Have you started to see noise alerts on Apple Watch? Read on for what these alerts mean, and how to customize or turn them off in watchOS 6.
watchOS 6 includes the new noise barrier that offers hearing-focused alerts on Apple Watch. The messages are turned on by default and you can customize or disable them if you want (follow below to review).
Note: watchOS 6 is currently only available as a developer beta with the release of the version in the fall.
What are the noise watches on Apple Watch?
- Noise alerts on Apple Watch help you monitor ambient sound and tell you the declining level is detrimental to your hearing.
- The default for the noise bar is to alert you when the average sound level is hit or exceeds 90 decibels for over three minutes.
- The app also shares daily noise level limits based on decisive range and exposure time (provided by the World Health Organization).
- Apple notices that it is not registered or stored sounds with the Noise app.
Here are the audio exposure guidelines:
In addition to automatically getting noise alerts when ambient noise reaches certain decal levels, you can manually open the app to get a sound measurement around you.
How to customize noise alerts
- Open Watch app on iPhone
- Swipe down and press Noise ]
- Press Noise Limit to customize alerts or disable them
- You can press the Toggle beside Environmental Sound Measurements on the main Noise app settings page to turn off the feature completely
Here's how the process looks like:
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