How Does a Cell Phone Vibrate?


Admit it…you’ve wondered about the origin of the vibration of your cell phone. Well, the explanation is a simple one (no, there’s no dancing little man inside of your phone): it is caused by a tiny motor, like the one pictured below, with an offset weight attached to it. When your phone rings, the motor engages, spinning the weight and causing the vibration.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.