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Video with Transcript – Sound Recognition

Screen Shot from Apple.com – iOS 14 – Sound Recognition Description
Screen Shot from Apple.com – iOS 14 – Sound Recognition Description



Once you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 14, activating Sound Recognition on your device is simple, but involves a few steps to turn it on. Here’s how we do it.

First, open Settings. It’s the app with the grey gears.

Next, scroll down to Accessibility–or you can hold your finger on the screen and pull down to reveal the search bar on top to search “Accessibility”. Next to Accessibility, there should be a blue square icon with a white figure in the middle surrounded by a circle.

From there, scroll down to the section titled HEARING and tap on Sound Recognition. (There’s a little red square to the left of it.)

You should now see the option to turn on Sound Recognition. Tap the sliding button to the right to turn it on. The slider button will turn green when on. When you do this, below the “On” slider button, you’ll now see a “Sounds” option; tap it.

Now you can tap the slider buttons on the sounds you want to be alerted of. When you turn on the first option, you’ll get the following notice. DO NOT BE ALARMED. You will see a note asking you to turn off ‘Hey, Siri’; however, you can still access your close friend and personal typist, Siri, by pushing the button on your phone, as usual. When you turn this off, the ‘Hey, Siri’ feature will turn back on automatically. (What’s “Hey, Siri” you ask? check out the link in the transcripts below.)

To continue, hit “Turn on Sound Recognition” to turn off ‘Hey, Siri’ and use this feature. After that, you can finish selecting your Sounds options.

When you’re done, you can return to the Home Screen or lock your phone. Try it out… I’ve included pictures in the transcripts below of what it looks like:

Sound Recognition – More Info

What is Sound Recognition?

Hundreds of millions around the world are deaf or hard of hearing. Sound Recognition is hear (pun-intended) to help! The feature is a new part of Apple’s Accessibility offerings designed at helping the hard(er) of hearing by alerting them of sounds they may not pick up on, such as fire and smoke alarms, knocking at the door, and even barking dogs.

The screen reads, “Door Knock A sound has been recognized that may be a door knock.” Along with an option to snooze the notifications for 5 minutes. It reaffirmed I had indeed heard someone knocking. If you have an Apple Watch, Sound Recognition notifications will appear on your Watch once you’ve upgraded to WatchOS 7 (which is built into iOS 14.) See? Another perk to the newest operating system!

Why Would I Want to Use Sound Recognition?

For example, the notification above shows a screen shot of my Apple Watch’s notification through Sound Recognition alerting me that someone was at knocking at the door (I *thought* I’d heard a knock… it was the neighbor’s door.) Similarly, when I, yet, again, set off my fire alarm using the “smokeless” grill, I was alerted to it going off, both on my Apple Watch and iPhone. I had just been outside watering my tomato plant, so I already seeing the potential benefits of the alerts.



Author: Martin

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