What Does Voice Isolation Mean on iOS 15?


After a period of three-month-long beta testing, iOS 15 has finally arrived. There are tons of new features available on the new iOS, many of which fine-tune and enhance its FaceTime audio and video calling experience. One such feature is the Voice Isolation mode. What is it and how can you turn it on? All this coming up.

What is Voice Isolation on iOS 15?

Voice Isolation is a new mode for your iPhone’s microphone, one that will separate your voice from the blur of background noises when making FaceTime calls. This new microphone mode will ensure that your voice remains in focus throughout your calls, silencing any ambient noise that there might be. 

Apple is leveraging advanced machine learning to bring this feature to the new iOS 15, effectively allowing your friends and family to hear your voice clearly, just as if you were in the same room as them. 

This is definitely an important upgrade for those who want to ensure that their calls go uninterrupted regardless of what’s happening in the background. Also a useful accessibility feature, voice isolation will ensure that your aging grandparents can hear your voice better. 

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How to turn on Voice Isolation?

To turn on Voice Isolation on iOS 15, do this:

  1. Launch the FaceTime app and start a call.
  2. Then swipe down diagonally from the top right corner to open the Control Center.
  3. Tap on Mic Mode.
  4. Tap on Voice Isolation.

And that’s it! You have now turned on voice isolation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How is Voice Isolation different from Wide Spectrum?

The other microphone mode that comes with iOS 15 is the Wide Spectrum mode. Where Voice Isolation filters your voice from the cacophony of noises in the background, the Wide Spectrum mode lets in the ambient sound. In that, these two modes are polar opposites to each other, allowing you to choose between them for different scenarios and purposes. 

Can Voice Isolation be used with third-party apps?

All the various video and audio enhancing modes can be used with third-party apps as well, not just FaceTime. And yes, this includes Voice Isolation as well. So don’t worry about being restricted to FaceTime alone as various third-party apps such as Zoom, Webex, and WhatsApp will be able to leverage this new iOS 15 microphone mode as well. 

Can Voice Isolation work on older iPhone models?

Many of the features introduced with the latest iOS 15 require an iPhone with an A12 bionic chip or newer. What this means is that there are a lot of features, including Voice Isolation mode, that won’t be available on iPhone X or older models. 

We hope you have a better understanding of what Voice Isolation does on iOS 15 and the situations in which this will improve your call quality. 


1 Comment

  1. Does voice isolation work or is available on “normal” voice calls, not started from the FaceTime app? Can the feature be left as a default, so it doesn’t need to be set every time one starts a call?

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