iOS 17: How to Set an Alarm to Only Vibrate on iPhone

Setting an alarm on your iPhone that only vibrates is a simple task that can be incredibly useful, especially if you’re in a situation where you need to be alerted without disturbing others. Once you know how to do it, you’ll be able to set a vibrating alarm in no time.

You can also watch this video about how to set an alarm to only vibrate on iPhone for more on this topic.

iOS 17: How to Set an Alarm to Only Vibrate on iPhone Tutorial

When you want to set an alarm that only vibrates on your iPhone, it’s all about finding the right settings. Let’s walk through the steps to ensure your alarm is silent but still gets your attention.

Step 1: Open the Clock app on your iPhone

Open the Clock app, which is where all your alarm settings are located.

The Clock app is typically found on your home screen, but if you’ve moved it, you can also use the search function to find it quickly.

Step 2: Tap on the ‘Alarm’ tab at the bottom

This will take you to all your current alarms.

If you don’t have any alarms set, this page will be empty, and you’ll need to create a new one by tapping the ‘+’ icon in the top right corner.

Step 3: Create a new alarm or edit an existing one

For a new alarm, tap the ‘+’ icon; for an existing alarm, tap ‘Edit’ then the alarm you wish to change.

Remember that if you’re editing an existing alarm, the changes you make will only apply to that specific alarm.

Step 4: Tap on ‘Sound’

This will take you to a list of available ringtones and alert sounds.

You’ll find a variety of sounds here, but to have a vibration-only alarm, you’ll need to scroll to the top of this list.

Step 5: Select ‘None’ for the sound option

By selecting ‘None’, you’re ensuring that no sound will play when your alarm goes off.

This option is usually at the top of the list or you might need to scroll up past the ringtones to find it.

Step 6: Tap on ‘Vibration’ at the top of the screen

After selecting ‘None’ for the sound, you’ll need to choose a vibration pattern for your alarm.

You can choose from standard patterns or create your own custom vibration.

Step 7: Choose your desired vibration pattern

Select from the list of standard vibrations or create a custom vibration by tapping ‘Create New Vibration’.

Feel free to test out the different vibrations to see which one you prefer and which one is likely to wake you up.

Step 8: Tap ‘Back’ and then ‘Save’ to set your vibrating alarm

Make sure to save your settings to ensure your alarm will vibrate only.

If you don’t tap ‘Save’, your changes won’t be applied, so this is a crucial step.

After completing these steps, your iPhone alarm will be set to only vibrate. This means that when it goes off, it won’t make any sound at all, but it will give you a nudge with a vibration. It’s perfect for those times when you need a discreet alert, like in a meeting or when someone else is sleeping nearby.

iOS 17: Tips for Setting a Vibrate Only Alarm on iPhone

  • Make sure your phone is not in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, as this can affect the alarm.
  • Check that your vibration settings are enabled in the ‘Sounds & Haptics’ settings.
  • If you’re a deep sleeper, consider placing the iPhone on a surface that will amplify the vibration.
  • Remember to charge your iPhone; if it dies, the alarm will not go off at all.
  • Test your vibration-only alarm before relying on it to wake you up for something important.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my iPhone alarm is set to vibrate only?

If you’ve followed the steps correctly, the sound option should say ‘None’ and you should have selected a vibration pattern.

Can I set multiple alarms to only vibrate?

Yes, you can set as many alarms as you like to vibrate only, just repeat the steps for each new alarm.

Will my vibrating alarm still work if my iPhone is on silent?

Yes, the vibrating alarm will still work even if your phone is on silent mode.

Can I change the vibration intensity for my alarm?

No, the vibration intensity is not adjustable for alarms. However, you can choose from different vibration patterns that might feel more intense.

What if I can’t feel the vibration from my alarm?

Try placing your iPhone on a hard surface or something that can amplify the vibration, like a wooden nightstand.


  1. Open the Clock app
  2. Tap on the ‘Alarm’ tab
  3. Create a new alarm or edit an existing one
  4. Tap on ‘Sound’
  5. Select ‘None’ for the sound option
  6. Tap on ‘Vibration’
  7. Choose your desired vibration pattern
  8. Tap ‘Back’ and then ‘Save’


There you have it, a complete guide on setting an alarm to only vibrate on an iPhone with iOS 17. It’s a nifty little feature that can be a lifesaver when you need to be alerted discretely. Whether you’re in a meeting, at the library, or simply don’t want to disturb your partner’s sleep, knowing how to set a vibration-only alarm is a skill worth having in your arsenal. Just remember to keep your phone sufficiently charged, and double-check that you’ve saved your alarm settings, so you don’t miss that important wake-up call. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro at managing your alarms on your iPhone, ensuring you’re always alerted—silently but surely.

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