June 17, 2024

How to Use a White Noise Machine for Your iPhone.

While many people shop online to find a white noise machine, which can range from $20 to over $100, there may be no need. You probably already have one – you may even be holding one now.

iPhones running iOS 15 or later have a built-in white noise feature, as long as it’s an iPhone 6S or later and the software is up-to-date. (For reference, iPhone 6S models were first available in 2015, so later iPhones will have this feature.)

But first: What do these white noise devices actually do?

“The main feature of audio devices is continuous sound as opposed to changing sounds such as music, radio and television,” it said. David Neubauer Dr, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Our brains pay attention to changing sound, but a constant comforting sound can help us fall asleep.”

Various sounds in your home can also block out ambient noise, but the constant sounds emitted by these machines help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Here’s how to use white noise sounds for iPhone.

The setting isn’t labeled as “white noise,” but rather “background sounds” on your iPhone.

To get to this featurego to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Background Sounds.

Once you’re here, switch on background sounds and you’ll be greeted with a relaxing sound to help you sleep or focus.

You can choose from a range of sounds: rain, stream, ocean, flat noise, bright noise and dark noise. You can also adjust the volume of the sound.

That’s all you have to do to choose your favorite background sound and volume level.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to set a timer to turn off this background sound after a set number of hours, but you can turn on a setting that will stop the background sounds when your phone is locked.

Here’s a video for a step-by-step visual explanation of turning on your phone’s white noise feature.

You can add a shortcut to quickly access this feature.

If you want to use this feature often but don’t want to follow the above steps every time, you can set an accessibility shortcut.

By creating an accessibility shortcut for background sounds, you’ll be able to turn your favorite background sound on and off by triple-clicking the power button on the side of your iPhone.

To set up an accessibility shortcut, go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and select Background Sounds. From there, you’ll be able to use the three-tap trick to turn on the white noise.

Background sound for sleep can be helpful for several reasons.

There’s a reason many people—from parents of infants to people who live in busy neighborhoods—swear by these white noise sounds.

“I think there are two ways that audio devices are helpful. Obviously, they can prevent other sudden sounds that could wake us up during the complete silence of the night,” said Neubauer.

These sounds may include honking horns, barking dogs or loud neighbors – all things that have probably woken you up at one point in your life.

The devices also create a “cocoon of sound that can provide a sense of security,” Neubauer said. “Sometimes complete silence can make people listen very closely and prevent them from going to sleep.”

In other words, you won’t be hearing bumps at night because your sound machine blocks out noise and you’re falling asleep, but you’ll still be able to hear important sounds like a house alarm.

These machines often emit muffled sounds such as rain or fan whirring, or muffled static noises known officially as brown noise or pink noise. (Although “white noise” is often used as a general term, true white noise can be very intense—these alternatives are much more sleep-friendly, Neubauer said.)

Although a a recent systematic review As for audio devices, proof of their benefits has not been found, Neubauer said that is because there is not much serious research on the subject. He said that audio devices are still worth trying – he uses them himself.

And, if you have a recent iPhone, you can try sleeping with relaxing background sounds without even buying a sound machine.

CORRECTION: Apple previously said the white noise feature is only available on iPhone X or later; it is available on iPhone 6S or later. This article has been updated to reflect the correct information.

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