Create custom vibrations
Find out who’s calling without looking at your phone
Give yourself a way to tell what your iPhone is telling you about even when it’s pocketed
One very useful thing about the Apple Watch is being able to see who is callling without pulling your iPhone out of a pocket. However, your iPhone is already equipped to help you with this. You can complement the ability to assign tones – built into iOS, downloaded from the iTunes Store, or created using GarageBand – with vibration patterns to indicate the type of event the phone wants to draw attention to.
iOS comes with a bunch of predefined vibration patterns, which might be all you need. If you find yourself making extensive use of the feature, you can make your own patterns just by tapping on the screen. Either way, vibrations can be set to occur when the mute switch is engaged, when it’s off – or both!
Like sound effects, patterns can be assigned to common events – incoming calls or texts, new email, calendar and reminder alerts and more – but that’s not all. If you have specific people whose calls or text messages you really don’t want to miss, such as your boss or immediate family members, you don’t need an Apple Watch to give you a gentle nudge because your iPhone enables you to assign vibration patterns to individual contacts too. Alan Stonebridge
You don’t need an Apple Watch to get nudged when someone calls or texts you