Shake Things Up By Making Your Own Custom Vibration Alerts in iOS 5 [iOS Tips]



If you find yourself in a quiet environment like a meeting or at the doctor’s office you’ll usually silence the ringer on your iPhone. The iPhone will then vibrate when you get incoming calls.

Although that sounds great, the iPhone will vibrate the same way for every caller. But it doesn’t have to do that. You can actually create a customized vibration pattern for every contact in your address book.

Access to creating customizable vibration alerts isn’t available by default. First you have to turn it on following these steps:

  • Launch the Settings App.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Locate Custom Vibrations and tap to turn it On.

Once it is on you can customize the vibration alert for every contact in your address book using the following steps:

  • Launch the Contacts app.
  • Tap a Contact to select it.
  • Tap Edit.
  • Locate Vibration and tap it.You can now select from five standard options by tapping any one of the following: Alert, Heartbeat, Rapid, S.O.S. or Symphony. If you don’t want one of those, then tap Create New Vibration and follow the next steps below.
  • Tap out the new vibration pattern on your iPhone screen.
  • Tap Stop when you are finished.
  • Press Play to test it.
  • If you are satisfied, tap Save or press cancel if you aren’t and try again.

Once you have all your favorite contacts set up with customer vibration alerts, just let your iPhone dance across your desk to the beat of each one. Just pick it up quick before it jumps off your desk or wakes everyone up in the meeting you are attending.

  • FriarNurgle

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, 
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, 
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, 
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 
    “‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door- 
                    Only this, and nothing more.” 

  • player666

    Can I set different vibration to the every SMS alert ?

  • Avela049

    What’s that weird icon next to the battery life indicator?

  • c.t

    I think it is for the old Apple BlueTooth Headset they [Apple] used to sell with the Original iPhone. 

    You are welcome. 
    Have a nice day.

  • Christopher Chao

    Edgar Allan Poe?

  • SupaMac

    i dont think that you can.  i wanted to do this too.. it would make sense that this would be possible but it is weirdly not

  • Phil

    David, I like the creative title. It goes with the article and the subject.

  • nthnm

    Yes, you are correct, it has to do with a Bluetooth headset.

  • SevanGrim

    i made my own, but it was too soft, and i missed allot of calls. You cant be too creative with it unless your super sensitive to your phone ringing. if the beats are too short/spread out, you wont feel it. I made another, one thats more clustered together, but i dont like it as much and havent used it.

  • Matt Tuttle

    There really should be a way to assign different vibrations to calendar alerts, new mail and text tone in the same way that different sounds can be associated with these items.  As it stands now when I switch to “silent running” I loose the ability to differentiate between these items.  It is as if I have suddenly become color blind.

    Am I missing some functionality that does exist in iOS5?

  • c.t

    Thank you for telling me I was correct. Have a great day.