A phone vibrating on its own can be an annoying and even concerning problem. There are a few different reasons that can cause this behavior, ranging from improper settings to hardware defects.

In this article, we’ll cover the main reasons why a phone might vibrate on its own and how to fix the problem.

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1. App notifications

App notifications are the most common cause of random vibrations on a phone. When an app receives a notification, it can send a request to the operating system to vibrate the device.

To check if app notifications are causing the problem, follow these steps:

  1. Open your phone’s settings.
  2. Tap on “Notifications.”
  3. Scroll down and select the app you suspect is causing the problem.
  4. Disable all notifications.

If the problem is resolved, you can re-enable the app’s notifications individually, one at a time, until you find the one that is causing the problem.

2. Tactile feedback

Tactile feedback is a feature that vibrates the phone when you interact with the screen or press the buttons. If tactile feedback is unintentionally turned on, it can cause continuous and repetitive vibrations.

To check if tactile feedback is turned on, follow these steps:

  1. Open your phone’s settings.
  2. Tap on “Sounds and vibrations.”
  3. Disable the “Tactile feedback” option.

3. Operating system bugs

Operating system bugs can also cause unexpected behaviors on the phone, including the continuous activation of tactile feedback or vibration.

To fix an operating system bug, you can try restarting the phone. If that doesn’t work, you can try restoring the device to factory settings.

4. Hardware defects

In rare cases, a hardware defect in the phone, especially in the vibration motor, can cause the problem.

If you have tried all of the previous solutions and the problem persists, it is possible that the vibration motor is defective. In this case, you will need to take the phone to a repair shop to have the problem diagnosed and fixed.


By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to resolve the issue of your phone vibrating on its own. If the problem persists, it is recommended to take the device to a repair shop.