When you’re in a meeting, on the train, or have muted your phone for some other reason, vibrations can let you know when you receive a call. But with Vybe, you can create unique vibration patterns for contacts so you’ll know who’s calling without the need to look at your phone.
Switching your phone to silent mode is great if you want to avoid distraction or don’t want to disturb others. Knowing that your device will vibrate if someone calls means that you’re safe to leave it in your pocket and not have to check it every couple of minutes.
But when your phone vibrates, there is no way to differentiate between an important call that you need to take, a spam call, or a call from a friend. All this changes with Vybe. This free tool can be used to create unique vibration patterns for different contacts so you can tell who is calling without having to reach into your pocket.
Grab yourself a copy of the app from Google Play and swipe through the introductory guide. You will find yourself presented with a basic recording view not dissimilar to a voice recording app.
Tap the red record button to start configuring your first vibration pattern. Use the main circular button to tap out the vibration you’d like to use – you can tap out Morse code, percussive patterns, or whatever else takes your fancy.
Check how a vibration sounds – or feels – by hitting the record button, which has now turned into a play button. If you’re not happy with what you have created, tap the refresh button to start again, or save those you like by tapping the disk icon.
Although Vybe is all about creating easily identifiable vibration patterns for individual callers, you can also use the app to change the default vibration for incoming calls and text messages. To do this, just tap the call or SMS buttons at the top of the app. Should you do this and then change your mind, head to the Settings section and clear the Default options.
But the point of Vybe is to assign different vibrations to each contact, or type of contact. Having recorded a pattern you like, tap the Add Contact button to the lower right of the screen and then select the contact or contacts for which the current vibration should be used.
Tap the circle button followed by ‘Apply to call’ or ‘Apply to SMS’. It’s worth noting that the Settings menu can be used to quickly invert the selection, which is handy if you want to select a large number of contacts without too much tapping.
Vibration patterns can be managed by tapping the button to the lower left of the app screen. From here you can delete any patterns that are no longer needed, playback those that have been retained as well as load them in to the app when they are ready to be assigned to contacts.
Mark Wilson is a software fiend and a fan of the new, shiny and intriguing. Never afraid to get his hands dirty with some full-scale geekery, he’s always trying out the latest apps, hacks and tweaks. He can be found on Twitter and Google+.
- Published 03/25/13