How to Use Voice Isolation on iOS 15

How to block out distracting background noise on FaceTime

What to Know

  • Start a FaceTime call > Control Center > toggle the Mic Mode to Voice Isolation.
  • Voice Isolation uses machine learning to block out ambient sound in favor of your voice.

This article teaches you how to use the voice isolation microphone mode on iOS 15 (iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max or iPhone 11 and newer) and explains what it does and any limitations it may have.

How Do You Do Voice Isolation on FaceTime? 

Voice Isolation mode is a valuable feature in iOS 15 to block background noise when taking a FaceTime call. It only requires a few steps to implement. Here's how to do it.

  1. Open FaceTime on your iPhone.

  2. Start a video or audio call with someone.

  3. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center.

  4. Tap Mic Mode.

  5. Tap Voice Isolation

    Steps on iOS 15 to enable Voice isolation on FaceTime

    The Mic Mode setting appears when you're on a voice or video call. It won't appear in the Control Center in any other situation.

  6. Swipe away to dismiss Control Center and return to the call.

  7. Voice Isolation is now active on the call.

What Does Voice Isolation Do?

Voice Isolation is a new mode on iOS 15 which aims to separate your voice from any background noises occurring during FaceTime calls. It helps your voice remain in focus throughout the call, silencing any ambient noises around you.

It achieves this through advanced machine learning, so your iPhone can distinguish your voice and background noise.

The focus is on your voice and not your surroundings, which is helpful in a noisy place. Effectively, it's a form of personalized noise cancellation for the recipient of your call. 

Why Would You Use Voice Isolation Mode?

Voice Isolation mode is helpful in various situations throughout your daily life. Here's a look at some of the best examples.

  • When taking a call somewhere noisy. If you're on a FaceTime call while walking down a busy street, it can be challenging for others to hear you. Using Voice Isolation can cancel out background noise more effectively than before.
  • When calling someone with hearing issues. If you're calling someone with hearing issues, Voice Isolation will help elevate your voice so they can hear you more clearly. 
  • When wanting a crisper call. FaceTime typically delivers fairly crisp-sounding calls, but Voice Isolation makes the calls sound even clearer. Turning it on is a win-win situation. 

Does Voice Isolation Work With Other Apps?

The technology is there for Voice Isolation to work with other third-party apps, so it's not exclusive to FaceTime. The app developer needs to enable it, so expect to see it in other voice apps soon.

Does Voice Isolation Work With Older iPhones? 

Voice Isolation requires an A12 Bionic chip or newer, so it isn't available on iPhone X or older devices. 

  • How do I record my voice on FaceTime?

    You can screen record on FaceTime, which will give you a recording of the entire call, including voice and video. On an iPhone, access the Control Center and tap Screen Record. The countdown timer will give you three seconds to exit Control Center and make your FaceTime call. When the call is over, tap the red status bar at the top of your device screen to stop recording.

  • How do I get a voice changer on FaceTime?

    You can use a third-party voice-changing app or tool to change your voice on FaceTime. For example, for iOS, download Call Voice Changer or get MagicCall. You can also download MagicCall for Android. For Windows PCs, visit the VoiceMod website to learn about and download this voice-changing tool for FaceTime, Zoom, and other tools.

  • How do I FaceTime with Google Voice?

    While you can't FaceTime with Google Voice, you can use Google Voice for video and voice calls. For video calls, download the Google Voice app for iOS or Android, select the Call button, enter the phone number or a name from your Contacts list, and tap Calls. Next, tap Video Call, and your call will connect with video, just like FaceTime.

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