I'm using the Messages Beta on Lion to receive iMessages on my MacBook Pro. I also have my iPhone set up with my iMessage account.

When I receive a message, it's delivered on both devices. If I read the message on my computer, it disappears from the lock screen of my iPhone, so it doesn't fill up during a conversation.

But, this doesn't prevent my iPhone from vibrating every time I receive a message — and if I'm having an extended rapid-fire iMessage conversation with someone using my computer, this can get annoying. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

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I'm afraid that's not possible in the current iOS.

But there are a few work-arounds:

  • You can define a specific vibrating tone for that specific contact person which will do almost nothing (unlike the default long and hard vibrating)
  • or you can disable vibrating when you enter Silent Mode and when you start having this rapid-fire conversation, just switch your iPhone to silent mode and no vibrating will happen!
  • I figured this would be the answer... thanks for the alternatives, though!
    – jtbandes
    Apr 20, 2012 at 21:39

Nowadays, this seems to be more of a timing issue, and I think Apple has improved the system overall. Basically, it's no longer an issue.

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