When you’re in a meeting, at school, or in any other situation where it’s not appropriate to be constantly buzzing and ringing, your phone will Vibrate instead. This is a great little feature that saves you from embarrassment whenever an alert comes through. However, if your phone keeps vibrating for no apparent reason, you might start feeling like something strange is going on. Is your phone trying to tell you something? Does it hate you? If you’ve ever owned an Android device or iPhone, then you’ll know they both have their own quirks that users come to accept as part of their day-to-day life with the device. It’s just another one of those things that we learn to live with as best we can. In this blog post, we offer some advice on why your phone randomly vibrates and what to do about it – so read on!
Why Does My Phone Randomly Vibrate?
Your phone is overheating
If you’ve recently been using apps that are particularly graphically demanding, like gaming apps or watching a video, then your phone may overheat, which can then lead to your phone randomly vibrating. As your phone heats up, it will automatically turn on the vibration feature to let you know, which is a good safety feature. But if your phone is on the cusp of overheating, it will beep at you with an alert before it begins vibrating aggressively. If your phone is hot to the touch and vibrating, you may want to try and let it cool down by turning off the app and putting it in a fan. Your phone may be trying to save its own life.
Your battery is dying
If your phone is randomly buzzing and vibrating when there’s no apps open, then this could be because the battery is running dangerously low. If this is the case, your phone will likely display a low battery warning too so you can plug it in and juice it back up. If your phone is not plugged in and you don’t see a low battery warning, then try plugging it in ASAP. You may also want to restart your phone (see below) in order to help it regain some battery power. If your phone is still buzzing even when it’s plugged in, this could be a sign that your phone’s charging port is broken and it’s trying to operate on a dangerously low amount of power. If your phone is less than a year old and under warranty, you may want to get it repaired or replaced.
Someone’s trying to contact you
If your phone keeps buzzing and you don’t know why, there’s a chance that someone is trying to get in touch with you. If you have a standard Android phone, then someone may be trying to call you or send you a text message, or if you have an iPhone, someone may be trying to FaceTime you. If you’re unsure what’s going on, try answering the call or looking at your notifications to see who the call/message is from. If you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t have any important incoming calls or messages, try looking at your phone’s call log. If you see any recent calls that you don’t recognize, give the person a call back to find out what they wanted.
You have a faulty screen or button
If your phone randomly starts buzzing even when you’re not using any apps, then this could be a sign that your phone has a faulty button or screen. If your phone is an Android device and the volume buttons are not working, try pressing the power button. If the power button isn’t working either, try taking your phone to a repair shop. If your phone is an iPhone, try pressing the Home button, the Sleep/Wake button, or the Volume buttons. If pressing these buttons doesn’t stop the buzzing, you may have a faulty screen. In this case, you may want to contact your carrier and ask about getting it fixed or replaced.
You have an app that keeps vibrating by mistake
If a certain app on your phone keeps vibrating, there’s a chance that you’ve accidentally triggered a “reminder” or “alert” in that app. To stop this, open up the app and turn off the alert or reminder. If you’re not sure which app it is, check your recent apps and see if there’s any apps that have a “!” or “ ?!” next to them. If you don’t know which app it is, you can also try opening up your phone’s app manager and see if any apps have a “red” banner warning above them. If an app keeps vibrating, it may be a good idea to delete it.
You have a messaging app that keeps vibrating constantly
Some messaging apps, like WhatsApp, will keep buzzing and vibrating on their own even when you’re not using them. This is so you don’t miss any incoming messages. However, if you don’t want a certain messaging app buzzing constantly, you can turn this off. When you open up the app, look for an option that says “Vibrate when phone is silent” and toggle that off.
You have a malfunctioning app (or game) that keeps vibrating constantly
If one of your apps keeps buzzing and vibrating, try going into the app and turning it off. If that doesn’t work, then try completely closing out the app and opening it again. If that still doesn’t work, try deleting the app and downloading it again. If that still doesn’t work, you may want to contact the app’s developer and let them know about the issue.
iOS: your keyboard might be typing words on its own.
If you’ve recently updated your iOS device to the latest version and your keyboard is typing words on its own, then your device may be affected by the “Text Autofill” bug. To fix this, head over to Settings > General > Software Update and download the latest update.
Android: your text messages keep getting auto-synced.
If you have an Android device and your text messages keep getting auto-synced to your contacts and vice versa, then this is likely because you’ve enabled the “Auto-sync” setting. To fix this, head over to Settings > Accounts (or “Accounts & Privacy” on some devices) > Google > Auto-sync and toggle the setting off.
As you can see from this article, there are many reasons why your phone will randomly start vibrating. Whether it’s overheating, running low on battery, or a faulty button, your phone will emit a vibration to alert you to these issues. While it might be annoying to constantly have your phone vibrate, it’s better than having it run out of battery and shut down on you in the middle of a conversation. If your phone keeps randomly buzzing, it’s worth checking to see if there are any issues that need to be resolved. If your phone is experiencing issues, you should consider bringing it to a repair shop or scheduling a repair with your device manufacturer.
Q: Why does my phone vibrate when I’m not using it?
A: Your phone is probably experiencing an issue. If you suspect that your phone is overheating, then you might want to turn it off and let it cool down before using it again. If your phone is vibrating because of a low battery, then you should plug it in and let the battery charge for about 10 minutes before using it again. If your phone is having issues with the hardware or software, then you may want to bring it to a repair shop or schedule a repair with your device manufacturer.
Q: Why does my phone randomly vibrate while I’m talking on the phone?
A: Your phone might be overheating, so you should turn it off and let it cool down before using it again. Your phone might also be running low on battery, so you should plug in the charger and wait for 10 minutes before using the device again. It’s also possible that there’s an issue with your hardware or software, so consider bringing your device to a repair shop or scheduling a repair with your device manufacturer.