Background noise is not usually a good sign and could indicate a bug in the operating system. But in iOS 15, a new background noise feature is a real bonus.

iOS 15 is set to launch soon (iOS 15 features) and we are excited about one particular feature we have discovered. While testing the beta, which we've been doing for a while now, we came across a fantastic feature that could also look like a bug at first glance.

Basically, the feature is a health related function called "background noise". Yes, you heard right: Even though Apple has tried to filter out such background noise with the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max by means of active noise cancellation, iOS 15 comes with a feature that deliberately generates background noise.

What noises are included?

A total of six different noises are intended to help the user minimize distractions, concentrate and relax. They include the following sounds:

  • Balanced noise
  • Bright noise
  • Dark noise
  • Ocean
  • Rain
  • River

How to turn on Background Noise

You can activate this function in two different ways:

  1. In iOS 15, open Settings
  2. Select accessibility
  3. Scroll down and select Audio/Visual
  4. Tap background noise
  5. Turn on background noise

In this menu you can also set how loud the noises should be played and whether they should also be played in the locked state. In addition, you can use two sliders to set how loud the background noise should be played, for example, when listening to music, a podcast or an audio book at the same time.

There is another way to switch on the background noise feature. You can press the ear icon via the Control Centre to quickly activate the background noise.

  1. Reach the Control Centre by swiping down from the top right of the screen for newer iPhones without a home button, and for older iPhones with a home button, swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap on the ear icon.
  3. If the ear icon is not in the control center, do the following: Open the settings > Select Control Center > Scroll to the bottom and add the "listen" icon.

This article originally appeared on Macwelt.Translation by Karen Haslam.