What to do with iPhone 4S Vibrate Rattle (REPLACE IT)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wohast, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. wohast macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    If you have a rattle when your phone vibrates, take it in and replace it!

    I received my 64gb White Verizon model, and I noticed the rattle on my own before reading forums.

    Took it to Apple store, and they replaced it but it still had the rattle.

    Went back again the next day, and demanded another replacement. Finally got a flawless iPhone 4S.

    Dont let the Genious BS you with excuses, demand a replacement. Plenty of the 4S do not have the vibrate rattle, so don't settle for one that does.

    Again this is only advice for people who actually care about the rattle during vibrate.

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  2. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I finaly got a perfect phone except for the vibragate. No batterygate, yellowgate, badpixelgate, uneven blacksgate. Already used up my second Power support screen protector. I think i will live with vibragate for now and then down the road when i get a scratch or 2 and when the battery wears a bit i'll have an excuse to exchange it with a referb. The referbs are pratcticlay brand new. I have better luck with them then the brand new ones lol.

  3. AirSupply macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I am just curious. How can you describe the "rattle vibrate"?
  4. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    install ibrate app or call yourself while on vibrate. While the phone is vibrating hold it vertical by slightly gripping the phone at the top, you can also lay it flat on your palm without gripping it. Laying it on a hard table will not tell you if you have the issue. Now pinch the bottom right of the phone with your fingers. If it stops the rattle (assuming you have it)then you have vibragate.

  5. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    what if you find out later that it is suppose to rattle because it actually serve a real purpose? Mine only rattles near the camera lens when i tap it on it hard.
  6. wohast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    Can also just go to custom vibrations. You can hear it the best on Rapid, but can hear it even better if you create your own with just a constant vibrate. I heard it best when just holding the phone with 2 fingers (under volume controls and on other side). If you have the problem you'll notice it pretty much in any position, using that custom vibrate.
  7. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    sounds like a lot of work to go searching for an issue.
  8. wohast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    All 5 floor models at the Apple store that I checked didn't have a rattle, and a family members doesn't have a rattle as well. My old 4 didn't have a rattle either. Based on this, I doubt the rattle is "supposed" to be there.
  9. Varoudis macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2009
    I get it near the camera too...

    but I aslo get it when it vibrates. (we have 2 4S in the house and the other one is OK when Vibrate. but it does the rattle near the camera when you tap it)
  10. wohast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    I agree. I wouldn't go looking for a problem that I didn't notice. I personally discovered it on my own, and then started snooping around forums to see if anyone else had the problem.


    The rattle at the top when you tap it is just part of the Auto Focus. Every 4S that I have checked had that rattle, even the old 4's have it as well. Some rattle at the top louder then others, but overall you'll never get a silent one imo.

    Vibrate rattle SHOULD NOT be there though.
  11. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Got my replacement for the vibrate issue. Had to get a manager involved as the genius said it was "normal"
  12. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    My first one had the vibragate. Replaced it Sunday and the new one has been perfect and then it started again yesterday. No I am concerned there is some flaw with the vibrators. May show up immediately, a few days or weeks later etc. At this point I am tired of replacing screen protectors etc so maybe I should just wait and see if Apple rectifies this problem as it is common.

    Again this is not the camera lens rattle. That is different and normal.
  13. ^.^ macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    They give you a new iPhone.
  14. wohast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    12 days so far of heavy use, and vibrate rattle has not come back. however, the camera rattle is extremely loud now, i dont even have to tap the back anymore to make it rattle....zzzzzzzzzzzzz. cant decide what to do
  15. Gavernty macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
  16. CheatingSoi macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2011
    Hey. I had an iPhone 4 which I specifically loved for the solid and quiet feeling of the vibrate motor. I just switched to Sprint and got the 4S and was disgusted at the sound of the vibrate. I looked it up and found this. What is my luck that I can get one that doesn't have this problem? I really almost don't even want the phone if its going to be like this. But I cant go back to my 4 because i switched carriers.
  17. tarasis, Dec 11, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011

    tarasis macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    The replacement 4S I got yesterday for yellow gate/washed out gate has this vibrate issue. I didn't notice it till this morning when I checked for email and was surprised by the vvvvvVVVVVAARRKK sound from the vibrate.

    Holding the phone tightly on the right side about the lower antennae or just to the right of the home button removes the rattle sound and gives the normal vibrate that the previous 4S had.

    The sound is noticeable on a call if I switch to/from Silent, it comes through as a "bwamp" sound.

    [Edit] Really in two minds on wether to replace it or not, its really bothersome but I had to get a couple of replacements for different issues (lack of audio in some calls on first 4S, screen washed out yellow on 2nd) and I don't want to go back to a washed out screen.
  18. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    I've just bought an iPhone 4S 16GB Black and after one day I started to notice the rattle... Especially like someone mentioned if I'm just holding it and turn the vibrate switch on...

    For me to exchange it I will need to return the item thru courier and then buy another one, I don't want a refurb and I bet if I go to an Apple Service Provider that's what will happen... Had my amazing iPhone 4 changed 5 times until I got a good one last time... All with different problems from no WIFI reception, Home Button not logging clicks, loudspeaker not working, etc...

    Now I buy another 600 dollars phone and here we go again...

    I always loved Apple but the quality control seems to be deteriorating by the year...

    Seriously thinking of just returning it and buying a Nokia Lumia 800 or 900...

    Just wanted to vent of my anger...

    Thanks for listening :)

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