Vibrates Every Few Seconds When Plugged In

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by teeth1, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. teeth1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2015
    I have an iPhone 5. I was charging the phone with a charging case whilst listening to music on bluetooth speakers on Fri 28th night. The phone did heat up.

    On 29th Sat morning, the phone was working find but randomly shut off whilst I was using it. I was able to turn it back on and reuse it until it turned off again but when the apple logo showed up when I booted it, the screen flickered - as if brightness was going up down up down.

    Then on 30th Sunday when I charged the phone, it showed the charging symbol on notifications and made the charging sound but the battery percentage wouldn't increase, It went down from 11% to 7% then the phone completely switched off.

    It wouldn't turn back again and when I plugged in the charger it vibrates every few seconds. Now it just vibrates when I plug it in and the screen is completely black and won't turn on at all.

    I have important videos and photos on the device that I cannot lose. I am out of warranty so Apple repair will be too expensive.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. twietee macrumors 603


    Jan 24, 2012
    I had something similar like that happening to my phone earlier this year. So I learned that this behavior (vibrating till battery is empty) is some sort of self-protection mode where some faulty connection, with mine it'd be the camera / logic board I suppose, causes this mode to prevent the phone from further damage. I sill could access the files (photos n vids) via my pc but lost all my contacts since back-up got corrupted as well. Quite maddening and I wish it would have been the other way around.

    Only 'solution', as in get a working phone and not restoring my data, for me would have been an exchange of the faulty part.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sounds like you have not backed up for a while. Hopefully you have it set up to backup to the cloud.

    Apple might be your only hope if you can not access it through your computer. They could put a new battery in it but they will NOT retrieve your information so let hope they can get it up and running again. Make sure they know not to wipe your phone.

    You last chance is a data recovery company. That data might be important but they are also expen$ive!
  4. teeth1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2015
    How were you able to access the files on your phone? When I plug mine in the computer, it makes a sound so it recognises it but it's not on Computer. On iTunes, it asks for access for the phone and tells me to respond on the phone but I can't obviousily access the phone. I've tried many file access software like iFunbox, iTools, and data recovery software but they don't recognise the phone and even when one does, it has an error when scanning for the files.
  5. teeth1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2015
    That's right, I have not backed up those photos and videos. I have tried replacing the battery with another one but the same vibrating problem occurs.
  6. twietee macrumors 603


    Jan 24, 2012
    hmm, now that you've asked, I'm not 100% sure whether I got them extracted from the phome itself or the itunes backup-file, sorry. It's some month ago so I don't recall it all that well, especially since it wasn't what I was interested in. I definitely didn't use any sort of special program though, via win explorer only.

    Good luck!
  7. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    Have you by any chance tried using a different charging cable? I had a very similar issue to what you're describing and it ended up being the cable I was using which apple replaced for free.

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