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How to set a custom vibration alert for contact on iPhone

Assigning a specific ringtone or text alert to specific people allows you to instantly recognize the caller or texter even when your phone’s screen is out of view. But what about when your iPhone is in silent mode? The good thing is that a similar feature is available for vibrations on iPhone.

Here’s how you can say goodbye to the bland vibrate pattern default and set custom vibration alerts for specific contacts on your iPhone.

How to create custom vibrations on iPhone

iPhones are known for their remarkable engineering and user experience. One such feature, Taptic Engine, uses a linear actuator that produces vibration effects to make the iPhones responsive and offer vibratory feedback.

You can tap into this feature and change the vibrate pattern of your iPhone and customize it based on your liking. You can create as many vibration patterns as you want. However, this only works on models with haptic feedback. These include newer phone models starting with the iPhone 7 and later.

This feature is turned on by default, but you can head to Settings → Sounds & Haptics, then toggle the switch on for System Haptics. If you find that the feature does not work, there are several things you can do to fix haptic feedback on your iPhone.

Note that you can customize the vibrations for all type of alerts on your iPhone. This includes ringtones, text tones, and vibration alerts for AirDrop, reminder alerts, calendar alerts, and when receiving and sending new mail.

To begin creating custom vibration patterns for your iPhone:

  1. Head to Settings → Sounds & Haptics.
  2. Select a type of alert whose vibrate you want to customize (example- Mail). 
  3. Tap Vibration → Create New Vibration.

    Create New Vibration from iPhone's Settings
  4. Tap your screen to begin creating a custom vibration pattern. Keeping your finger on the screen creates a sustained vibration while lifting it creates pauses. Tap Stop when you are done.
  5. You can refer to the bar below to see an overview of your pattern. Tap Play to feel the vibration pattern and Record to repeat the recording.
  6. Tap Save once you are satisfied with your new custom vibration.
  7. Type a new name for your vibration pattern, then tap Save.

    Create custom vibration patterns for your iPhone

You now have your custom vibration. Note that every time you create a new custom vibration, it becomes automatically selected as your default vibration for the alert you created. 

If you want to create more vibrate patterns, just tap Create New Vibration.

How to assign a custom vibration to contact on iPhone

Now that you have created custom vibrations, you can begin assigning them to your contacts. To do this:

  1. Open Contacts, then select a contact from the list.
  2. Tap Edit, select Ringtone or Text Tone, depending on which vibration alert you wish to customize.
  3. Tap Vibration, then select one of your custom vibrations. You can always create a new vibrate pattern by tapping Create new Vibration.

    How to assign a custom vibration to a contact on iPhone
  4. Once you’re done changing the vibrate, head back by tapping <Ringtone or <Text tone at the top left of the screen.
  5. Tap Done, then choose Done again to save changes for your contact.

Disable vibration alert on iPhone

Haptic is the vibration feedback one gets after typing or other touch-based action. Sometimes, haptic feedback can become a nuisance. It may be a good idea to turn it off in such cases. You can opt to disable the feature entirely or just in specific apps.

1. Disable vibration alert per app

Do you want to disable vibration patterns for a particular app or feature, say Mail or AirDrop, but wish to retain it for text and call notifications? Follow the steps below to do so.

  1. Just head to Settings → Sounds & Haptics.
  2. Select the alert you want to turn off. For instance, New Mail.
  3. Tap Vibration.
  4. Scroll down at the bottom and select None.

    Disable vibration alert per app on iPhone

You can also head to a specific app and disable it from there. Here’s an article that details how you can turn off Vibration for Alarm Clock on the iPhone.

2. Disable haptic feedback entirely

If you are not a fan of haptic feedback and would rather disable the feature across your phone, just head to Settings → Sounds & Haptics, then toggle System Haptics off.

How to disable haptic feedback entirely on iPhone

Enabling LED flash alerts is another option for modifying alerts on your iPhone. It uses the LED flash at the back of the iPhone found next to the camera to alert you of notifications in place of sound and vibration alerts.

How to delete custom vibrations

If you want to delete a custom vibration, just head to Settings → Sounds & Haptics, tap on an alert type, then select Vibration. Go down to custom vibrations, then swipe left to the custom vibration you want to remove, then hit Delete.

If you want to delete several custom vibrations at a time:

  1.  Tap Edit at the top right of the screen.
  2. Tap the Remove (–) button beside the custom vibrations, then select Delete.
  3. Hit Done.

    How to delete custom vibrations on iPhone

Wrapping up

Creating a custom vibration alert on your iPhone lets you change and assign your preferred pattern for specific notifications, including texts and calls from certain contacts. This allows you to readily recognize if the notification is from a significant other or someone that you can put off to a later time.

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    Rachel, an experienced Apple technology writer since 2021 and a long-time user since 2003, began her journey with a silver iPod Classic. Currently, she owns an array of modern Apple gadgets. At iGeeksBlog, her expertise shines through in the crafting of comprehensive how-to articles, informative guides, and well-curated roundups.

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