White Noise Support

White Noise App Support and FAQ Information

Please check if your question is answered below.  If you need to contact us please tap Settings / Send Feedback or Report Problem from within the White Noise application.  This will add your device model, app version, and a log file (if report problem selected) to the e-mail which will help us solve your problem quickly.

1. Can White Noise Lite mobile app play audio in the background?

Background audio was added to White Noise Lite in version 7.6 which requires iOS 9.0.  There are a few instances where additional steps need to be taken in order to use White Noise Lite in the background.

iOS users: If you have updated to iOS 13, but have not updated the White Noise Lite App to version 7.6 or newer, you will need to go to the Settings menu within the app, then manually enable Background Audio.

Android users: If you are running Android 9.0 or above and experiencing problems with audio while the screen is locked, while multitasking, or with the home screen widget controls please check that White Noise Lite is not being background restricted. On most Android devices, you can find this setting by opening the Launcher and long pressing on the White Noise Lite app icon and selecting App Info. From the settings, expand Advanced and navigate to Battery to find the “Background Restriction” setting. If the setting says “Restricted,” please remove the restriction.

Samsung users: The Background Restriction setting is located on the Battery screen labeled as “Allow Background Activity.” If the switch is off, toggle it to ON to remove the Background Restrictions.

If you prefer to not update your device, you can find background audio in the full version of White Noise.  Upgrading also gives you other benefits such as the removal of advertising. It only costs about a dollar to purchase the full version which is less than a cup of coffee.  We also give you refills for free.

2. Can I run an earlier version of White Noise for older devices?

Mobile Versions

White Noise 7.x requires iOS 8 or Android 4.4.  White Noise 6.x of required iOS 7 or Android 4.0.  White Noise 5.x required either iOS 5 or Android 2.3. It is now possible to download older versions of White Noise from iTunes and Google Play if your device operating system is less than what is required. Distribution is maintained by the app store you downloaded from and we do not have any way of installing a different version directly to your device.

Desktop Versions

White Noise for Mac requires 10.10 Yosemite which supports hardware dating back to 2007.  White Noise for Windows requires a minimum of Windows 10 (Build 10240) which was the first public release.  The Mac and Windows stores do not support distribution of older versions of White Noise and there is no way for us to offer this functionality on top of their distribution platform.  We recommend upgrading your OS to the latest version in order to continue receiving free White Noise updates.

3. If I already bought White Noise on another platform, can I get a free copy of the full version?

No. It’s a different store and a different platform. You can pick up a free copy of the Lite version or you can purchase it for the new platform. The good news is purchasing the full version doesn’t cost a lot of money.

4. Where can I download new sounds?

Visit our White Noise Market at https://whitenoisemarket.com/ or download the new White Noise Market app and start loading up on free sounds! Adding new sounds is supported for iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows.

5. How do I create my own sounds for White Noise?

There are a couple ways– Pick up a copy of our White Noise Creator for Mac OS X and Windows -or- Use the Recorder feature in White Noise Pro, White Noise, or White Noise Lite for mobile devices. Tap the Add (+) button and Create Recording. This will allow you to record, loop, and share your own sound.

6. I want the ability to set different volumes for the alarm and sound, is that possible?

Yes. There are two volumes that you can configure–Device volume and sound volume. The alarm goes as loud as the current device volume. The device volume is controlled on the main screen. Regular sounds are played back according to both device volume and the sound volume specified in the settings screen. Lowering the sound volume in the settings screen while keeping the device volume loud will play noise at a softer level and alarms will buzz much louder making sure you wake up.

7. Why doesn’t my music alarm go off anymore?

Earlier versions of iOS had bugs in the music player and we’ve tried our best to work around these issues so make sure you are running the latest version of White Noise.  If a music alarm doesn’t play then there is a possibility that the song is corrupt.  Always make sure the iPod music player can actually play the song that you select before using it as an alarm in White Noise. If you try playing the song and it quickly jumps to the next one then that is the problem.  The only solution we have seen is deleting and re-adding all songs to your device. Contact Apple if your music continues to not play. Also make sure you pick music that has already been downloaded to your device (not in iCloud).

White Noise will fallback to playing the default buzzer if your music fails to play.  We recommend creating a backup alarm using the iOS Alarm Clock app which runs at a higher priority than 3rd party apps.  Just set the iOS alarm to play a few minutes after the White Noise scheduled alarm.  Also make sure the device volume is loud enough to hear your music.  You can always lower the sound volume of White Noise in the settings so that alarm playback is louder than the White Noise sounds.

8. I would like to change the brightness and color of the sleep clock. How do I do that?

Swiping left/right on the sleep clock will cycle through all the different colors. Dragging up/down on the screen will adjust brightness of the clock itself. Single tap of the screen dismisses the clock. If it is still too bright because of the backlight (ie–the black portion of the screen is emitting light) you will have to change the phone brightness in your general phone settings. White Noise v6 now includes a setting that allows you to adjust screen brightness instead of the brightness of the clock.

9. Where is the help documentation?

Download our White Noise Help Guide which is a PDF file and covers most of the features found in iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

10. Can I delete sounds I don’t want to use?

Stock sounds cannot be deleted as they are part of the application binary. Downloaded sounds from the market can be deleted by tapping the right arrow and selecting delete. You can also use the Favorites view to filter out sounds you don’t want. Just star your favorites in the catalog and then switch to that view (top left button).

11. Why does the app keep prompting me to review it?  I just want to sleep!

The quick answer is you can disable this prompt in the settings if you have the full version of White Noise.  But please know the rating prompt is very important to the success of our app because ratings/reviews are tied to specific versions, and when we update White Noise to add new features and improvements our ranking drops because we lose all your ratings/reviews. This is why almost all apps will remind you after a few days of a version upgrade to repost your review.  We understand why this can get annoying, but it’s really the best way you can help reward us for adding new features (along w/ sharing the app with friends). If you still want to disable the prompt then you’ll need the full version of White Noise and tap settings, scroll to the bottom, and select “Disable Rating Prompt.”

12. My Samsung S3 vibrates to the sounds of White Noise. How do I turn that off?

This is not a “feature” of White Noise but of your Samsung phone. In the general settings for the device: Settings > Sound > Auto Haptic. Uncheck this and your phone will stop vibrating to sound. If you are unable to find the auto-haptic setting it may have gotten removed with Jelly Bean on some carriers. There is a work around with a widget available on the google play store called “Auto Haptic Widget” that will disable the haptic feedback.

13. How do I stop phone calls and text from interrupting the playback of White Noise?

If you are using Android then open the White Noise settings and enable “Prevent Interruptions.” This sets the ringer or notification volumes to silent while White Noise is running.  If you are using iOS then you need to open the iOS Settings for your device and enable the “Do Not Disturb” feature. We find it best to set a schedule so the device will not interrupt White Noise while you are sleeping but will allow for calls and texts after waking up. Do Not Disturb also can be configured to allow specific phone numbers to interrupt audio playback.

14. How do I transfer my mixes and recordings from the free version of White Noise to the full version or transfer them to another device?

The quickest way is to just e-mail the mix or sound (WNA file) to yourself and open in the new application.  On Android just long press on the sound in the catalog and then select E-mail.  On iOS tap the share button on the recording or mix in the catalog.  You can also export to SD card on Android and use a file manager to import into the full version.  iOS users can export to iTunes File Sharing and then use iTunes to transfer the file to your computer and then back to another device or the full version of the app. We also support uploading and downloading your sounds using the White Noise Market app.

15. Why does the app stop playing audio after a few minutes when connected to a dock?

The White Noise app is designed to play audio all night, however, when connected to a docking station it yields control to the docking station. The docking station can decide to turn off the audio at anytime (typically for energy saving purposes). We recommend that you check with the dock station manufacture to see if a firmware upgrade exists and if there is device setting that can keep it from sleeping or automatically turning off.

We have confirmed that the JBL OnBeat Micro is designed to turn itself off after 10 minutes if audio is not detected. However, there appears to be a bug in the way they detect audio because it can still occur while playing constant noise through our application. We have found a workaround by creating a playlist with a couple sounds (it can be the same one), configure each playlist item to a duration of 9 minutes, and in the White Noise settings enable the Loop Playlist option so playback never stops. This seems to keep the docking station from turning off the sound.

16. How do I download the original stock sounds after upgrading to White Noise Pro?

White Noise Pro for mobile and White Noise for desktop replaced the original 40 sounds with 50 all-new HD quality sounds. These new sounds are superior in every way especially if you use headphones because they are in full stereo. If you still prefer the original stock sounds then you can download them from the White Noise Market app or website. Inside the catalog just tap the Info button on any of the original 40 sounds and then select “Download Original” which will take you to the download page in the market app or website.

17. How do I launch the White Noise apps from another app such as an app launcher?

Use these custom URLs for launching our mobile apps:
White Noise Full Version (Blue icon) – com.tmsoft.whitenoise://
White Noise Lite Version (Pink icon) – com.tmsoft.whitenoiselite://
White Noise Pro Version (Green icon) – com.tmsoft.whitenoisepro://
White Noise Market – com.tmsoft.whitenoisemarket://
White Noise Baby – com.tmsoft.whitenoisebaby://

18. What are Binaural Beats? 

They are an auditory illusion perceived when two different tones of slightly different frequency are presented to each ear.  Binaural beats, hypnosis, and meditation are all safe and healthy ways to change your state of mind. However we do not recommend using any of these sounds while driving or operating heavy machinery. Hypnosis and meditation are voluntary processes and suggestions will have no effect unless you want them to.   They rely on stereo and each ear is played a different tone so headphones are needed to listen. Some binaural beats are too low in frequency for phones or other mobile devices to replicate, others will sound like a rhythmic pulse without headphones and may not work or be as effective. We wrote a whole blog on the topic, found here.

19. How do I cast audio from White Noise to a Chromecast Audio device?

The White Noise apps for Android can currently cast to televisions from within the app by tapping the Chromecast button.  If you want to cast White Noise to audio-only devices then you’ll need to download and use the Google Home app.  Just follow the directions here to add a Chromecast button to your notification drawer so you can quickly mirror your audio to any Chromecast audio device including Google Home.

20. How do I report inappropriate ads?

Have you come across an inappropriate ad while using White Noise Lite? Our team can resolve this with the help of your report. The best way to quickly send all the needed information is to create your report within the app.  How to start?

  • Open the app on your device
  • Tap settings
  • Tap Report Problem

Note: This will automatically include accurate and specific date that will speed up our investigation into the ad networks with which we partner.

In your report, please provide the following:

  1. Date and time when you first viewed the ad.
  2. Your location (City/State/Country)
  3. Where exactly does the ad appear? (partial screen, full screen, or below the app)
  4. Did you see the ad on the device you are using to contact us? If not, what device, OS, and version of the app are you using?
  5. Did you see the ad after any unusual activity such as being prompted to enter credentials or execute some sort of upgrade?
  6. Can you please let us know why this ad is inappropriate or offensive?
  7. If you are reporting multiple ads, please make sure to include screenshots and approximate times for when you saw these ads.
  8. If you were able to capture a screenshot, please provide this in your report as this helps us with our investigation.

21. Can I listen to White Noise on my TV?

Yes! We have 1hr and 10hr versions of select recordings available on YouTube for streaming on computer, Smart TV, or any device with YouTube.

22. Why am I being prompted to pay a subscription for the White Noise Alexa Skill?

As our skill has grown in popularity, the costs for us to provide this streaming service are far greater than expected. We tried to lower our costs with better compression, but even our best efforts couldn’t keep the costs from reaching thousands per month. It was time for a tough decision–do we remove our skill or ask our customers for help? We decided to ask for your help and have introduced a Premium Subscription. It’s only $1.99 per month and will help pay for the massive bandwidth costs we are incurring from our cloud providers.

It’s also important to understand how our White Noise Alexa skill is different than our White Noise mobile apps. The Alexa skill is a streaming service whereas the mobile apps play sounds from local storage without using the network. The Amazon Echo does not have local storage so we have to stream the sounds to you every time you ask to play a sound. One sound played for 10 hours is over 1/2 gigabyte (500,000,000 bytes) which is why our bandwidth costs are so high. This is why a one-time fee wouldn’t be sustainable.

23. How do I contact the support team directly?

The best way is from within the application by tapping Settings / Report Problem.  This will add your device model, app version, and a log file to the e-mail which will help us solve your problem quickly. If you are unable to launch the application to use Report Problem then please e-mail us at support at tmsoft.com and include specific device information and a detailed description.