How to set custom vibrations on your Android phone

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The beauty of Android lays in the freedom it provides. Think of any customization you can do to your phone, and it’s likely possible in Android. The system itself allows you to do a lot, but if you add a few customization apps to the pack, you get a winning combination.

I personally prefer to go as stock as possible. Which means tweaking as many things inside the Settings app alone. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to get what you want just from the Settings, and that’s when you’ll need to use customization apps.

It’s usually the little, unimportant things that make the difference. And that’s exactly what we’re talking about in this article. One of the little things users are unable to tweak inside Settings is vibration. Unlike ringtones, you simply cannot set a custom vibration for your calls, messages or notifications.

On top of that, Google has also cut the necessary permissions for apps like Good Vibrations, which are specifically designed for setting custom vibrations. So, the only solution now is to use apps that are not made solely for this purpose, but actually contain this ability, among other features.

The best apps for this purpose are MacroDroid and Textra SMS. So, I’m going to show you how to set custom vibrations using each one of these apps.

Set custom vibrations with MacroDroid

MacroDroid is one of the most powerful apps you can install on your phone. It allows you to completely automate the use of your device. Features and options this app offers are almost countless, so I’m not going to dig deeper into details, because our focus here is getting custom vibrations.

MacroDroid works on the principle of Triggers and Actions. Which means, you can set up each event that occurs on your phone to provoke a certain action. In our case, we’re going to set an incoming call/text/notification to trigger a custom vibration.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Download both MacroDroid and Settings Helper from the Play Store.
  2. Open MacroDroid and tap Add Macro.
  3. Tap Call/SMS, and choose which action you want to set a custom vibration for (Call Incoming or SMS Received).
  4. Grant the necessary permissions.
  5. Now, choose a specific contact (or a group of contacts) you want to set a custom vibration for.
  6. Now, head over to the Actions tab.
  7. Tap Device Actions Vibrate.
  8. Choose the vibration style from the list.
  9. Tap the checkmark to save the macro.

That’s it, now every time a selected contact calls or sends a message, you’ll hear the custom vibration.

The obvious drawback of this method is that MacroDroid runs in the background all the time, which will consume battery faster. But if you’re okay with that, using MacroDroid is the decent solution for setting up a custom vibration on your phone.

Use Textra SMS

Another way of setting custom vibrations is by using Textra SMS. But obviously, you’re limited to text messages here. Textra SMS is one of the best third-party SMS apps for Android. It offers tons of customization features, including the ability to set custom vibrations for your messages.

Here’s how to set custom vibrations in Textra:

  1. Open the Textra SMS app.
  2. Go to Settings Customize Notifications.
  3. Tap Vibrate pattern.
  4. Choose the pattern you like.

That’s it, now every time you receive a new message, you’ll hear the selected pattern. This is a convenient way of getting that customized vibration, if you don’t mind a third-party SMS app, of course.

Using MacroDroid or Textra SMS are the two most practical ways of setting up custom vibrations. However, if you know an even better solution, please share it with us in the comments down below.

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