What if we told you that your iPhone or iPad can listen for sounds such as doorbells, fire alarms, car horns, dogs, cats, sirens, door knocks, water running, babies crying, and more? Whether you have any sort of hearing impairment, or perhaps just a device sitting in another room or part of the house, you may have trouble listening to the sounds around the home.
With the iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 update, Apple has introduced an all-new accessibility feature called Sound Recognition to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but it’s obviously useful for other purposes too. As the name suggests, the iPhone can listen and recognize certain sounds using its microphone and send notifications letting you know exactly what it has heard. More importantly, you can choose what sounds you want alerts for, based on your priorities or what sounds you want to be notified of.
Interested in setting up this feature on your iOS device? We’re here to help. In this article, we’ll be discussing exactly how you can use sound recognition alerts on both your iPhone and iPad.
How to Use Sound Recognition Alerts on iPhone & iPad
It goes without saying that your device must be running iOS 14/iPadOS 14 or later, since this accessibility feature isn’t available on older versions. Now, without further ado, let’s get started.
Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
In the settings menu, scroll down and tap on “Accessibility”.
In the Accessibility section, scroll down to the “Hearing” category and tap on “Sound Recognition” to proceed further.
Now, use the toggle to turn this feature on. However, that’s not enough as you’ll need to manually select the sounds you need alerts for. To set this up, tap on “Sounds”.
Here, use the toggle to enable the sounds you need for Sound Recognition alerts.
When you enable sound alerts for the first time, you’ll be warned that “Hey Siri” will be disabled as long as this feature is enabled. Choose “Turn On Sound Recognition” and continue selecting the sounds you need.
That’s pretty much all there is to it. Your iPhone or iPad is now ready to listen and alert you for the selected sounds.
It’s worth pointing out that all this listening and sound recognition happens on-device and requires no internet connectivity. So if you’re a privacy buff, you don’t need to worry about sending any of the listening data to Apple’s servers.
Notifications for Sound Recognition will be delivered to the lock screen, home screen, or top of your screen as a banner if you’re actively using an app or navigating through the menu.
Apple has however warned its users not to rely on Sound Recognition alerts in circumstances where they may be injured or harmed, in high-risk or emergency situations, or for navigation. The feature is targeted towards people who’re likely staying home and have trouble listening to what’s going around in the house.
Sound Recognition isn’t the only new accessibility feature that Apple has introduced with iOS 14. Back Tap is another accessibility feature that allows you to quickly perform certain actions on your iPhone by simply double-tapping or triple-tapping on its back. You can use this to access app switcher, run shortcuts, activate other accessibility features, and more. And of course there are many other great tips for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can check out just a few here to get started if you’re interested.
We hope you were able to put the Sound Recognition feature to good use on your iPhone and iPad. Did the notifications show up accurately so far? Have you been enjoying the other changes in the iOS 14 update? Do share your valuable thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.
Apple has introduced an all-new accessibility feature in iOS 14 called Sound Recognition. This feature allows your iPhone to listen and identify different sounds, such as doorbells, car horns, dogs, cats, door knocks, etc. This is primarily meant for people who are hearing-impaired or deaf, but it can have other uses as well. You can set up your device to listen to certain sounds and alert you through a notification of what it has heard. Thus, you can set up alerts for specific sounds that you want to be notified about.
Set up Sound Recognition on Your iPhone
The Sound Recognition alert feature is only present in iOS 14 or later, so make sure your device is updated to the latest version. One important thing to note is that you will not be able to use the “Hey Siri” feature with Sound Recognition enabled. You can only use one or the other.
1. Open up the Settings app on your device.
2. In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on “Accessibility.”
3. In the Accessibility menu, scroll down to the “Hearing” category and tap on “Sound Recognition” to proceed further.
4. Turn the toggle to the On position. Tap on the Sounds menu.
5. Use the toggle to enable the specific sounds you want for Sound Recognition.
If Siri is enabled on your device, you’ll be warned that “Hey Siri” will be disabled as long as this feature is enabled. Choose “Turn On Sound Recognition” and continue selecting the sounds you need.
That’s it. With the specific sounds enabled, you’ll get alerted whenever your phone recognizes the selected sounds. All the listening and sound recognition happens on your device, so it will work even without Internet connectivity. This is an advantage if you’re concerned about privacy issues.
Notifications for Sound Recognition will appear like normal notifications. This will be either on the lock screen, home screen or top of your screen as a banner.
It is important to note that you should not rely on this feature in emergencies, high-risk situations or for navigation. Apple has warned users regarding this, asking them not to rely on Sound Recognition in situations where they may be injured or harmed.
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One of the notable features in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is sound recognition. This accessibility setting allows your iPhone to continuously listen for specific sounds and notify you when it detects them. It can be beneficial for those with hearing impairments but can also have other uses. So let’s learn how to use sound recognition on iPhone and iPad.
What Does Sound Recognition Do in iOS 14?
As the name suggests, sound recognition enables your iPhone to detect certain sounds and notify you when it hears them. You can choose to be notified about a range of sounds, including everything from fire and smoke alarms to the dings of household appliances and the sounds of pets and babies.
This can be of critical assistance to anyone with hearing impairment, alerting them about what is happening around them.
At the same time, it is a useful feature for almost anyone as you can be notified of individual sounds that you might otherwise miss when you’ve got headphones on. Moreover, it’s super simple to set up, so let’s have a look.
How to Turn On iPhone Sound Recognition in iOS 14
- Go to Settings → Accessibility.
- Scroll down and tap on “Sound Recognition.”
- Toggle ON “Sound Recognition.”
- A “Sounds” option will appear on the same screen. Select it, and you’ll see many different sound options organized into categories. You can toggleON the options that you want your iPhone to alert you about.
How to Add Sound Recognition to iPhone Control Center
- Go to the Settings → Control Center.
- Under More Controls, find and tap the green plus (+) icon next to Sound Recognition.
This will add it to the list of Included Controls. You can rearrange the items on the list using the hamburger handles on the right of each control.
- Once added, you can access it by launching Control Center on your iPhone.
Get Instant Sound Recognition Notification on iPhone and iPad
Once you’ve turned on sound recognition, you will receive an instant notification every time your iPhone detects the selected sounds. We tested this feature, and it worked pretty well, but please bear in mind that it’s not foolproof, so you should still be cautious about your environment and not rely on this feature in critical situations.
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So, what do you think of sound recognition on iOS 14? Leave us a comment with your thoughts below. Plus, have you learned about other new features such as back tap and Home Screen widgets?
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Apple’s focus on accessibility has grown since its first days of larger type and simple setups, and the Sound Recognition setting is possibly the most exciting new example of Apple’s inclusivity initiative. For those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or simply frequent users of noise-canceling headphones, the Sound Recognition feature in iOS 14 can alert them to a whole host of pre-programmed recognizable sounds. I use this feature when I’m working in my studio and can’t quite hear things like the doorbell, running water, or other important sounds. Here’s how to set up Sound Recognition, how to use it, and what to know before you start.
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How to Enable Sound Recognition on the iPhone
First, we’ll need to set up Sound Recognition on your iPhone, and then you’ll learn how to set which sounds your phone sends you an alert for. For more great tips to familiarize yourself with accessibility settings on your Apple devices, subscribe to our free Tip of the Day newsletter.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on Accessibility.
When you’re finished selecting which sounds you want alerts for, tap Back to exit the menu.
Turn Sound Recognition On & Off from the Control Center
Once Sound Recognition is enabled, you can control it easily from your Control Center. Here’s how:
- Open your Control Center. (If your iPhone has a Home Button, Swipe up from the bottom center of the screen. For iPhones without a home button, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.)
One thing to it’s helpful to reiterate: “Hey Siri” will not work when Sound Recognition is enabled, because your iPhone’s listening skills will be tuned to just the sounds you’ve asked it to send you sound notifications for. You can see the feature is easy to turn on and off, so you’ll have no trouble enabling Sound Recognition sometimes and disabling it other times.
Apple brought a bunch of new accessibility features to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Most of these features are meant to help people with hearing problems use their iPhones more effectively; however, some of these features can be used by everyone to improve their overall iPhone experience.
A great example of this is the new Sound Recognition feature. This feature lets you better monitor your surroundings with your iPhone constantly “listening.”
How Does Sound Recognition Work?
Sound Recognition turns your iPhone into a helpful hearing tool. When this feature is on, your iPhone starts to continually listen to its surroundings, looking for important sounds, such as fire alarms or people shouting.
When your iPhone recognizes a sound, it’ll automatically send you a notification to let you know what it heard. If you don’t want to deal with said notification, you can snooze it for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours.
It’s worth mentioning that your iPhone listens using on-device intelligence. This is Apple’s way of saying that you’re not being spied on and that our conversations aren’t being recorded.
Using on-device intelligence means that the recognized sounds are stored on your iPhone, albeit it doesn’t use much space. You’ll need between 5.0MB to 6.0MB, which is basically nothing.
We’ll have to see if, in the future, Apple decides to add more sounds, which would entail more storage. But that’s the small price we pay to rest assure that our information remains private.
How to Set Up Sound Recognition
Enabling Sound Recognition on your iPhone is fairly straightforward. Here’s what you have to do:
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select Accessibility.
- Scroll down again and, in the Hearing section, select Sound Recognition.
- Turn Sound Recognition on.
- Tap on Sounds.
- Here’s a list of all the sounds your iPhone can detect. Select the ones you prefer.
Sound Recognition Is Not a Life-Saving Tool
It’s important to remember that Sound Recognition is not supposed to be trusted in dangerous situations.
Apple states that you shouldn’t rely on Sound Recognition in circumstances where you might be harmed, in high-risk emergency situations, or for navigation.
There’s a reason for this. Sound Recognition is far from perfect. When testing it, it took a while before my iPhone would recognize some sounds. It does recognize them, eventually, but in a risky situation, it might be too late.
Nevertheless, Sound Recognition is a cool feature that helps you be a little more aware of your surroundings. Even if you don’t have hearing problems, you could use Sound Recognition while you have headphones on and are jamming out to loud music, etc.
iOS 14 brings a ton of new features. Frankly, I was caught off guard by this release as I thought this will be a mild year for Apple. Seeing how Coronavirus has forced us to work from home, I was expecting WWDC 2020 to be a smaller event. But Apple surprised us with a ton of new iOS 14 features announcement. And as always, there are way more hidden iOS 14 features than the ones that Apple mentioned in its keynote.
One feature that caught my fancy is the ability to identify sounds. It’s a new accessibility feature that recognizes certain sounds and sends you a notification. This is super-handy for hearing impaired users. And even people with good hearing can use it to their advantage. In this article, I am going to show you how you can use iOS 14 Sound Recognition to identify sounds on your iPhone.
Use iOS 14 Sound Recognition to Identify Sounds
We will first see how you can enable the new Sound Recognition in iOS 14, and then discuss a little bit about its usage:
1. To enable Sound Recognition, launch Settings, and go to Accessibility.
2. Here, scroll down to find “Sound Recognition” and tap on it. Enable the toggle next to “Sound Recognition”.
3. A new “Sounds” option will show. Tap on it, and then enable the toggles for all the sounds that you want your iPhone to recognize.
4. As you can see in the screenshot, the sounds are neatly categorized, and there are many sounds available. Once your iPhone identifies a sound, you will receive a notification on your iPhone, as shown below.
Use of Sound Recognition
Sound Recognition is incredibly helpful for hearing impaired iPhone users. It can notify them of fire alarms or a baby crying, and they will know exactly what is happening. In extreme cases, it can even save their lives. I think this single feature will be as helpful for hearing impaired users as Apple Watch’s fall detection feature has been for older people.
For normal users too, this feature can be handy. Suppose you work listening to music all the time. With this feature turned on, you will receive a notification when a fire alarm goes off, or someone is shouting, or your baby’s crying. It even recognizes doorbells and door knocks. You will never miss it when someone’s at the door.
Even if we don’t find it useful daily, it will be enough to give us peace of mind when listening to loud music or using noise cancellation headphones while working. We can be sure that we won’t miss any important sounds.
Enable Sound Recognition to Get Instant Notification
I tested this feature with a couple of sounds playing on YouTube, and it recognized all of them. Of course, long-term real-life testing is needed to see how well it performs in real-life situations. But if what my tests show is any sign, this can be a handy tool for not just hearing impaired users but for every one of us.
iOS 14.2 has turned out to be a pretty big update considering it’s a point version update. Not only it revamps the look of now playing screen on both the lock screen and Control Center, but it is also bringing new features. One of the new features is the new “Music Recognition” feature in the Control Center that lets you identify songs that are playing in the background or on your iPhone. In this article, I am going to show you how to use the Music Recognition feature in iOS 14.2 to identify songs.
Use Music Recognition to Identify Songs in iOS 14.2
The Music Recognition feature is the system-level integration of the Shazam app in iOS 14.2. If you remember, Apple acquired Shazam a while back and has been slowly integrating it with iOS. The integration is quite powerful and different from the Shazam app. While the Shazam app was able to identify what’s playing around you, it didn’t work when you used it to identify songs playing on your iPhone.
Since this is now a system-level feature, the Control Center toggle for Shazam (Music Recognition) can now even identify songs that are playing on your iPhone. And it doesn’t have to play on speakers. It can identify music even when you are using headphones. That is pretty cool.
There are times when I am streaming a video or binging a TV series, and I want to know what songs are playing in the background. But I cannot do so because I don’t have an extra device. With this new feature, I will be able to do that in seconds. Also, once it identifies a song, you can tap on the “Listen on Apple Music” button to play it in Apple Music. With all that said, let’s see how it works, shall we?
1. First, make sure that your phone is updated to iOS 14.2. It’s in public beta right now. If you are using a stable build, you will have to a week or two. You can learn how to join the public beta by clicking on the link if you are interested.
2. Now, go to Settings -> Control Center.
3. Here, scroll down to find “Music Recognition” and tap on the (+) button so it appears in the “Included Controls” list.
4. Now, when a song is playing around you or on your iPhone, find the toggle in the Control center and tap on it to identify the song.
5. Once it identifies the song, you can long-press on it to reveal more information along with the “Listen on Apple Music” button.
Identify Songs Playing on iPhone Using Music Recognition
I love this feature as it’s letting me identify songs on shows and movies that I love. My only complaint is that it doesn’t keep a history of identified songs like the Shazam app did in the past.
And since I don’t use Apple Music, I don’t have an easy way to launch the song in a music streaming app and save it there. Right now, I use the back-tap gesture of iOS 14 to take a quick screenshot to save the song info. Hopefully, I can improve this feature in the future.
What do you think of this new Music Recognition features? Let us know in the comments below.
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Is there any way to find the list of songs that have been recognised by music recognition feature in iOS 14.2 .
Please find me a way because I have a bad habit of always removing them when they are recognised even without seeing them!
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As we get deeper into the iOS 14 beta and closer to iOS 14’s final release this Fall, users are discovering more and more obscure features that Apple has added in the latest version of iOS, one of which is Sound Recognition.
What is Sound Recognition in iOS 14?
With a name like that, it’s not too hard to figure out what Sound Recognition does. It’s an accessibility feature that allows your phone to detect and notify you of various sounds that your phone’s microphone picks up. And unlike the smart home eavesdropping fiasco of a year ago, this is a time when you want your phone to listen to you.
For people who are deaf or hard at hearing, Sound Recognition is an extremely valuable feature. It allows you to still be notified by things like doorbells, fire alarms, and crying children without needing any other equipment than your phone. Other tools fill this purpose as well, but being able to accomplish this with just your phone makes the iPhone and even greater tool for the disabled.
What sounds does iOS 14 recognize?
In iOS 14, the iPhone is only able to recognize twelve different sounds, though they’re some of the most common a person would need to have recognized, and it’s a safe assumption that Apple will add more sounds in future versions of iOS. This feature is built on machine learning, so it’s only a matter of time before it improves and broadens.
Those twelve sounds are:
- Car Horn
- Door Bell
- Door Knock
- Water Running
- Baby Crying
Again, it’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but it’s hard to imagine any other critical sounds that a deaf person might need to hear. Apple’s done a great job of hitting all the most important sounds, making the feature a great addition to the platform.
How to enable Sound Recognition in iOS 14
For those running iOS 14, enabling Sound Recognition is a cinch. First, open the Settings app, then tap on Accessibility. From there, scroll down a bit until you see Sound Recognition and tap it.
On the next screen, tap the switch to turn Sound Recognition on.
It’s important to note that your phone will not start recognizing sounds yet. First, you need to turn on the sounds you want your device to recognize. To do this, tap Sounds on the same screen and then tap the switch next to each sound you want your device to recognize. You can, of course, turn on all of these switches.
How to add Sound Recognition to your Control Center
Another handy aspect of Sound Recognition that you might not have discovered yet is that you can add it to your Control Center. This allows you to turn it on and off whenever you need, which is particularly in situations where loud sounds are a given, such as going to a movie theater or sporting event.
To add Sound Recognition to Control Center, first, make sure that Sound Recognition is turned on using the steps outlined in the previous section. Once that’s done, open the Settings app on your device and tap Control Center.
On the next screen, you’ll see a list of everything you can add and remove from the Control Center by tapping plus and minus symbols. To add Sound Recognition, scroll down to the list of things you can add to the Control Center and tap the “+” symbol next to Sound Recognition. You should now see the Sound Recognition icon when you swipe open Control Center.
When you first tap it, you’ll be able to choose which sounds you want to recognize. After that, turning it on and off will only turn your selected sounds on and off. To change which sounds you would like to recognize, you’ll need to revisit the Sound Recognition settings in the previous section.
Apple’s stance on accessibility features
Thanks to modern regulations, every company is required to meet certain accessibility standards that enable disabled users to still participate and benefit from their products. However, most companies only do the bare minimum, making most solutions feel like unintuitive workarounds.
This is something that Apple has always worked against, and since Tim Cook’s time as CEO, it’s a mission Apple has been pursuing more aggressively. Almost every version of iOS over the last few years has included multiple accessibility features, including a VoiceOver system that won Apple a Helen Keller award in 2015. During a speech to Auburn University in his home state of Alabama, Cook had this to say on the value of accessibility features:
“People with disabilities often find themselves in a struggle to have their human dignity acknowledged. They frequently are left in the shadows of technological advancements that are a source of empowerment and attainment for others. But Apple’s engineers push back against this unacceptable reality. They go to extraordinary lengths to make our products accessible to people with various disabilities from blindness and deafness to various muscular disorders.”
It’s an eloquent speech, and one we hope Apple stands behind for many years to come.
What is Sound Recognition in iOS 14?
Sound Recognition is an accessibility feature in the upcoming release of iOS that detects sounds like alarms, pets, and children, notifying the user when these sounds are detected.
How good is Sound Recognition?
In our testing, Sound Recognition was shown to be reliable at not only detecting sounds, but distinguishing them from other sounds, too. However, as Apple warns in the Settings app, it is not a perfect feature and should not take the place of more stringent devices and services.
What happens iOS 14 recognizes a sound?
When iOS 14 recognizes a sound with Sound Recognition, the user receives a push notification to their phone that says “Sound Recognition”. The user then needs to swipe down on this notification or long-press to see which sound was recognized and to optionally snooze notifications for that sound for five minutes, twenty minutes, or two hours.
The first beta of iOS 14 includes the ability to set up notifications that trigger if the iPhone hears specific sounds, an accessibility feature that could help alert hearing-impaired users to fire alarms or dogs barking nearby.
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Shown in a video on Reddit by user “u/Jsmith4523” on Monday night, the Sound Recognition feature is an audio detection system in the iPhone that can listen out for specific sounds. Once heard, the iPhone then displays a notification on-screen advising it has heard a sound, and identifying it.
The list of sounds it can pick up include animals like cats and dogs, household sounds including running water and appliances, and doorbells and door knocks. The system is also sophisticated enough to listen out for people shouting and baby cries, and can even distinguish between alarm sounds for fires, smoke, and sirens.
Notifications are displayed with the “Sound Recognition” title, along with a brief description of what was heard.
Descriptive text for Sound Recognition advises the iPhone “will continuously listen for certain sounds, and using on-device intelligence, will notify you when sounds may be recognized.” It goes on to highlight how it should not be relied upon in cases where the user may be harmed or injured, emergency situations, or for navigation.
The function is likely to be welcomed by deaf iPhone users, as well as those hard of hearing, as it will give a visual and tactile alert to largely audio-only events.
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