I want to change sms vibrations on my Galaxy S3 but I can only change it for incoming calls. Can someone tell how to change notification vibrations for sms on my Samsung Galaxy S3?

Thank you in advance.

PS : I am using Hangouts.

Edit : If possible, I don't want to install an app to solve my problem.

  • I have answered, but I'm not sure exactly what you mean by 'change' the vibration, I've given the answer to disable/enable them. As for changing the duration, type etc you can't unless rooted.
    – RossC
    Feb 16, 2015 at 13:04

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In Android each application can control the notifications itself. So if you turn off vibration for calls, texts will still have the option, and so on.

In the case of Hangouts:

  • Open the application.

  • Swipe from the left to open the menu (technically it's a navigation drawer).

  • Tap "Settings"

  • Tap "SMS"

You can enable/disable vibration here:

(source: techcovered.org)

If you wish to change the intensity/duration/pattern of the vibration you either need an SMS app that supports this feature or access to your device coupled with a custom kernel that allows this feature.

Alternatively (though you specified you don't want to) you could try an app like Vibrate tools and see if that fits your need. I have not tested this app.

  • Ok thank you for your answer. So you are telling me that whithout a specific application or using a custom kernel it is impossible? edit : I am talking about intensity/duration/pattern of the vibrations.
    – Maxime
    Feb 16, 2015 at 13:25
  • @Maxime as far as I know yes. I'll keep looking for you though, but as of now the only way I can find is using S-Tweaks or something similar to change kernel settings.
    – RossC
    Feb 16, 2015 at 13:46
  • I will try it, thank you very much for your time.
    – Maxime
    Feb 16, 2015 at 13:48
  • @Maxime no problem, happy to help! I've added a link to an app that might help. I know you don't want to install one, but it might be the way to go in this case.
    – RossC
    Feb 16, 2015 at 13:50

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