Solving the Mystery: Why Your iPhone Only Vibrates and Doesn’t Ring


We’ve all experienced the panic that comes with realizing you’ve missed several calls because, for some unknown reason, your iPhone has only been vibrating. You’re not alone, and luckily there are a few ways to remediate this issue. In this article, we’ll cover some possible causes and solutions for when your iPhone is not ringing and only vibrates.
Causes and Solutions:

1. Silent/Ringer Switch:

The most obvious reason could be that the silent/ringer switch on the side of your iPhone is set to silent mode. Check to make sure it is not switched to silent (orange color showing). If it is, simply switch it back to turn on the ringer.

2. Do Not Disturb Mode:

If the silent/ringer switch isn’t the problem, Do Not Disturb mode might be enabled. This mode silences calls, alerts, and notifications, making your device vibrate instead of ring. To turn OFF Do Not Disturb, navigate to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Toggle off.

3. Sound Settings:

Check your sound settings by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringer and Alerts. Ensure that the “Change with Buttons” option is enabled, so you can control the ringer volume using the volume buttons on your phone.

4. Mute Specific Contacts:

Your iPhone’s contact settings allow you to mute specific contacts, causing their calls to go straight to voicemail without ringing. If this setting is enabled for any contacts, disable it using the following steps:

– Open the contact’s page in your Contacts app

– Tap Edit in the upper-right corner

– Scroll down and toggle off “Emergency Bypass”

5. Update iOS:

An outdated iOS version might have compatibility issues with certain device functions. Update your iOS by going to Settings > General > Software Update and installing the latest iOS version.

6. Reset Network Settings:

Resetting network settings can often solve many problems, including your iPhone only vibrating and not ringing. To reset network settings, navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

7. Hardware Issue:

If all else fails, a hardware issue might be causing the problem. In this case, contact Apple Support or an authorized service provider for further assistance and possible repair options.


An iPhone that vibrates instead of ringing can cause frustration and missed calls. By following these simple steps, you can identify and rectify the issue to ensure your device functions correctly. Should the problem persist, seeking professional help may be necessary.

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