How to improve the audio quality of calls on iPhone

How to improve the audio quality of calls on iPhone

We've all undoubtedly been in a situation where we've had to take a call while there was lots of background noise going on around us. This can make it hard for the person on the other end to distinguish what we're saying. Luckily, iOS has some options that can help us improve call quality through noise cancellation as long as you're running iOS 7 or later. Here's how to enable the option:

Note: This may not be available for all models of iPhone. From what we're seeing and hearing, it appears to be available for the iPhone 5 and newer.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Now tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down and under the Hearing section, enable the option for Phone Noise Cancellation.

That's it. While this isn't fool proof, it can help to reduce as much noise as possible when you're in a loud environment. This should help your caller be able to hear you better.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 19 comments. Add yours.

ssandler77 says:

I do not have an option for Phone Noise Cancellation. I am on a 4s Verizon, does that matter?

beathookup says:

I do not have an option for it either, I'm on a Sprint iPhone 5C. Shouldn't matter from what the article said by stating anyone who is on iOS 7

unstoppablekem says:

I'm suprised the 5C doesn't have this. It should, as the iPhone 5 has it, and the 5C is basically an iPhone 5.

Metro1088 says:

The A5 chip has hardware noise cancellation built in to support Siri. I'd be surprised If the option is missing in the OS.

ilongbored says:

My iPhone 5 has this on by default.

mclarensr says:

I dont see this option on my 4S.

iSRS says:

On by default for me. iPhone 5/Verizon

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Talibabs says:

I also don't have this option on the 4s..any idea of why? says:

This doesn't seem to be available on the 4 or 4S.

thejasonhowell says:

Not on my TMo 5c either.

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GayOsiris says:

Isn't this option turned on by default in iOS 7? It was on my iPhone 5 (Rogers/Canada).

allensize04 says:

apparently this must only be an available on the 5s. and has nothing to do with software.

jmburke1982 says:

I have it on my 5, and it was on by default.

jmecca09 says:

One note, the option will be greyed out if you are using hearing aid mode. Tested on iPhone 5

pr1nce says:

I don't have this option on my 4S either.

Fit24 says:

This option is not on my 4S.

icecrystal23 says:

I thought this was the point of the extra microphone on the back of the iPhone 5. That's why it's missing from other models. Old news to me.

Judy Goodman says:

I have a iPhone 4 I can not hear when I get a phone call , just got it today I ordered it