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How To Set Customized Vibrations in iOS 5



If you turn your iPhone to vibrate often while you’re in meetings then you know that feeling of feeling your iPhone vibrate but you can’t distinguish if it’s that important call or not.

In another catch up move, Apple now allows iOS 5 users to set up custom vibrations that are assigned to your various contacts in the same way you can set up a ringtone for a contact. These Customized Vibrations come with a few that are pre-defined and you can make your own.

It’s actually pretty simple to set up.

  • Go to Settings, General, Accessibility
  • Turn on Customized Vibrations
  • Then head over to you Contacts and pick a Contact.
  • Choose Edit
  • Then Choose Vibration. It is right below Ringtone
  • Once there you can choose one of the Standard Vibrations
  • Or, you can choose Create New Vibration
  • This brings you to the screen where you can tap away until your heart’s content to create whatever rhythm you want for the vibration. Hit Stop when done.
  • Save it and that’s the Vibration for your Contact.

Now when your contact calls and you have the phone set to vibrate you’ll feel all personal like with their dedicated buzz in your pocket.






  1. Littlefetzer

    01/18/2012 at 9:30 am

    can you not make a personal vibration for your iphone when some one text you?

    • Garratt

      02/24/2012 at 10:55 pm

       That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. I’d like to have the phone vibrate the standard way for an incoming call and a shorter more discernible vibration for a txt message. 

      • Mtennant1017

        02/26/2012 at 9:07 pm

        Yeah I just wanna make my own text vibrates haha please help xD

  2. rdsx580

    03/16/2012 at 1:24 pm

    Does anyone know how to set it for text messages?

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