Setup custom alert to notify you about someone's arrival through iPhone Sound Recognition

January 3, 2022

Ideally, any new doorbell is mounted where it can be easily heard. However, if you are working in the basement or cleaning up dishes in the kitchen, its chime may not be inaudible to you. That’s where the iPhone Sound Recognition feature comes into play. It can listen out certain sounds and notify you about a guest’s arrival. So, if you have your iPhone nearby and the feature setup you don’t need to worry about leaving someone unattended.

Sound Recognition on iPhone

How to set up iPhone Sound Recognition that listens for doorbells?

Unlike smart doorbells, wired doorbells are not equipped with volume controls. So, if you are busy doing something in the house backyard or inside your home, there’s every chance of you not hearing the doorbell sound when it announces a guest's arrival. By enabling the iPhone Sound Recognition, you can set up an alert system that will ensure you never miss a visitor or important delivery again.

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  1. Go to your iPhone Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility Settings.
  3. Chose the Sound Recognition feature.
  4. Enable the option.
  5. Tap Sounds.
  6. Choose the Sounds you would like your device to list.
  7. When prompted with a message, tap Sound Recognition to enable the feature.

Apple cautions users not to rely on their iPhone to recognize sounds in circumstances where they may be harmed or injured, in high-risk or emergency situations, or for navigation.

How do I use sound recognition on my iPhone?

If you want your iPhone to continuously listen for the doorbell sounds and notify you when it recognizes the chime, do the following.

Go to your iPhone Settings.

Scroll down to the Accessibility settings and tap to expand it.

Accessibility Hearing
Accessibility Hearing

Now, under the HEARING section of the Accessibility Settings tap the Sound Recognition heading.

Sound Recognition
Sound Recognition

Slide the toggle next to Sound Recognition to the On position. Instantly, the Sounds entry should be visible to you. Tap it and choose which sounds you would like to recognize.

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Accessibility Sound Settings
Accessibility Sound Settings

For example, you can choose the Doorbell under the Household section to notify you about someone’s arrival.

Hey Siri Alert Message
Hey Siri Alert Message

If you have the Hey Siri! Turned On, you’ll see a message reading – Hey Sir! Will not be available while using Sound Recognition. It will resume after Sound Recognition has been turned off. Ignore the message and tap the Turn On Sound Recognition button.

iPhone Sound Recognition
iPhone Sound Recognition

Hereafter, you’ll see a notification whenever your iPhone detects one of those sounds. Make sure your iPhone is placed within the sound source range.

That’s all there is to it. Hope it makes sense!

Source - Apple.

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