I keep my iPhone on silent pretty much all the time. When I plug it in to a charger, it goes "buzz-buzz". My iPad doesn't do this. Both behaviors are the same with iOS 6 and 7.

How do I make my phone not do that?

I have checked the activity-specific sound settings (like Lock Sounds [off], etc). The main suspicious ones are Vibrate on ring and vibrate on silent. I would still like to have it buzz (vibrate) upon receiving texts, calls, and calendar alerts.

  • I would love to be able to do this, because if I forget and leave my iPhone plugged into the Mac at night, the Mac comes up to a semi-sleep several times in the night, USB power comes on and BRRRRT BRRRRT - the phone wakes me up. Super stupid that such a "feature" can't be disabled.
    – Steve
    May 23, 2016 at 3:57

4 Answers 4

  1. Update to iOS 9.
  2. Go to Settings, Sounds, Vibrate on Silent and deactivate it.
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    Wish I could upvote more. May 13, 2018 at 8:20
  • Nice. In iOS 16 this option is now called Play Haptics in Silent Mode. Too bad it is all or nothing.
    – beroe
    Mar 12, 2023 at 22:50

Plug in your head phones into the phone, turn off silent mode and turn your headphones volume down.

You may also want to turn off vibrations in sounds then charge your phone! It will make no vibrations and if you put it back on mute, your phone won't vibrate as well :)

  • Clever, if inconvenient.
    – beroe
    May 22, 2014 at 6:59
  • Why turning off silent mode?
    – Cesare
    Mar 14, 2015 at 21:56
  • I couldn't get this to work, and other comments on this page suggest that this is impossible. Please elaborate on instructions if this really does work.
    – JDiMatteo
    Jul 2, 2015 at 16:19
  • This works. I'm running iOS 8.4 on an iPhone 5 - I turned my headphone volume down to mute in case that matters. I also have all settings in Sounds to silent. To deal with the inconvenience of the cord I used an old old auxiliary cable, cut the cord, and then plugged that in. Apr 14, 2016 at 15:21
  • What a true apple workaround.
    – phrogg
    Mar 12, 2023 at 15:13

There is no way to natively disable this other than turning off vibrations completely. Only your iPhone does this because the iPad (and the iPod touch) don't have vibrate motors.

If you jailbreak, there is a tweak called PowerSoundDisabler. It's a simple tweak to disable sound and vibration when respringing or plugging in via USB.

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    Even if you turn off vibrations completely there will be vibration when you plug your phone to a charger.
    – bessarabov
    Apr 16, 2014 at 13:22
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    @bessarabov I can confirm that. It is slightly annoying I you find yourself in school library, where every sound matters.
    – quapka
    May 20, 2014 at 9:08
  • the tweak works on IOS6
    – JinSnow
    Jun 17, 2019 at 5:48

To do this you will have to Jailbreak your phone.

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    Might you be able to expand on this with a link to the mod that works with iOS 7 (or at least iOS 6) in case someone wants to try this?
    – bmike
    Sep 26, 2013 at 16:38
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    Might I also point out that I already addressed that in my post, with a link to a specific tweak...
    – daviesgeek
    May 20, 2014 at 16:32

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