Though most of us are still experimenting with iOS 14.6 and 14.7 beta, the next significant step is already here in the form of iOS15, which developers may now access. Apple revealed a slew of new features and upgrades at WWDC ’21, bringing much-needed next-generation improvements to critical functions.
FaceTime will get some of the most significant changes, with a focus on sound isolation. What is it, and how can you make your voice on FaceTime crystal clear and loud? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Voice Isolation in FaceTime?
Voice Isolation, as the name implies, is a new function that, when turned on, filters out the cacophony of background noises picked up by your iPhone’s microphone. Apple has taken advantage of recent advances in machine learning to bring this feature to life, allowing your friends and family to hear you as clearly as if you were in the same room with them.
With Voice Isolation turned on, you won’t have to worry about your dog barking in the background or the sounds from neighboring rooms (or even the same room) interrupting your meetings.
Voice Isolation will also become a key accessibility feature, allowing your elderly parents and grandparents to hear you more clearly during calls.
In addition to Voice Isolation, there is a ‘Wide Spectrum’ mode that allows extra ambient sounds to be heard. This will be useful for folks who don’t just want to emphasize their own voice but also want to have a background of sounds—great for calling in natural settings and for musicians recording on their iPhone.
How to turn on Voice Isolation in FaceTime
So, where can you find these new microphone options, and how do you activate Voice Isolation? It’s easy to access the Control Center by swiping down from the top of your iPhone.
Select Mic Mode. Standard, Voice Isolation, and Wide Spectrum are the three options available.
Choose Speech Isolation to make your voice come out loud, clear, and free of background disturbances.
Will Voice Isolation work on other apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc?
If you’re using third-party apps that use the microphone, such as Snapchat or Zoom, don’t worry about the sound quality because it will be limited to Facetime only. Even though it’s a system option, it won’t have much of an impact on other apps.