phone randomly vibrating in youtube app while watching a video.

iOS and iPadOS

High, in the youtube app while I am watching a video, my phone will randomly vibrate. I am running ios 9.3.2 on an iPhone 5 s. why is my phone randomly vibrating? Thanks in advance for any help.



Submitted by Jakob Rosin on Monday, May 23, 2016

Every time a contextual ad, such as offer to download an app or view concerts for an artist etc pops up, the phone vibrates. The ad is viewable near the top of the screen.

Submitted by riyu12345 (not verified) on Monday, May 23, 2016

I don't know what to tell you. I'd contact the makers of the youtube ap but I don't know who they are.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Google acquired YouTube, and they develop the YouTube app.

Submitted by ming on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

yeah! it hhas been hapened for me as well.
and I was thinking about the subscribe channel has new video.
but, it is not the case...

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Brad and Ming, I'm not sure if you saw, but Jakob Rosin explained why this is happening in the first reply. It vibrates whenever a contextual ad appears. Jakob, thanks for answering as I was curious as well, but never troubled enough to ask about it.

Submitted by Joe on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

Go figure Google and advertising?? Not surprizing at all vary annoying.

Submitted by MsHollyWeezy on Thursday, May 26, 2016

I was wondering the same thing why YouTube was vibrating randomly. Now I know. It wasn't a big deal to me and wasn't bothering so that's why I never asked.
It's been vibrating at random times for months now though so this isn't a new thing.

Submitted by ellzagirliegirl on Friday, May 27, 2016

Yes, I have had this too.
It's odd, been happening for months now. I didn't know about the thing with the ads, are those accessable with VoiceOver like can it read the ad?

Submitted by LadyMunch on Sunday, December 23, 2018

this happens when cards, annotations or any other screen info pops up. No way to turn it off either. Very irritating.

Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Sunday, December 23, 2018

I personally think it's a clever and less intrusive way of telling you that a card popped up. Would you rather have VoiceOver babble on a message like "card displayed" every time this happens? Video creators sometimes display these in the middle of a video to link to something related to what you're watching. Sometimes, it's obvious because they'll tell you that they'll link to a previous video or whatever, but just as often they'll say nothing and then this queue is quite useful and something which doesn't exist at all on the web.

Submitted by MikeFont on Sunday, December 23, 2018

It tips you off there is info being displayed in a non-intrusive way. We definitely need more ways of that in my opinion. But, the option to toggle it, would always be desireable, true. :)

Submitted by Michael Charlton on Sunday, December 23, 2018

Is there a quick/accurate/single gesture way to iteract with a pop up card? Sometimes I hate to have to go after the link in the description.

Submitted by Minionslayer on Monday, December 24, 2018

Hello Michael Charlton,
Cards will always appear in the top right -hand corner of the video player. You can just simply double-tap on them to go to whatever the uploader has set the card to do.
Annotations and cards information:
Cards are fairly new in YouTubes features, they were made to replace annotations after YouTube retired them in late 2017. All videos with annotations will have them removed on15.1.2019.
Annotations were able to:
Link the viewer to a specified timecode in the current playing video,
Link the user to any other video
and open websites.

Cards are like annotations. They generally have the same features apart from:
Cards can't link the viewer to a specific timecode
and an uploader can now create a small multi-optional form with a card consisting of radio buttons. They can obviously choose the option titles, the number of options and adding more info about the form. The form can be about whatever the uploader wants. For example,a suggestion on the next upload.
Hope this helps.