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 customize alert and notification sounds on your iPhone

Personalize various alert sounds on iPhone

Sound alerts are an important part of your iPhone, and changing them is a great way to personalize your experience. When you receive a call or a notification, the tone should be pleasant. For example, my iPhone ringtone is the theme song of my favorite TV show, The Office. Every time I get a call, this tone slightly uplifts my mood.

If you're tired of the same default tones, we show you how to customize the alert sounds on your iPhone, such as the ringtone, text tone, alarm tone, and third-party notification tones of WhatsApp, Telegram, Gmail, Messenger, Slack, etc.