Is there a way to make vibration stronger?

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  1. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    Coming from Android the vibration motor in the iPhone is really weak. I can't even hear it when lying on my desk.

    I made a personalize vibration pattern to improve it, but is there a setting or way to make it stronger? On Android almost all phones have this option.

    Thanks!
     
  2. CBillups1 macrumors 6502a

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    No there isn't

    But I agree, not sure which pgone you have but the 6s is very weak and 90% of the time I cannot hear it even if it's a foot away from me on a table.

    The 6 was stronger in my opinion
     
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    And then on the other hand we have posts of people complaining that they can hear their phone vibrating (rather than simply expecting to feel it but not hear it).
     
  4. Armen macrumors 604

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    Vibration should be subtle not a lawn mower in my opinion.
     
  5. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    Depending on your use case you may find other products better suited to your needs.
     
  6. Sajal macrumors regular

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    Sometimes cases cause lowering of the Vibration, I hope you don't have any such cases on..
     
  7. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    I always thought you were only supposed to feel the vibration. You put it in vibration mode when you don't want it to be heard. Wouldn't you just turn the sound on if you wanted to hear the phone? It's easy enough to control the volume.

    There are plenty of complaints of the vibration being too loud, but this is the first of it being too quiet......
     
  8. CBillups1 macrumors 6502a

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    Mine without the case right next to me I can't even hear or feel the vibration

    You know when phones vibrate you can hear it on the table shaking? The 6s doesn't make a pee

    Lot of times on my skinny jeans in my pocket I can't even feel the vibration
     
  9. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

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    I had my 6s in my backpack once it when it vibrated, I could feel my whole backpack vibrating as well. It is very strong for me, but I can barely even hear it when it is sitting on a table.
     
  10. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    Get a Apple Watch. There is no way you could missed any AW vibration, once it is strapped on your wrist 16hr/day.
    My iPhone is muted always, and have not missed any phone call, IM, VIP email, notification, as long as my AW is on my wrist.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I have never been able to feel the vibration of a notification in my pocket unless I am completely stationary. Having a watch that receives alerts has almost literally changed my life. I actually get notifications as they come in lol.
     
  12. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    Which Android phone did you use with the better vibrator?
     
  13. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    Is there a separate app for a vibrator?
     
  14. tsang2320 macrumors demi-god

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    I understand the situation but think if you hear the vibration with the phone lying on the table, it's equally interruptive as a ringtone in a meeting. Maybe an Apple Watch or set the ringtone to a vibrating sound. :D
     
  15. Sensamic thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Had an S5 and S6 previously. The vibration is really strong on those phones.

    I just prefer hearing the more subtle vibration sound when the phone is muted than ringtones when I'm sleeping. During the day I have it set up normal, with sound on, but during the night I don't want to hear any ringtones for messages, calls and such. The vibration sound is less disruptive. It's just a matter of taste.

    But still, during the day I can't almost feel the phone vibrating in my pocket, and I don't use a case.
     
  16. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

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    That's weird, I can feel my phone vibrate when it is in my backpack at school.
     
  17. nia820 macrumors 68000

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    No there isn't. I agree there should be a way to increase or decrease the intensity of the vibration. That's one of the things I miss about android, total customization.
     
  18. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    A quick google search took me to some dark places :rolleyes:
     
  19. HEK macrumors 68030

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    I prefer the subtle vibrations of the 6s+ over the older phones. Less obtrusive in meetings.
    The current Taptic Engine is meant more to be felt than heard.

    Lay phone on tympanic membrane of drum, that will accentuate the vibrations.
     
  20. rugmankc Contributor

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    People complained on the strong vibration on the 6 and 6+. So, they reduced it. Maybe we need something in between.

    Or, adjustable as mentioned.

    I have a custom setting. But, still usually don't feel it.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I think the change was more about the haptic engine and 3D Touch than anything else.
     
  22. jgelin macrumors 6502a

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    If I am not mistaken the Galaxy phones are still using the old method of causing a vibration wherein a weight is attached to the end of a gear shaft and spun by a motor. In the newer iPhones 6s/+, Apple switched from that to the newer way of having a piece of metal between two magnets, I think in all 4 corners of the device too... the magnets get current and depending on its properties can vibrate in many different ways. Perhaps this is the reason why one is stronger, and thus louder than the other. Also, the reason why this was chosen instead of the older method is because this allows much more control over the duration, repetition and overall frequency of the vibration which lets us set custom vibrate patterns, or how the vibration goes along with the ringtone/text tone; however, the biggest factor is how fast the vibration can occur as we are no longer waiting for the motor so spin up to the speeds needed to make the weight move.
     
  23. rugmankc Contributor

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    That too. But, seem to remember the complaints on strength and noise. I know I had to turn my 6s off when in waiting rooms and Dr offices. Quite loud. Maybe I just had very strong motor. Otherwise it worked great and easily sensed when in pockets.
     
  24. hammy434 macrumors member

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    i really like the way the 6s vibrates. its quiet when its on a table, but when im holding it or its in my pocket i can feel it really well even though its so quiet. and imo thats the best way to have it - you know when you're getting a message or other notification, but no-one else does. that's just my experience though.
     
  25. cynics macrumors G3

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    Set a subtle ringtone at very very low volume. Try "pulse" at 1 bar of volume. It's just noticeable enough to be noticed at all.

    Apple did a great job making the vibrate less noisy and true to its intended purpose of notifying the phones owner of activity and not people clear across the room.
     

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