How to use background sounds on iPhone
Background sounds are just one of the new accessibility features for iPhone and iPad in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, respectively.
If you’re looking to stop unnecessary distractions, there’s a new accessibility feature for iPhones that you might want to try.
Background sounds adds rain, ocean sounds, and other ambient noises to help block out the world around you when trying to concentrate or sleep. You can use the feature independently or, if you prefer, you can play it along with other audio files on your device. The functionality is coming with the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 update.
If you want to know how to use background sounds on iPhone or iPad devices, here’s what you need to do.
Using background sounds on iPhone and iPad devices
There are six background sound audio tracks built into the launch that you can try out: Relaxed noise, Clear noise, Dark noise, Ocean, Rain, and Flux.
At this time, it’s unclear if Apple will add additional sounds to this list in the future. If you’ve updated to iOS 15, iPad OS 15 or later, you should be able to enable those audio tracks in the Settings menu.
How to turn on background sounds on iPhone or iPad
To turn on background sounds on your device:
- Press the Applying settings on your device Homepage.
- To select Accessibility.
- To choose Audio-visual.
- Faucet Background sounds.
- Choose your settings:
- Background sounds: Activate / deactivate.
- Ring: Press to select the background sound to use.
- [Sound] Noise volume: Use the slider to increase or decrease the sound
- Use when media is playing: Activate / deactivate to play background sound with other media
- Volume with media: Use the slider to choose the volume of the background sound when playing media.
- Stop sounds when locked: Enable / disable to stop sounds when the device is locked.
You can also use a Read the sample to hear how background sounds work with other media. If necessary, change the volume accordingly.
You can change the background sounds at any time. As long as the Background Sounds toggle is on, the sound is played.
Adding background sounds to the control panel
An easier way to use background sounds is to use the Control Panel. To do this, you need to add the Hearing tile to your list of Control Panel options.
To do this:
- Open the Applying settings on your device.
- Faucet Control Panel.
- Select the + icon beside To listen, listed under More controls. This moves the option to the Controls included section.
- Use the menu button to the right of Audience possibility to move it up or down in the list.
Using background sounds on the control panel
Once you’ve added the Audition title to the Control Panel, it’s time to use it. Here’s how:
- Open Control Panel on your device.
- Press the Hearing tile (with an ear logo).
- To select Background sounds to turn it on.
- Choose the audio track to play and adjust the volume using the on-screen options.
- Faucet Background sounds again to turn it off.
Other new accessibility features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
Background sounds aren’t the only new accessibility feature in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. You can try VoiceOver, switch control, settings by app, and Memoji accessibility for other features.
With Voice off, you can read audible descriptions of text, images and other items on your screen.
In iOS 15, you can now explore people, objects, text, and tables in images in more detail. For example, you can use VoiceOver to intelligently browse receipts and nutrition label values in a logical order. You can also move your finger over a photo to find out where a person is in relation to other objects in the pictures.
To use this feature, go to Settings> Accessibility> VoiceOver to set this up.
Control switch allows you to control your device with certain verbal sounds, such as click, pop, or “ee” sound. The tool replaces the need for physical buttons, switches or complex verbal commands. It can help non-verbal users who have a few minor levels of communication.
To activate it, press Settings> Accessibility> Switch control.
Parameters by application
Apple made it possible to adjust the display and text size settings for each app. For example, you can make text bold or enlarge, increase contrast, invert colors, add color filters, etc.
To view options for your installed applications, open the Settings> Accessibility menu. The options are listed under the Pre-application settings section.
Apples Memoji (3D style personalized emoji stickers) has expanded to include various accessible characters and features.
For example, you can now create Memoji characters to include oxygen tubes, cochlear implants, and a soft helmet for headgear in the messages application.
Accessibility on iPhone and iPad devices
That’s not all: iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates also include a new magnifier app, voice control languages, and the possibility to import audiograms. Each new feature demonstrates Apple’s commitment to expanding access to some of its best features.
These features add to an ever growing list of iPhone and iPad accessibility features for Apple users. If you have your own accessibility tips you want to share, drop them in the comments below.