How to Use the Apple Watch Noise App

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The Noise app on your Apple Watch is there to help protect your hearing against harmful decibels, but to get the notifications, you’ll need to enable the app. With the Noise app, you can set the decibel at which you want to be notified and set how you receive the notifications. Let’s dive in with how to protect your ears with the Noise app.

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How to Use the Apple Watch Noise App

Important note: this tip requires watchOS 6 on an Apple Watch Series 4 or later. 

On your Apple Watch:

  1. Press the Digital Crown, then select the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Noise.


     
  3. Tap Environmental Sound Measurements.
  4. Toggle on Measure Sounds.


     
  5. Tap the blue arrow on the top left.
  6. Select Noise Notifications.


     
  7. Finally, pick the decibel level at which you wish to be notified.

Now, your watch will notify you the next time you’re exposed to noise meeting or exceeding that threshold for over three minutes. This is a great way to protect your hearing for years to come.

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer at iPhone Life. He has a degree in Media and Communications from Maharishi University of Management and his work has been published in the Rio Review and Breathe Free Press.