What to do when vibration doesn't work on Samsung Galaxy Watch

When you are in a quiet environment, a simple sound notification is enough on the watch to alert you to incoming calls and notifications. But when you are in a noisy environment or outdoors, the notification tone alone is not enough. This is where the vibrations help. Most often, the vibration does not work on Samsung Galaxy Watch for several users. If you are one of these few users, here are 8 solutions for when the Galaxy Watch vibration is not working.

The Galaxy Watch vibration not working problem occurs on almost all Galaxy watches. Then the solutions will work on all, such as Galaxy Active Watch 2, Galaxy Watch 3, etc.

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1. Restart your phone and watch

Begin the troubleshooting process by restarting your Samsung Galaxy Watch and the phone connected to it. To restart the watch, press and hold the power button on the watch. Tap Power off from the displayed options. The clock will turn off. To turn it on, press and hold the same button, i.e. the power button until you see the Samsung logo. Release the button.

2. Turn off clock only mode

You will not receive notifications of any kind, including vibrations on the watch, if it is in Watch Only mode. Disable the mode to receive notifications from your phone. To disable the Clock Only mode, press the power button for at least 3 seconds until the clock logo is displayed. This will disable Watch Only mode.

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3. Enable vibration on your watch

Enable vibrations on your watch first to receive them. With your Galaxy Watch in normal mode, follow these steps to turn on vibrations:

Step 1: press the power button on your watch. Tap Settings.

2 pass: Scroll down to Settings and tap Sound & Vibration.

3 pass: First, tap Vibrate with sound option to turn it on. In case it is already on, tap it to turn it off. Then tap again to enable it.

4 pass: Swipe down on the Sound & Vibration screen and change your notification ringtone and vibration. Tap Vibration Strength and change it to Strong.

4. Check the various audio modes

Samsung Galaxy watches come with three different silent modes: Do Not Disturb (DND), Goodnight mode, and Theater mode. If either of them is enabled, the watch will not vibrate for notifications. Then select and disable them, which you can do from both Watch and phone.

To turn them off from your watch, go to Settings> Advanced.

Here you will find all three modes. If one of them is showing, tap it and disable it.

5. Check the DND mode on the phone

In addition to the Do Not Disturb mode available on the watch, the watch will also synchronize the mode from the connected phone. So if you put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode, you won't get vibrations or notifications on your watch at all. You can disable DND mode on your phone or un-sync the two in the Wearable app.

To do this, open the Samsung Wearable app on your phone. Tap Sync your phone settings. Turn off the switch next to Sync Do Not Disturb.

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6. Update and reinstall the Galaxy Wearable app

You also need to update the Galaxy Wearable app to fix any bugs in the app that might be causing vibration issues.

If that doesn't fix the problem, uninstall the app completely from your phone. Restart your phone and install it again.

7. Update the watch software

Likewise, you should look for an available Watch software update. If there was a vibration bug in the current version installed on the watch, the new software should fix it.

To check for updates, open the Wearable app on your phone. Go to Watch Software Update. Tap on Download and Install. The watch will start looking for an available update. Install it.

8. Reset the clock

Finally, if nothing works, you will need to reset your Galaxy Watch. Before doing this, you need to back up your data. For this, open the Samsung Wearable app on your phone. Go to Accounts and Backup> Data Backup.

Once you have saved the important things in your Samsung account, you can reset the watch. For this, go to General in the Wearable app and tap Reset. Follow the instructions. You can reset from the clock itself. For this, go to Settings> General> Reset.

Watch your notifications

We believe the vibration should start working on your watch after using one of the solutions mentioned above. In case the problem persists, read our post on why notifications are not working on Samsung Galaxy Watch.

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