How to Disable Noise Cancellation on iPhone in iOS 14

Does your iPhone earpiece sound muffled or somewhat weird? The iPhone has a microphone next to the iSight camera for noise cancellation, allowing the user to block out ambient noise and get a more clearer sound in the earpiece. But at times, noise cancellation can be a hit or miss, resulting in muffled or fuzzy sound, making things tough to understand. If you’re facing such an issue, let’s turn off noise cancellation to fix things in a jiffy.

Does your iPhone earpiece sound muffled or somewhat weird? The iPhone has a microphone next to the iSight camera for noise cancellation, allowing the user to block out ambient noise and get a more clearer sound in the earpiece. But at times, noise cancellation can be a hit or miss, resulting in muffled or fuzzy sound, making things tough to understand. If you’re facing such an issue, let’s turn off noise cancellation to fix things in a jiffy.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

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How Does It Work

Phone noise cancellation, first introduced in iOS 7, monitors levels of ambient background noise and produces an inverse audio signal to cancel that background noise, so you don’t hear it on a phone call. The technology works best with continuous low-level background noise, and it typically works very well. But sometimes it can produce an eerily quiet phone conversation or unsettling audio sounds, such as small crowd noises or low-level background music.

Also, some people find the noise-cancellation effect physically uncomfortable especially when using a headset. Fortunately, phone noise cancellation is easy to turn off on the iPhone. Let’s explore how to do this.

Disable Noise Cancellation

First, open Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and launch Accessibility. See below image:

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Accessing Accessibility

Next, scroll down to the Hearing section and tap Audio/Visual. See following image:

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Accessing Audio/Visual

Now, tap the Phone Noise Cancellation toggle to turn it off (the default setting is On). Refer to below image:

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Disabling Phone Noise Cancellation

Next, let’s go back one screen to make sure the change registers. You can now exit Settings. The next time you place or receive a phone call, noise cancellation will be disabled.

That’s it. You may enable the feature at any time by following the above steps.

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