How to Install Noise App to Measure Decibel Levels with Apple Watch

Along with Loop Tracking, the Noise app is watchOS 6’s highlight. The app measures environmental sound levels with the help of microphone and exposure time. When Apple Watch detects that the decibel level has exceeded the set threshold and could damage your hearing, it alerts you with a light tap on your wrist. By default, the app notifies when the noise level exceeds 90 decibels. However, depending on your hearing health, you can choose from multiple options such as 80 or 85 decibels to stay away from noisy environments. In this guide, I will walk you through the quick steps to set up the Noise app to measure decibel levels with the Apple Watch. So let’s get started!

Note: While watchOS 6 is available on all previous-generation Apple Watches except the original Apple Watch, the Noise App will only come to the latest Apple Watch Series 5 and previous-generation Series 4 Apple Watch.

How to Use Noise App in watchOS 6 on Apple Watch

According to the World Health Organization, 80 decibels of sound can destroy hearing after 5 hours and 30 minutes of exposure each day. And if the sound level rises to 100 dB, hearing can be damaged after just 3 minutes of exposure per day. Well, it goes on to show why we should avoid repeated and prolonged exposure to loud noise.

Install Noise App on Apple Watch

1. Start Noise application On your Apple Watch.

2. Now, tap on enable to start monitoring noise levels.

Enable Noise metering on Apple Watch

In the future, you can use the Noise app to measure the environmental noise around you.

Note: Water and wind can have an effect on the accuracy of sound levels. Try using Water Lock during water-based activities (from control centre). It is also worth noting that measurements are stopped when you use Water Lock, microphone or speaker on your smartwatch.

Define Noise Threshold and Turn on Noise Notifications

1. Open Apple Watch app on the accompanying iPhone and my watch tab is selected at the bottom.

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Launch the Watch app

2. Now, tap on Noise and Select enable on the next screen.

Turn on Noise Notifications

3. Then, a noise threshold It is located under Noise Notifications and then select a preferred option. By default, 90 decibels is selected. According to the World Health Organization, sound at 90 decibels can damage hearing after 30 minutes of exposure each day.

  • 80 decibels, Limit: About 5 hours 30 minutes/day
  • 85 decibels, Limit: 1 hour 45 minutes/day
  • 90 decibels, Limit: 30min / day
  • 95 decibels, Limit: 10 min / day
  • 100 decibels, Limit: 3 min / day

Set Noise Threshold

After configuring the noise threshold, the app will notify you when the volume exceeds this limit.

Monitor Environmental Sound Levels Using Your Apple Watch and iPhone

After you set up the Noise app, you can check the noise levels of your environment directly from your Apple Watch or iPhone.

one. Noise The app on your Apple Watch.

2. Now, a live update bar chart It will show the noise level of your environment.

Check the noise level on Apple Watch

Below the chart, you should see a brief description of the sound levels. If you are exposed to a noisy environment, it warns you to stay away or use protection. However, if the decibel level is normal, it can be said that prolonged exposure to this sound will not affect your hearing. You can also use the Noise watch face complication to easily keep track of live updates on the noise level of your environment.

Checking the Noise Level from Your iPhone

  1. start Health Tap the app on your iPhone and then Search tab is at the bottom of the screen.

View Noise Levels

2. Next, tap on it. Hearing and Select Environmental Sound Levels.

Tap on Hearing and select Surround Sound Levels

Now you can view information about environmental sound levels on the screen.

Check noise decibels

Note: On this screen, there is also the option to control the volume levels of your headphones. This can be helpful when you want the volume to stay within limits.

Disable Noise Measurement on Apple Watch

Maybe you no longer find the Noise app useful or think you can live without it. Whatever your personal reason, you can easily turn off noise measurement on your Apple Watch.

  1. Simply open Settings Select the app on your Apple Watch and Noise.

Launch Settings app on Apple Watch - adjust noise app

2. Now, tap on Environmental Sound Measurements and turn off the switch Measure Sound.

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Measure environmental sound

There is also a quick way to disable noise measurement from paired iPhone. Simply launch the Watch app on your device. Select iPhone > My Watch tab > Noise > then turn off the Environmental Sound Measurements switch.

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Take Care of Your Hearing Health…

So you can use your Apple Watch and iPhone to monitor the noise level and avoid noise as much as possible. It can go a long way in keeping your hearing health in good shape. After trying this new feature, I must say that as a premium health and fitness device, Apple’s smartwatch has further enriched its profile. Do you have anything to say about it? Throw in the comments below.

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