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How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Posted January 6, 2008 at 5:20pm by iClarified
Currently the iPhone SMS Alert vibrates for about .4 of a second. Barely long enough to feel it. You can make it vibrate longer by following these easy steps.

NOTE*: There is now a Windows version of this tutorial here: How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer Using Windows

Step One
Click to launch Fugu from the dock.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer


Step Two
Enter your iPhone's IP Address in the Connect To: field. Enter root into the Username field then click the Connect button.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

If you do not know you iPhone's IP Address you can find it here:
How to Find the IP Address of Your iPhone

Step Three
If prompted enter your password which is usually alpine or dottie then click the Authenicate button.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Four
Once Fugu logs into your iPhone click the Go To: button from the toolbar.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Five
Make sure Remotely is selected and enter /System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/ into the Go To field. Then click the Go button.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Six
Fugu will go to the Celestial.framework directory. Drag SystemSoundVibrationPatterns.plist from the right pane to the left pane.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Seven
Hold down control and click the file (SystemSoundVibrationPatterns.plist) once it appears in the left pane. Select Open from the popup menu that appears.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Eight
Property List Editor will open SystemSoundVibrationPatterns.plist. Expand Root then Default so that you see OffDuration, OnDuration, and TotalDuration.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Nine
Change OnDuration to a longer value. I set it to 1.4 instead of .4, increasing it by 1.0. Then add the same amount you added to OnDuration to the TotalDuration number. I set it to 1.5 increasing it by 1.0.

A setting of 1.4 will make your phone vibrate for around 1.4 seconds.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Ten
Select Save from the File Menu.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Eleven
Now back in Fugu drag SystemSoundVibrationPatterns.plist from the left pane to the right pane.

It will ask you to confirm the overwrite. Click the Overwrite button.
How to Make iPhone SMS Alert Vibrate Longer

Step Twelve
Reboot your iPhone to see the changes take effect !

NOTES***:
A big thanks goes out to one4house, fabiopigi, and Snowbird for figuring this stuff out!

Windows users: You can't open plists properly unless you convert them to text. You can use this link(Thanks Snowbird) to do so: http://140.124.181.188/~khchung/cgi-bin/plutil.cgi. Use WinSCP to get the file then convert it to text using the link above. You can then modify it and upload it to your iPhone. If its not clear I can make another tutorial for Windows users. Leave comments...
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Jon
Jon - June 24, 2009 at 12:32am
Hey anyone can help me, I don't know what to do in step eight... I can open the file but it doesn't appear so I can change as the tutorial says... any ideas?
vukhey
vukhey - July 1, 2009 at 1:35am
you need to download text edit pro from the apple site before you can edit the file as the tutorial shows. hope that helps
Justin
Justin - June 10, 2009 at 4:37pm
Question: When I get a text message and leave it without Unlocking the screen, then the iPhone will buzz two more times. Really annoying. Any way to turn that off?
Alex
Alex - June 24, 2009 at 7:49am
It's the normal behavior of firmware 2.x. You can't change it. I don't know if it's still present on 3.x
Rollo Martins
Rollo Martins - August 24, 2008 at 4:27pm
Hey guys, check that software solution I mentioned, costs you a minute. asvibra for one long signal, asvibra2 for three short signals. Both available with cydia.
Chris
Chris - August 24, 2008 at 11:28am
Thoros> It works for me under 2.0.1. As one other stated... the file has moved to System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework
Thoros
Thoros - August 22, 2008 at 5:10am
Any word on a solution for an iPhone with the 2.0.X firmware? Because seriously, this is driving me insane!
Martin
Martin - August 11, 2008 at 11:31am
Ivan > Is it Jailbreaked? Have you installed SSH with Cydia? I'm sure there is a guide on this site how to connect to your iPhone.
ivan
ivan - August 11, 2008 at 10:48am
i cannot connect to my iphone using my mac...why? can anyone help?
Rollo Martins
Rollo Martins - July 31, 2008 at 8:07am
I overlooked http://www.sendowski.de/2008/07/24/iphone-notesde-goes-cydia/. The software solution for this problem works also on 2.0 now.
RolloM
RolloM - July 30, 2008 at 6:41pm
See http://www.sendowski.de/2008/06/12/asvibra2/ for a software solution (1.1.4 only for the moment, though...)
Martin
Martin - July 26, 2008 at 4:03pm
Found it! The file is in: System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework
Martin
Martin - July 26, 2008 at 3:55pm
Really miss it in 2.0
dave
dave - July 20, 2008 at 5:56am
hi guys - you worked out how to do this on 2.0 firmware? thanks !!!
Doug
Doug - April 23, 2008 at 1:22pm
user name is "root" Password is "alpine" or "dottie"
asimpleguy
asimpleguy - April 23, 2008 at 7:26am
alpine of dottie - as passwords, do not seem to work, can somebody help me on this
Doug
Doug - March 26, 2008 at 8:22pm
Forget the last two Comments. I did a work around the fact that I couldn't open the file (SystemSoundVibrationPatterns.plist) with out converting it. By going to this site: fttp://140.124.181.188/~khchung/cgi-bin/plutil.cgi Then I had to follow the Windows Tutorial step 15 and 16. Then put it go back to the Mac Tutorial to finish up. Also you will need to Restart you iPhone for it to work.
Doug
Doug - March 26, 2008 at 7:31pm
What farmware are you using on the iphone? I have 1.1.4
Doug
Doug - March 26, 2008 at 7:23pm
Ever time I "Open" the file "SystemSoundVibrationPatterns.plist" I get this: bplist00Ó _ConnectedToPowerWDefault_RingerSwitchIndicationÔ YIntensity[OffDurationZOnDuration]TotalDuration#?ð#?¹™™™™™š#?ٙ™™™™šÔ #?àÔ  #?Ó333333"*CLVbm{„–Ÿ¨±º What am I doing wrong?
Chin
Chin - March 3, 2008 at 10:12am
I am not very sure on how to do it from window. Appreciate if there is a tutorial to make SMS alert vibrate longer using windows. Thanks
Chris
Chris - February 26, 2008 at 3:48pm
i am unable to connect once i enter my ip and root any ideas?
Chris
Chris - February 26, 2008 at 3:43pm
i am unable to connect once i enter my ip and root any ideas?
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