Ionic 4/Angular - Use Vibration with Cordova and Ionic Native

In this tutorial, we will learn together how to use the Cordova Vibration plugin to vibrate apps built using Ionic 4/Angular framework. The example which we are going to build is simple with a button when clicked vibrate our device but of course this is just to demonstrate how to use vibration. You can use it as a base template for building a full featured real app with vibration and other features.

Let's get started by generating a new project based on Ionic 3 or you can use it in an existing project.

Open your terminal or command prompt and run:

ionic start vibration-demo bank --type=angular
Please note that i'm using Ionic CLI 4 .

Next navigate inside your project root directory and install both the Cordova vibration plugin and its Ionic Native wrapper:

ionic cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-vibration --save 
npm install --save @ionic-native/vibration

Now we need to add it to the list of main module providers

Go ahead and open src/app/app.module.ts

Start by importing the Vibration wrapper from @ionic-native:

/* ... */

import { Vibration } from '@ionic-native/vibration';

/* ... */

providers: [
    {provide: ErrorHandler, useClass: IonicErrorHandler}
export class AppModule {}

After this ,you should be able to inject and use vibration in your component so open src/pages/home/home.ts

Then import and inject the vibration plugin

import { Vibration } from '@ionic-native/vibration';

/* ... */

selector: 'page-home',
templateUrl: 'home.html'
export class HomePage {

    constructor(public navCtrl: NavController , private vibration :Vibration) {


/* ... */

Next add a vibrate() method


which is going to vibrate the device 1000 ms == 1 s ,you can also pass an array to vibrate()

    this.vibration.vibrate([1000 , 500 , 2000]);

Which is going to vibrate the device 1s then pause half of second then vibrate it 2 seconds .

Now lets add a button and bind it click handler to the vibrate() method .

Open src/pages/home/home.html then add a button


    <ion-title>Vibration example demo </ion-title>


<ion-content padding>
<button ion-button (click)="vibrate()">Vibrate ME </button>

The next step is to add a platform to your project .I will be using Android so

ionic cordova platform add android 

Then run on your device with live sync using

ionic run android -l 


We have seen how to use the Cordova vibration plugin and Ionic Native 3 to create an Ionic 4/Angular app that uses vibration.

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