Accessibility features are also a potential point of improvement in all Apple operating systems. It could be said that iOS and iPadOS are two operating systems that have a large number of functions for users with some disability or functional limitation. One of those new features in iOS and iPadOS 14 is sound recognition. This function alerts the user to a certain sound. For it, the device detects which sound it is from among those activated by the user and it results in a notification. We teach you how to activate this function and configure it correctly.

This is how sound recognition is activated in iOS and iPadOS 14

Sound recognition enables hearing-impaired users know if any important sounds are being played around you. An example of this could be fire alarms or if a baby is crying. These sounds have been indexed by Apple in its new feature called ‘Sound recognition’. It is available in the accessibility section. However, it can be activated by all users who consider that they require its utility.

To activate this function it is necessary to follow the following steps:

  • Enter the Settings iOS or iPadOS 14. This feature is only available in these versions, so if you don’t have the public or developer beta installed, you won’t be able to activate it.
  • Look for the Accessibility section.
  • Once inside, click on Sound recognition within the ‘Hearing’ section.
  • To activate the function, we leave the switch activated. It will notify us that for it to work it is necessary that the function is working Hey Siri that allows the iPad or iPhone to listen without us calling you specifically.
  • Next we press on «Sounds» and choose those sounds of which we want to receive notifications when they are played in our environment.

And ready. The function is now ready to go. To test it, you can search in any browser for any sound you have chosen. When the device hears it, it will process the sound and will issue a notification from the application ‘Sound recognition’. If you want to modify how these notifications arrive, you can do it from the Notifications section of the iOS Settings.

Also comment that when we activate this function a widget for the control center is also available. From there we can activate and deactivate the function, in addition to selecting more or less sounds depending on the situation in which we find ourselves.