In this article, you can check how to get background sounds on iOS 15 including Rain sound. With every software update issued by Apple, new and improved features are packed into it, designed to help users get more out of their iPhones, and iOS 15 is no exception. iOS 15 is out now and introduces a huge list of new big and small features and quality of life improvements for iOS users to dive into.
One new feature that has users particularly loved is a set of background sounds tailored for people who find them beneficial in helping to retain focus, maintain a self of calm and minimize distractions. Apple has given users the option to choose between six different types of sounds they can play in the background:
- Balanced Noise
- Bright Noise
- Dark Noise
This is the brand-new Background Sounds feature which allows users to have environmental sounds playing in the background to keep them calm or to kill the dead silence.
How to enable Background Sounds in iOS 15
Instead of having its own app, the background sounds feature is hidden inside Accessibility settings for iPhone and iPad. While Siri commands don’t work with the feature, you can set up an Accessibility shortcut for Background Sounds or use Control Center to quickly access it too.
Let’s take a look at how you can activate Background Sounds in iOS 15:
Enable Background Sounds using the Settings App:
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 15.
- Scroll down and tap on Accessibility.
- Scroll down and tap on Audio/Visual.
- Tap on Background Sounds.
- Toggle on the default Rain sound. (The toggle acts as the play/pause button.)
- You can also use the Hearing tile in Control Center to play/pause and change Background Sounds.
- To use iPhone Background Sounds while listening to music or other media, make sure the toggle is turned on, then you can also set a volume.
- Tap Sound to test, download, and change your Background Sound.
- You can set a volume level for when you use Background Sounds on their own as well as a separate volume level when used while media is playing.
- You can also toggle off Backgrounds Sounds for when media is playing.
Enable Background Sounds in the Control Center:
The fastest way to play/pause and change Background Sounds is with the Hearing tile in Control Center. The icon must be present in the control center by default. If, for whatever reason, the icon isn’t present, Go to Settings > Control Center > and then tap on the + icon next to Hearing.
- Open the Control Center, then tap on the Ear Icon.
- Tap on Background Sounds at the bottom of your screen.
- Tap on Background Sounds: Rain to change the sound.
Enable Background Sounds using the Accessibility Shortcut:
When trying to use Siri to play/pause Background Sounds, it pulls up random content in the Music app instead of the actual Background Sounds feature. And if Background Sounds are already playing, and you ask Siri to turn it off, Siri says, “There’s nothing playing.”
However, you can set Background Sounds to be an Accessibility shortcut that’s activated by triple-clicking the iPhone’s side button:
- Launch the Settings App.
- Tap on Accessibility.
- Tap on Accessibility Shortcut.
- Tap on Background Sounds.
This is faster than using Control Center as the triple-click instantly turns Background Sounds on and off.
According to Apple, the new sounds “continuously play in the background to mask unwanted environmental or external noise, and the sounds mix into or duck under other audio and system sounds.”
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