How to Reduce Background Noise in FaceTime with Voice Isolation (2022 Update)

Enjoy clearer audio in FaceTime with this new sound setting.

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If you've ever tried to FaceTime in a noisy location, you know that FaceTime's audio clarity can leave a lot to be desired. With iOS 15, Apple aims to fix that by offering a Voice Isolation Mic Mode for FaceTime so your voice will stand out above the background noise. We'll show you how to use this new feature to enjoy better-quality sound in FaceTime.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Sound loud and clear over FaceTime, regardless of the commotion surrounding you.
  • Save the ears of those you're FaceTiming with by reducing background noise.

Important: Voice Isolation works on iPhone XR, XS or XS Max and newer, running iOS 15 or later. Since this FaceTime feature was rolled out with iOS 15, if you have an earlier software version you will need to update to iOS 15 before using this tip.

How to Use FaceTime Voice Isolation Mode on iPhone in iOS 15

Use this microphone mode to enhance the audio during a FaceTime call by cutting down on interference and background noise. To master more FaceTime and iOS 15 features, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open FaceTime.

    Open FaceTime
  2. Swipe down from the upper-right corner to open the Control Center. If your iPhone has a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen instead.

    Swipe to open Control Center
  3. Tap the Mic Mode button.

    Tap Mic Mode
  4. Tap Voice Isolation.

    Select Voice Isolation

Now you can start a FaceTime as normal and that busy coffee shop should sound like a calm oasis—at least to the person on the other end of your FaceTime call.

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.