Why iPhone Randomly Vibrates iOS 16? How To Fix It


It’s frustrating when your iPhone unexpectedly vibrates or buzzes for no apparent reason. I get that a lot, its like suddenly I feel a quick vibration from my iPhone like I have been getting a notification. This strange buzzing or vibrating issue seems to be commonly reported after updating to iOS 16. And its not just me, there are many users out there who have reported this issue after updating their device to iOS 16. If your iPhone is randomly vibrating even when there are no notifications, calls, or messages coming in, don’t worry, I have got a few tricks up my sleeves. There are a few things you can try to fix the problem.

Why iPhone randomly vibrates iOS 16?

There could be a few reasons why your iPhone may vibrate or buzz randomly after updating to iOS 16:

  • Buggy software– iOS 16 keeps getting updated version to get better, however, no updates are perfect. Like all software updates, it may have some bugs that cause odd behaviours like random vibrations.
  • Incompatible apps – Some third-party apps may not be fully compatible with iOS 16 yet. An outdated app could be the reason for the vibrations.
  • Hardware issue – In rarer cases, it could be a hardware problem like an oversensitive haptic engine or vibration motor. But software issues are much more likely.
  • Check notification settings– Notifications from apps or services even when silent/do not disturb mode is on.
  • Glitches or bugs in iOS – For example, the vibration engine turns on for no reason.
  • Close apps – An app may be running vibration commands in the background. Close open apps you’re not using.
  • Hardware issue– your iPhone could have a faulty vibration motor. Very rare, usually only after physical damage.

How to Fix Random Vibrations on iOS 16?

Before you try out the fixes make sure that you thoroughly check all vibration and sound settings after updating iOS. Turn off any unnecessary vibration options:

  • Settings > Sounds & Haptics – Toggle off vibration, system haptics, keyboard feedback
  • Settings > Accessibility – Disable Touch vibrations if on
  • Settings > Notifications – Disable vibration alerts for individual apps
  • Settings > Sounds – Toggle off vibration on ring and alert slider

Temporarily disabling vibration can help determine if an app or system function is the trigger. Test which specific action causes the buzzing. If you still cant get hold of the solutions then you may try the fixes below.

Restart Your iPhone

A simple restart clears out any minor glitches and resets the vibration engine. Press and hold the side or volume button and power button together until the power off slider appears.

Check for Software Updates

Install the latest iOS updates which often include bug fixes for vibration and other issues. To do so you have to go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Toggle Vibration and Haptics Off and On

Turn off vibration and haptic feedback in Settings > Sounds & Haptics and toggle them back on after a minute. This resets the vibration engine.

Remove Recently Installed Apps

If it started after installing a new app, uninstall that app and see if the vibration stops. The app may be triggering vibrations.

Reset All Settings

Go to Settings > General > Reset and choose Reset All Settings to restore default system settings without erasing data. This fixes many software glitches.

Factory Reset iPhone

If nothing else works, do a factory reset to wipe the iPhone and reinstall iOS. Make sure to backup data first. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. 

Until next time, with another topic. Till then, Toodles.

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By Betty
She started her career as a journalist and ended up being a good content writer at consideringapple.com. Since she has journalism quality, she loves to be in trend by collecting and writing on the latest iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other Apple product related stuff on the website. She has little birds everywhere.
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