Phone vibrator apps really do exist. Here, your options...and the sex toys you should probably just buy instead.

By Lauren Mazzo
Updated February 25, 2021
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If you've ever been away from home when the mood strikes (and don't want to ~have a go~ the old-fashioned way), you've maybe looked at your phone like, "could I?!" Suddenly, that little high-tech rectangle doesn't just keep you plugged in but also has the potential to, well, get you off.

And you're not the only one wondering: Literally thousands of people search "phone vibrator app" on Google every month and, as a result, there's a decent selection of phone vibration apps on the iOS and Google Play app stores — a few of which have upward of 20K reviews, so you know people are actually using them!

But, considering what we know about phones and germs, putting your phone near your vag doesn't seem like the best idea. (Ahem: Never Put These Things Near Your Vagina either.)

"While you certainly can use your phone as a vibrator, especially if you encase it in a condom or use it over your clothes, why would you want to when there are really affordable products that are specifically designed for genital stimulation?" says Stephanie Trachtenberg, a spokeswoman for PlusOne, an affordable sexual wellness brand that offers toys at stores like Target and CVS. (If cost or availability is the issue, know this: Not only can you grab a toy at Target, but you can also buy cheap sex toys and vibrators on Amazon. Hellooo, two-day shipping!)

The Best Phone Vibrator Apps for Women

In a real pinch and want to try using your phone as a vibrator? Here's how to use your phone as a vibrator the safe way: Consider washing the hell out of your phone before and after, covering it with a condom or dental dam, and/or using it over your clothes with one of the vibrator apps below.

Vibrator Massager iVibe (iOS): The iVibe Vibrating Massager app pegs itself as "The first! The best!" vibrating iPhone app with, apparently, over a million downloads. Reviewers say the app — which has a screen locking feature, different vibe patterns, and screen animations — is more of a "gentle tickling as opposed to a full-on vibration... [but] did enough to make me a believer." Interest piqued.

iMassage U Vibrating Massager (iOS): This ~sleek~ black and red phone vibration app has 10 different patterns, a two-finger-tap on/off feature, and is the first vibration app to support integration with the Apple Watch. (Who knew crude vibe tech could be so high-tech?!) One reviewer candidly wrote that the iMassage U Vibrating Massager app is "better than the real thing." A stretch? Maybe, but also free.

BuruExtreme Vibrating Massager (iOS): This really, really simple vibrator app doesn't mess around. The BuruExtreme Vibrating Massager has simple on/off buttons, allows you to change the speed, and offers a random vibration function, but that's about it. One reviewer wrote, "I know this isn't for what I used it for but it works on giving u orgasms sooooo" — 'nuff said.

Vibrator (iOS): The name says it all: The Vibrator app offers 12 unique vibrations with names like "Breeze," "Heartbeat," and "Kamikaze" to offer pure, no-strings-attached pleasure. With 9K ratings and an average of 4.1 stars, reviewers say this is a great pick if you're "lonely." One reviewer even claims that "it gives me the strongest vibrations out of the ones I tried."

iVibrate Calm - Phone Vibrator (iOS): With three intensity levels and 12 vibration patterns, the iVibrate Calm Phone Vibrator app claims it can "help you alleviate stress and direct your focus toward what really matters" — orgasms. The 5K ratings give it 4.1 stars and reviewers suggest using it with a "bumpy case or a pop socket" to make the stimulation even more intense.

Vibrator App (Android): This Vibrator App promises to work even when your phone is closed or locked — a key consideration if you want to use a vibrator app for an extended period of time or to avoid accidental butt (err, vag?) dialing. One reviewer even wrote: "It is amazing. Didn't expect it to be so good."

Strong Vibration Massage for Women - Vibrator (Android): Although this app is called Strong Vibration Massage for Women, people of any gender can take advantage of the free buzz. One glowing review says it all. "I thought it would suck like all the other vibrator apps, but this is amazing! I use it on days when my boyfriend is at his house and I'm feeling worked up. It feels amazing."

Legit Sex Toys with Vibration Apps

Want to upgrade your solo sex life with an actual sex toy or hand over the reins to someone else via a remote control app? These are the best app-controlled vibrators and toys for hands-free or long-distance stimulation. (Also check out these remote-controlled vibrators and sex toys.)

We-Vibe: We-Vibe offers the We Connect app so you (or a partner!) can control your vibrator via phone. (Plus, there are other perks like video and text chatting in-app and the ability to save custom vibration "playlists.") They offer a whopping 16 app-enabled vibes for every type of stimulation: Try the We-Vibe Pivot cock ring (Buy It, $105, ellaparadis.com) or the We-Vibe Chorus (Buy It, $190, ellaparadis.com) for hands-free stimulation that you can wear during sex, or opt for the rabbit-style We-Vibe Nova 2 (Buy It, $170, ellaparadis.com) or clit suction-style toy, We-Vibe Melt (Buy It, $170, ellapradis.com) for solo play.

Mystery Vibe Crescendo: The MysteryVibe Crescendo (Buy It, $150, mysteryvibe.com) is pegged as the "World’s Most Advanced Luxury Vibrator" and is also designed for unisex pleasure. It's completely bendable to suit your preferences and made with body-safe silicone — and, of course, is an app-controlled vibrator using the MysteryVibe app.

Vibease: The Bluetooth Vibease (Buy It, $89, vibease.com) vibe and Esthesia rabbit (Buy It, $107, vibease.com) and app come with steamy audiobooks that the toy vibrates in sync with. Yes, really. It also allows you to send vibrations, text and voice message, and video chat with a partner in the app. (Related: The Best Online Erotica for Women)

OhMiBod: OhMiBod offers nine different app-controlled vibrators that range from a smart, vibrating Kegel toy (Buy It, $123, ellaparadis.com) to wand-style G-spot vibrators (Buy It, $80, ellapradis.com) to music vibes that actually vibe in sync with music. The options (and orgasms) are endless.