How to use Background Sounds in iOS 15 to focus, stay calm or rest

One of the new accessibility features available on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is Background Sounds. The feature can play balanced, bright, or dark noise, ocean, rain, and stream sounds continuously in the background to conceal unwanted external noises and helps you focus, stay calm, or rest. Background sounds are especially helpful for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Here is a simple guide you can follow to turn on Background Sounds in iOS 15.

How to use Background Sounds in iOS 15 to focus, stay calm or rest

Learn how to use Background Sounds in iOS 15

  1. Launch Settings on iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Hearing, tap Audio/Visual. How to use Background Sounds in iOS 15 to focus, stay calm or rest
  4. Next, take Background Sounds and toggle the switch on. How to use Background Sounds in iOS 15 to focus, stay calm or rest
  5. Tap Sound.
  6. Choose a sound effect from the available options: Balanced Noise, Bright Noise, Dark Noise, Ocean, Rain, and Stream. How to use Background Sounds in iOS 15 to focus, stay calm or rest

How to access Background Sounds via Control Center

Note that you can play/pause and change Background Sounds with the Hearing tile in Control Center. Here’s how:

  1. Launch Settings > Control Center.
  2. Tap the ‘+‘ (plus) next to Hearing.
  3. Access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen if your device has a home button or from the top-right if your device has Face ID.
  4. Tap the Background Sounds icon at the bottom of your screen to change the sound.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to use Background Sounds in iOS 15 to focus, stay calm or rest. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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