There are probably quite a few things that you didn’t know that your iPhone and iPad can do. One of these things is a feature found on the Accessibility menu called Sound Recognition and it can be set up to listen for certain sounds and will notify you when the handset or tablet recognizes one of the selected sounds. For example, if you set your phone or tablet to listen for a door bell, it will send you a notification when a door bell goes off.
The tech giant notes that Sound Recognition should not be relied upon in circumstances where you may be harmed or injured, in high-risk or emergency situations, or for navigation. Once you toggle on Sound Recognition, you will not be able to use the Hey Siri feature to access your voice assistant. The sounds that your iPhone can listen for include:
- Smoke Alarm
- Fire Alarm
- Car Horn
- Door Bell
- Door Knock
- Water Running
- Baby Crying
Just remember that with Sound Recognition turned on, the Hey Siri feature is disabled. And your device can be set to listen for more than one sound at a time.
If you have a hearing problem, it might be worthwhile to set this feature up to alert you to a smoke alarm, a fire alarm, a door bell, and more.