Turn Off Vibrate for Text Messages & iMessages on iPhone

Dec 6, 2012 - 7 Comments

Stop iPhone vibrating with text messages and iMessages

Whether the iPhone is flipped into silent mode or not, an incoming text message or iMessage will vibrate. While that’s great for being notified of a new text, in some situations you’d rather have complete silence when texting, you know, when you’re passing time in a boring meeting, sitting a quiet classroom, or maybe you’re just next to someone who is a very light sleeper. In situations like these the best way to text and send messages completely discretely is to not only mute the iPhone, but to go a step further and disable the vibration alert as well.

We’re focusing on the iPhone because most people use them for texting, but of course all of this works for sending iMessages on the iPad and iPod touch as well.

How to Disable Vibrate for Text Messages when iPhone is Muted

Don’t want the iPhone to make a vibration when a message comes in? Here’s how you can change that setting, it will impact inbound messages and text messages, causing the iPhone to not vibrate when any message is received:

  1. Open the “Settings” app and tap on “Sounds & Haptics”
  2. Under the “Vibrate” header, flip “Vibrate on Silent” to OFF

Here’s what the setting looks like on a modern iOS version:

How to disable vibrate on iPhone with messages and ring

Exit out of Settings as usual, and you’ll find you can now send text messages in complete silence, free of the alert sound and the vibration.

The method outlined above works to disable vibrate only when the phone is flipped to mute though, what if you want to have the vibration off all the time with messaging?

Turning Off Incoming Message Vibration Alerts Completely

  • Go back into “Settings” and to “Sounds”
  • Look under “Sounds and Vibration Patterns” and choose “Text-Tone”
  • Scroll to the very top of the Text Tone screen and tap “Vibration”
  • Now scroll to the very bottom of the Vibration settings and tap on “None”

This will turn off vibrations regardless of whether the iPhone is muted or not, but when the iPhone is not on silent mode it will still alert with the standard SMS/iMessage tri-tone sound. Flipping the iPhone onto Silent will then disable the text tone, and the alert vibrate will still be disabled.

Use “Do Not Disturb” to Temporarily Disable All Vibrations

Rather than digging around in different Settings screens, a quick temporary solution is to enable “Do Not Disturb” on a one-off basis. Just remember that if you set it up to exclude certain important contacts, those rules will still apply and those contacts will chime through. Here’s how to quickly enable it:

  • Open Settings to find “Do Not Disturb” and flip that to ON

You’ll know Do Not Disturb is active because there’s a little crescent moon icon in the title bar.

Turning Off Alerts for Specific Contacts

What if you only want to text a single person in total silence with no alert and no vibration? One solution would be to create a silent ringtone and then assign it to an individual contact so that their texts are hidden.

Oh and by the way, the stopping vibrate setting exists in earlier versions of iOS too but it looks slightly different, found under the “Sounds” settings rather than simply the Sounds & Haptics:

Turn off text vibrations when on Silent mode

Anyway, the above tips can help you send and receive text messages and iMessages in total silence, not just with no sound effect but also no sound of the buzzer that activates on an incoming message to iPhone. No more vibrations at all, just total silence. Enjoy!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Masham says:

    Hi is there any way to get rid of buzzing sound in iphone 5S? It just vibrate but doesn’t create any buzz? Thanks

  2. A says:

    Send this to friends

  3. Rizi says:

    This method can remove vibration from notification only. How can I disable iMessages in app Vibration? This really annoying or some time miss the keys because of vibration. Is there any way to disable it?

  4. Daniel says:

    The problem with this solution is that it also kills the vibration for incoming calls. Not only for messages like youre headline says!

  5. Todd Bradley says:

    Thank you! This advice is very timely, since I could not seem to figure out how to get Gmail to stop buzzing whenever a message arrived.

  6. SrLANGuy says:

    “Do Not Disturb” only works when your iPhone is locked. So if you “slide to unlock” and are doing something on your phone, “Do Not Disturb” is temporarily ignored. But once you put your phone back to sleep, everything is silenced again.

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