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Baby crying? Glass breaking? Easily turn your iPhone into a noise-detection device

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Have you considered using your iPhone to protect your home from burglars? It’s not as strange as it sounds. Keep reading to quickly turn your iPhone into a noise-detection device.

Do you really need noise-detection on your iPhone?

Noise detection technology can come in handy. For parents, instead of spending money on baby monitors, you can use your iPhone to hear when your child is crying.

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Worried the obnoxious beeping of your smoke detector won’t wake you up if there’s a fire? You can use your iPhone to alert you if it hears the smoke alarm.

The same goes for protecting yourself against burglars. You can use your iPhone to detect the sound of glass breaking so you can notify the authorities safely from your bedroom.

How does it work?

The noise-detection feature was first released in the iOS 14 update. It allows you to detect different sound variations, including sirens, doorbells, barking dogs, a crying baby and more.

Even a flood detecting option allows you to hear if water has been left running somewhere in your house or is flooding into your home. This handy feature can help you save money from purchasing other devices that do the same thing.

While it doesn’t fully replace a home security system, it is a helpful addition to whatever technology you are currently using. It’s also beneficial for those who have reduced hearing.

How to use Apple’s noise-detection feature

You can turn on the noise-detection feature for specific sounds or all 14 different options at once, depending on what you want to use the feature for. Just follow these steps:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  • Tap Sound Recognition.
  • Slide the toggle next to Sound Recognition to the right to enable it.
  • Tap Sounds, then turn on the sounds you want iPhone to recognize.

Once the feature is on, you’ll get notified by tone and vibration when your iPhone detects any of the sounds:

  • Fire alarm.
  • Siren.
  • Smoke alarm.
  • Cat.
  • Dog.
  • Appliances.
  • Car horn.
  • Doorbell.
  • Door Knock.
  • Glass breaking.
  • Kettle.
  • Water running.
  • Baby crying.
  • Coughing.
  • Shouting.

Bonus Tip: You can quickly turn this feature off in Control Center. Here’s how:

  • Open Settings > Control Center, then tap the plus next to Sound Recognition.
  • To activate the feature from Control Center, open Control Center, then tap the control.

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