How to Use Noise App to Measure Environmental Sound in Real Time in WatchOS 6

watchOS 6 is now having a new Health Monitoring feature called Noise app, which takes care of your Hearing health, this article covers everything you need to know about it. Keep reading…

Started just as an accessory in 2015 which can display iPhone notifications, today Apple Watch has evolved to the stage where it has some fascinating features. Apart from getting app notifications, you can now answer calls, stream audio, and can even reply to messages. But that is not it. We all know Apple is taking Health Monitoring seriously and they are working towards the technology which can serve people in a more health-conscious way.

Last year, they came up with Fall Detection — which calls for help when it detects you’re fallen. There is also a feature of ECG which monitors your heart rhythm and alerts you if something’s not normal.

This time, Apple has added one more Health Monitoring feature named “Noise App” in its all-new watchOS 6. It focuses on your Hearing Health. By detecting the ambient noise around you, Apple Watch will now warn if the noise exceeds certain predefined levels like 90 decibels. Follow along to learn how to use this new decibel meter feature!

Before we jump to the guide. Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 13 and Apple watch is on watchOS 6.

How to Use Noise App on Apple Watch running watchOS 6

How to Change Noise Level Threshold on iPhone

Step #1. Open Watch app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Under My Watch tab, scroll down to Noise, and Tap on it.

Tap on Noice in Watch App on iPhone

Step #3. Next up, Tap on Noise Threshold.

Tap on Noice Threshold in Noice Settings on iPhone

Now here you can see by default it is set to limit 90 decibels for 30 minutes per day.

Change Noise Decibels on Apple Watch

Apple recommends this noise level from the World Health Organization which says — People shouldn’t experience 90 decibels of sound level for more than 30 minutes a day.

But you can change the threshold to :

  • Limit Upto 80 decibels for about 5 hours/day.
  • Limit Upto 85 decibels for about 2 hours/day.
  • Limit Upto 95 decibels for about 10minutes/day.
  • Limit Upto 100 decibels for about 3 minutes/day.

Now, let’s check out the way to do it from the Watch itself.

How to Change the Noise Level Threshold on Apple Watch

Step #1. Open Settings App on Apple Watch.

Step #2. Tap on Noise.

Step #3. Tap on Noise Notifications.

Step #4. Choose the desired option.

How to Check Noise Level in Real-Time with Apple Watch

Step #1. Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.

Step #2. Open the Noise App from the menu.

Step #3. Here you can measure the Noise around you in real-time, you will also find a message displaying OK or Loud.

Check Noise Level in Real Time with Apple Watch

If you wish to know when and how it displays this message you can tap on Learn More, but long story short, it says OK if the long-term exposure to the noise is below 80 dB, or Loud if the noise exposure is constantly more than 80 dB.

Tap on Learn Mode in Noice App on Watch to Get More Info

Wrapping up…

So that was all about the new Noise App on watchOS 6 which offers Hearing Health feature. More than that we can also expect Apple to come up with other such functionalities in the future. Until then let us know how much did you like this feature?

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