This section gives you step by step instructions on how to enable and use the Sound Recognition feature in iOS 15, with pictures of the screens to help.
1. Tap the Settings icon to launch the Settings app. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
2. Look under Hearing and tap Sound Recognition.
3. Tap the toggle switch next to Sound Recognition to switch it to On. If you use “Hey Siri” to launch the Siri voice assistant, an alert will inform you that it will not be available while using Sound Recognition. Tap Turn On Sound Recognition to continue.
4. Tap Sounds to start selecting the sounds that your device will listen out for.
5. iOS has a comprehensive list of sounds your device can recognise, but the more sounds you choose the more storage space and memory the app will use. Tap any sound you would like to receive a notification for.
6. Tap the toggle switch next to the sound to turn notifications on. Tap Alert Tone to change the tone for that sound. Different sounds can have different alerts.
7. When your device recognises one of the sounds you have set it to listen for you will receive an on-screen notification. If your device is asleep, it will wake up to show a notification on the Lock screen. On iPhones, you will also receive an audio alert and your device will vibrate briefly.
8. If you long press on the notification, you can choose to snooze alerts for that sound for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours. This only works when your device is active, so you can’t do this from the Lock screen.
Note: Sound Recognition can also be accessed from the Control Centre. For more information about using the Control Centre, see our article: How to use the Control Centre in iOS 15 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch