One of the tiny but obnoxious things for me about the iPhone has been the noise-canceling microphone. As a recovering audiophile and overall picky person, I’ve always dreaded answering a call on my iPhone while in the car. I can remember the first time I talked on my phone while driving where I was. I felt so nauseous that I thought I was coming down with food poisoning. However, when I wrapped up the phone call and took the phone away from my ear, I immediately felt better. Then I realize why I felt so terrible: the iPhone was using phase-cancelation.
I’ve always hated “active noise-canceling” headphones for this same reason. They make my head spin, my ears feel like they need to pop, and have thin sound. I know people who don’t seem to be bothered by the phase-cancellation but I have always avoided them for that reason. If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, just do a simple search.
The noise-canceling mic has led me to use my Bluetooth headset almost exclusively with my iPhone. But tonight, as I was turning the Parallax effect back on, I noticed a little gem in the settings: “Phone Noise Cancelation”.
Save yourself some embarrassment
Here’s how to avoid getting nauseous if you have to use your iPhone in a loud area:
- Open the
- Go to
General\Accessibility\Phone Noise Cancelation
- Turn the switch so the green indicator goes off, as indicated in the image below.
¡Voilà! Now you can enjoy your iPhone again.