No vibration on Samsung after system update

Samsung made a big stride with promises of better software support and timely updates. However, bringing updates fast and to various devices with different specs usually leads to issues. Some Samsung users reported vibration issues after they installed updates. Seemingly, it’s not a major update in all cases, as some reported that there’s no vibration on Samsung even after routine monthly security updates.

If you are among affected users, make sure to check the steps we listed below.

Table of contents:

  1. Make sure that system vibration settings are enabled
  2. Check per-app vibration settings
  3. Check system diagnostics
  4. Reset your device to factory settings

Vibration not working on Samsung after updates

This can all be in vain if the system bug is causing the problem at hand. However, there are definitely some things to check before going straight to factory reset and avoiding update reinstallation in order to keep the vibration. At least until Samsung patches things up.

Firstly, check system and in-app settings. After that, try with the hardware diagnostics and wipe cache partition. And, only if everything fails, consider resetting your device to factory settings.

1. Make sure that system vibration settings are enabled

The first thing to do is to check if the update hasn’t messed up your system settings regarding vibration. The settings you are looking for are usually located in Sound and Accessibility settings. Once there, make sure to re-enable all vibration settings and look for improvements.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Sound.
  3. Locate Touch vibration (Vibration feedback) settings at the bottom if you are missing the haptic feedback.
  4. Set Vibrate for calls to Always vibrate.
  5. Get back to Settings and open Accessibility.
  6. Open Vibration & haptic strength.
  7. Enable Vibration in all 3 fields. Or don’t if you need it, your call.

2. Check per-app vibration settings

Another thing to check is vibration settings in individual apps. It wouldn’t be the first time for an update to break the functionality of both system and third-party apps. So, what you need to do is inspect each app that lost the vibration functionality after the update.

So, for example, if your WhatsApp notifications are not vibrating but they used to, navigate to Settings > Apps > All apps > WhatsApp > Notifications and ensure that Vibration is enabled. Alternatively, you can try within the app settings.

3. Check system diagnostics

The next thing to try is to check the hardware diagnostics menu and test vibration from there. If there’s no vibration, we are afraid that only a factory reset can help you address the problem. On the other hand, if there’s a vibration, you can try and restart your device into recovery and wipe cache partition.

In order to access Samsung’s device diagnostics, you need to open the dialer and enter the *#0*# code. Then choose Vibration and run the test. Furthermore, if you are not aware of how to wipe cache partition on Samsung, follow these steps:

  1. Power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Power button + Volume Up until the MI welcome screen appears. Let go of the Power button and keep holding the Volume Up button.
  3. Once you get into the Recovery mode, use the Volume buttons to get to the Wipe Cache Partition option. Press the Power button to confirm the selection.

4. Reset your device to factory settings

Finally, if none of the previous suggestions worked for you, we can only recommend resetting your device to its factory values. This can definitely be a cumbersome procedure, as you’ll need to set up many things from scratch. You can learn everything there’s is to know about factory reset in this dedicated article.

In the meantime, here are the steps to follow in order to reset your Samsung to factory settings:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Open Backup & reset.
  4. Choose Erase all data (factory reset).
  5. Tap Erase all data and confirm the selection when prompted.

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. We thank you for reading and encourage you to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. In the meanwhile, make sure to post your thoughts on the no vibration problem on your Samsung. The comments section is just below.

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