How to Set a Vibration Only Alarm on an iPhone

How to Set a Vibration Only Alarm on an iPhone: 10+ Simple Steps

Updated: July 28, 2023

2 min read

Setting an iPhone alarm to vibrate-only is possible and very simple to achieve. All you need to do is edit the alarm settings in the Clock app. You can choose different vibrations or create your own custom vibration.

Keep reading to learn how to make an alarm vibrate-only on an iPhone, plus other interesting things you can do with a silent iOS alarm.

How to Make an iPhone Alarm Vibrate Only: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Here's how to make an alarm vibrate-only on an iPhone in 10+ simple steps:

  1. Open the Clock app
  2. Tap the Alarm tab
  3. Click the plus (+) button in the top right corner to create a new alarm (or edit an existing alarm by tapping Edit in the top left corner and selecting the iPhone alarm you want to make vibrate only)
  4. Set the alarm at your desired time
  5. Tap Sound
  6. Tap Vibration at the top
  7. Choose a vibration pattern (or create your own custom vibration)
  8. Tap Back to save the settings
  9. In the Sound area under Ringtones, scroll all the way down and tap None
  10. Go Back
  11. Tap Save

Your iPhone alarm vibrate-only is now set.

Repeat the above steps for any other iOS vibrate alarms you want to create.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about setting up a vibration-only iPhone alarm.

Can I Set an Alarm on My iPhone That Only Vibrates?

Yes, it's very easy to set an iOS vibrate alarm, which will vibrate when it goes off rather than play a sound. Follow the tutorial above to learn how to make an alarm vibrate-only on an iPhone.

Do iPhone Alarms Work on Silent Mode?

Yes, iPhone alarms still work on silent mode. Unless you have set a vibrate-only alarm, the sound will still play even if your iPhone is on silent.

To make your iPhone alarm vibrate-only, follow the tutorial above.

Do iPhone Alarms Work on Do Not Disturb?

Yes, iPhone alarms work and play a sound when Do Not Disturb mode is activated. If your alarm is set to vibration only, it will still vibrate on Do Not Disturb mode.

Why Do My iPhone Alarms Only Vibrate?

Your iPhone alarm will only vibrate if you've turned off the sound and set it to vibration only. To turn this off, you'll need to edit your alarm, tap Sound, and select a Ringtone. You can also turn off the Vibration completely in this tab, so only the sound plays on your alarm when it goes off.

Does an iPhone Have a Silent Alarm?

Yes, an iPhone has a vibrate-only alarm and a silent alarm. The vibrate only alarm will simply vibrate, not play a sound, at your set time. A silent alarm will simply light up the screen and not make any sound or vibration.

Follow the tutorial above to learn how to make an iPhone alarm vibrate only.

Burak Özdemir
My name is Burak, and I used to have difficulties waking up in the morning due to unreliable alarm clocks. Over the past few years, I've dedicated part of my life to sharing my knowledge about time and alarm clocks with people through this blog.