Here’s how to quickly use your iPhone to turn on white noise

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(Pocket-lint) – Got a baby who needs white noise to help them fall asleep? Or maybe you’ve always been listening to the sounds of the fans at night before bed and now you find yourself in a hotel room hearing all the sounds around you and you want to find a way to block out all the ambient noise outside so you can rest and can relax.

There is hope: the iPhone has a white noise function. Here’s how to use it.

What is white noise?

We can go into detail, but to save time, know that white noise contains all frequencies and is often used to mask other sounds.

How to enable white noise in Control Center on iPhone

If you want to suppress background noise and use your iPhone as a white noise machine, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Add Listening to your Control Center

You need to add Hearing to your Control Center panel. Control Center gives you instant access to features like quickly taking a photo, turning on Wi-Fi, controlling your Apple TV, and in this case, turning on white noise. However, for white noise to be a Control Center option, you need to add it in the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Search and find the Control Center menu.
  3. Locate the Listen control and add it.

Annotation : To open Control Center, swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen. To close Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Use Hearing in Control Center to enable white noise.

Once you’ve added Hearing as an option in Control Center, you can now use it to enable white noise. In Control Center, click the option (ear icon) and under the Background Noise option, select one of the following options: Balanced Noise, Light Noise, Dark Noise, Ocean, Rain, and Electricity. These sounds are all considered white noise and are used to cancel out ambient noise.

  1. Go to the control center.
    • Swipe down from the top-right corner of the home screen.
  2. In Control Center, tap Hear (ear icon).
  3. Choose a background sound from Hearing’s speaker menu.
  4. Feel free to adjust the volume.
  5. You also have the option to connect an audio device.
  6. Make sure the Background Noise button below is enabled.
    • Touch it to activate it if it is deactivated.

And that’s it !

How to turn on white noise with iPhone side button?

If you want to use your side button to enable white noise instead of using the Control Center method above, follow these steps:

Step 1: Enable background noise in settings.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Search and find the Accessibility menu.
  3. Select Audio/Visual (under Hearing).
  4. Select Background noise (Apple’s term for white noise).
  5. To turn on background noise, press the power button at the top of the page.
  6. You can then adjust the volume and turn on the “Stop sounds on lock” option if you want.
  7. Make sure you select a tone before going back:
    • Balanced noise
    • clear noise
    • dark noise
    • ocean
    • Rain
    • electricity

Step 2: Create an Accessibility Shortcut

After setting your preferences in the step above, you need to create an accessibility shortcut.



  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Search and find the Accessibility menu.
  3. Scroll down and tap Accessibility Shortcut (under General).
  4. Tap on background noises to select them from the list.

Step 3: Triple click the side button

If you follow the second step above, background noise will be set as your accessibility shortcut. So every time you triple-press the side button, it will play the background sound of your choice, even when the screen is locked. You can also tie background sounds to the back button if you prefer.

To learn more, read the following: How to Use iPhone Apple Logo as Secret Button.

Does White Noise Turn Off When Your iPhone Locks?

No not at all. You need to specifically set it in settings to turn off when your iPhone is locked (we explain how above). So do not worry!

Written by Maggie Tillman.


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