How to Set an iPhone Alarm to Vibrate Only

If someone else sleeps in the same room as you, then a loud alarm might wake them up, too.

One way to avoid this is to set your alarm so that it only vibrates. this may be enough to wake you up, without affecting the other person.

Our tutorial below will show you how to set an iPhone alarm to vibrate only so that you can see if that’s enough for it to be effective without being too disruptive.

How to Only Use Vibrate for an Alarm on Your iPhone

  1. Open the Clock app.
  2. Select Alarm at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Touch Edit at the top-left corner of the screen.
  4. Select the alarm that you wish to modify.
  5. Tap the Sound button.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select None.
  7. Scroll to the top and select Vibration.
  8. Specify the type of vibration that you wish to use.

Our article continues below with additional information on setting your iPhone alarm to vibrate only, including pictures of these steps.

Customizing the elements of your iPhone is an important aspect of enjoying the device.

This can include things like setting your notifications and using tools like the alarm clock to make your life easier. But you might want to know how to set an iPhone alarm to vibrate only if you don’t want the alarm to make any sounds other than the vibration.

The iPhone makes a great alarm clock, largely because you will often have it near you whether at home or traveling. But the alarm sound can be loud, so you might be looking to set an iPhone alarm that only vibrates.

Fortunately, this is an option that is available to you as an iPhone owner, although the method for setting it up might be less than obvious.

Our guide below will show you how to set up a vibrate-only iPhone alarm, without having to worry about muting your device.

Check out our guide on how to put iPhone on speaker if you’ve been wondering how to access the iPhone’s speakerphone function.

iPhone 6 – How to Set Alarm to Vibrate Only (Guide with Pictures)

Device used – iPhone 6 Plus

Software Version: iOS 9.3

Note that these steps will also work for most other iPhone models, and most other versions of iOS.

These steps will show you how to set an iPhone alarm to vibrate only.

Step 1: Tap the Clock icon.

open settings

Touch the Clock app.

Step 2: Tap the Alarm option at the bottom of the screen.

open alarm menu

Select the Alarm tab.

Step 3: Tap the Edit button at the top-left corner of the screen.

tap edit button

Touch the Edit option.

Step 4: Select the iPhone alarm that you want to vibrate only.

select alarm

Choose the alarm.

Step 5: Tap the Sound button.

tap sound button

Select the Sound option.

Step 6: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and select the None option.

iphone alarm vibrate only

Turn off the alarm sound.

Step 7: Scroll all the way back to the top of the screen and select the Vibration option.

select vibration

Tap the Vibrate button.

You can then choose the type of vibration that you would like to use for your iPhone alarm that will now only vibrate.

select vibration

Click here if you would like to learn more about editing and creating alarms on your iPhone.

Frequently Asked Questions About Turning Off the Sound for an iPhone Alarm

How do I change the iPhone alarm vibrate pattern?

Once you have chosen to use a vibrate only alarm on your phone, you might want to check out the various options that are available to you when it comes to customizing that vibrating alarm.

You can find these options by going to Clock > Alarm > tapping Edit > choosing the alarm > selecting Sound > tapping Vibrate.

You will now see a number of different iPhone vibration pattern options in the Standard group on the screen.

There is also a “None” option at the bottom of the screen if you don’t want the existing alarm to vibrate at all. If you couple this with the “None” option on the sound menu then you can create completely silent alarms, where the only indication would be a visible notification on your phone screen.

Additionally, you could tap the Create New Vibration button and set up your own vibrate alarm pattern.

Will my alarm go off even if my iPhone is in silent mode?

Yes, alarm sounds will override the silent switch on the side of the device or Do Not Disturb.

If you want a silent alarm on your iPhone, then vibrating alarms are going to be the best way to have something that is still effective, but won’t alert everyone else within earshot.

How can I change the alarm sound on my iPhone?

If you aren’t ready to completely shut off the alarm sound, but want to try one that is a little more soothing, then you can go to Clock > Alarm > Edit > select the alarm > tap Sound > then try some of the different options on that menu.

Some of the sounds are more gentle than others, so switching from a more aggressive tone to a softer one could be preferable to you.

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