Apple’s iOS 14 released a number of new accessibility features, including the iPhone magnifier function, the new Back Tap feature, and others. These features are primarily intended for people with visual or hearing impairments, but they are beneficial to everyone. A sound recognition function that notifies users if their device detects a specific sound is one of the lesser-known but useful accessibility features. In iOS 14, for iPhone and iPad, here’s how to use your device to detect sounds.
It detects common sounds, including a smoke alarm, a voice of a cat or dog, a fire alarm, a doorbell, a running water, and a baby crying. The logic behind this feature is that if you can’t hear the sound, your iPhone or iPad can. When a sound (say, the Cat’s meow) is recognised, your iPhone will vibrate, play a sound, and display a notification to alert you. The sound recognition feature performed admirably in our tests. There is, however, a catch. First, the device must be close enough to the sound to detect it. You can also activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” when the sound recognition feature is enabled. Of course, it isn’t perfect, as the feature may fail to recognise the sounds that were initially set to listen for. Keep in mind that Sound Recognition should only be used when you are having difficulty hearing sounds. Do not rely on this feature in an emergency or in a high-risk situation.
Make sure that your device is running iOS 14/iPadOS 14 before you start Sound Recognition. Open your iPhone home screen’s main Settings app and tap Accessibility. Select Sound Recognition on the Accessibility screen. Set the Sound Recognition toggle switch. Choose Sounds. Sounds. Set your toggle switch on the Soundscreen for any sound for which a notification is requested.