How to play white noise in the background using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac (no app required)

Noise, Rain, Ocean, and Stream background sounds on iPhone

While some people like working and sleeping in silence, others prefer white noise in the background. Background sounds can mask unwanted ambient noise, minimize distraction, help you focus on what you're doing, assist you in staying calm, or support you while resting.

Earlier, you had to rely on third-party white noise apps from the App Store or hours-long Zen YouTube videos for soothing sounds if you needed them to help you fall asleep or focus on something. They worked great, and still do.

But nowadays your iPhone, iPad, and Mac have a built-in function to play relaxing background sounds or white noise. In short, they can work as a white noise generator, and in this tutorial, we will show you how to use that.

How to reduce background noise in iMovie

Reduce background noise in iMovie

If you captured a video that you’d like to use in another creation or simply edit in iMovie, you may have to make some adjustments. You might need to repair the color or fix a shaky video. Another enhancement you might want to make is to remove background noise.

If you shot your video outside on a windy day or around another distracting sound, background noise can hinder an otherwise terrific video. Here’s how you can reduce background noise in iMovie on Mac and iOS.

Apple Watch Noise app helps autistic man with social issues

Noise app

Apple introduced the Noise app with watchOS 6 this year. The feature – available on Apple Watch Series 4 and later - measures ambient noise, and is aimed at helping Apple Watch wearers to protect their hearing. Now People magazine has a story about how the Noise app is helping an autistic man to manage an issue that could cause social discomfort.

Adjust and manage AirPods Pro Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency

AirPods Pro Noise Controls Control Center

If you’ve recently purchased AirPods Pro, then you’re going to want to get familiar with the noise-control modes. You have three modes; Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and Off. You can change these settings based on how much sound you want to hear around you.

This tutorial shows you how to adjust Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency for your AirPods Pro.