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Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Trtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtrtr. Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock. Some noises can drive you crazy. If you’re trying to sleep or work and an incessant background noise won’t let up, you can find yourself turning on fans, the television or music just to drown the annoyance.

The truth is, you don’t have to freeze yourself with fans in winter or distract yourself even further with TV. If you’re trying to work on your computer, there are many websites that can help you stay focused 10 Websites That Will Help Drown Out The Noise So You Can Stay Focused 10 Websites That Will Help Drown Out The Noise So You Can Stay Focused Do you find yourself constantly distracted by everything going on around you and having a hard time concentrating on what you're doing? The solution is noise-cancelling headphones. Whether you're in a café with a crying... Read More . There are even websites that can help you get to sleep 6 Free White Noise Sites To Relax Or Set Yourself To Sleep 6 Free White Noise Sites To Relax Or Set Yourself To Sleep Read More . But your computer isn’t always there, and many of these websites don’t work well on mobile. The solution? Apps, of course!

The apps below will help you drown any annoying noise with a soothing soundtrack. They’re easy to use, and you’re bound to find something your partner will enjoy too, so you won’t be fighting over which TV program to fall asleep with ever again.

SimplyNoise ($0.99)

SimplyNoise is probably the most well-known way to generate background noise, and has been available as a Web app for years. It’s also available as an Android app or iOS app, and while those will set you back by $1, they’re well worth it.

As expected, SimplyNoise is a super simple app. It comes with three different noises: white, pink and brown, the difference being mainly in the pitch of the sound. All you have to do is choose the noise you prefer and set the volume.

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If you need a more dynamic noise, tap the blue button to enable oscillating. There are three levels of oscillation, which will vary the volume of the noise automatically for you.

If you plan to fall asleep with SimplyNoise, you can set a timer for the noise to make it stop after a while.

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If you’re on iOS and love rain sounds, you can try SimplyNoise’s sibling SimplyRain. This will set you back by another $1, though.

Bottom line: For those looking for simple background noise in a minimalistic app.

Download: SimplyNoise for Android / SimplyNoise for iOS

White Noise (Free, $1.99)

SimplyNoise is all about classic machine-generated “white noise”. But those aren’t for everyone. If you want to listen to rain, airplanes, waves, trains, or even a fan, White Noise Lite is a great choice. Available both as an Android app and iOS app, White Noise Lite adds many features that SimplyNoise simply doesn’t have.

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The app comes with 10 different sounds to choose from. You can mark favorites, create playlists, listen to some pre-made mixes, and download some additional free noises from the White Noise Market (download through the app).

Through the settings, you can fine-tune the sound you’re listening to (you can also do this separately for each mix) and configure many aspects of the the app.

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The app also comes with both a timer and an alarm clock, and a glowing customizable clock for night mode.

If you really like White Noise Lite, want some more sounds and to get rid of the ads, the full version of White Noise costs $1.99 for both Android and iOS. It includes 40 noises, background listening for when you’re using other apps, the ability to create your own mixes, and more. And of course, no ads.

Bottom line: If you like your background noise diverse and interesting, and want to customize the heck out of it.

Download: White Noise Lite for Android / White Noise for Android / White Noise Lite for iOS / White Noise for iOS

Relax Melodies (Free, $2.99)

This is the heftiest and most expensive app of the bunch, but it’s also the most varied one. Available for both Android and iOS, Relax Melodies is an app I already looked at when testing 7 great iOS apps that can help you relax Stop. Breathe. Relax. 7 iOS Apps To Relieve Stress Stop. Breathe. Relax. 7 iOS Apps To Relieve Stress What a stressful day! We all have them from time to time, and while the best possible way to relax (at least in my book) is to leave everything and take a walk outside, this... Read More . And indeed, it can help you relax. Also also sleep. And also concentrate, if you like these types of sounds.

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The free version of Relax Melodies comes with no less than 46 different sounds. These range from regular white noise and different sound effects to actual melodies. You can create any mix you want from as many noises as you want to achieve the perfect noise for you and the occasion. When you hit the sweet spot, you can save the mix to your favorites. The app also comes with some pre-made mixes for you to try.

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In addition, Relax Melodies comes with a timer to prevent your phone from playing sounds all night long. You can set it up quickly to one of the pre-set times, or choose a custom time.

The full version of Relax Melodies gets rid of the ads, doubles the number of available sounds, supports background playing, and more. At $2.99 it’s not cheap, but if choosing from 96 different sounds and creating an endless number of different mixes appeals to you, it’s a good investment.

Bottom line: If simple sounds are just not enough.

Download: Relax Melodies for Android / Relax Melodies Premium for Android / Relax Melodies for iOS / Relax Melodies Premium for iOS

Happy Sleeping!

It may surprise you, but ambient sounds can truly change your life. Listening to these is so much better than most of the noises we’re exposed to in our everyday lives, and drowning out the cars, drilling, and neighbor washing the sidewalk could suddenly make your day (or night) look a whole lot better.

Have you ever tried white noise and ambient sounds? Which is your favorite? Will these apps inspire you to try it? Let us know in the comments!

Image credit: Eddy Van 3000

  1. Khanh
    February 24, 2016 at 8:54 am

    My choice is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.tbl.whitenoisesound

    Working steadily, less battery consumption.

  2. Arun Mukherjee
    August 28, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Any idea when the new Moodify App coming out, I read in xda that it is an unique reax music app coming which will have 9 category wise 250+ sounds for all day relax...I am a fan of Relax Melody App now, but category wise divided 250 sounds is something I will surely love...my current app have only 50 sounds only for sleep and yoga, they are saying they will have 40+ sounds for Branwave only without any adv....it's from some developer named Androfy...please let us know if you have any news of release date. ?

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

      We don't really track apps, sorry. But since you mentioned you're a member on XDA, I'm sure you'll find out about its release there :)

  3. Dan
    February 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Although not free, Thunderspace ( http://thunderspace.me/ ) is simply awesome! Also, Relaxia ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relaxia-sleep-aid-relaxation/id725224246?mt=8 ) is a brilliant helper for the stressed out mind. It also has a free version https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/relaxia-free-sleep-aid-relaxation/id725106744?mt=8

  4. Janelle Abel
    February 20, 2015 at 3:10 am

    My absolute favorite white noise app is White Noise HD: http://www.whitenoisehd.com.

    It's by far the best white noise app out there. We use it consistently during nap time on an old iphone hooked up to some speakers. It's so simple to use and does't have a million different settings or confusing options, unlike all the other one's I've tried. Plus, it's free! Hope you find it as useful as we have.

  5. chris
    January 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    A few interesting tips, I just wanted to add that we released our wpp Relax ! for iOS.
    The sounds are sorted in 6 Moods: Forest, Rainy, Beach, Fire, Under Water and Noise.
    Since this article is about White Noise apps I would like to point out that the Noise Mood contains not only white noise, but also several tuned noises.
    Each sound from each mood can be mixed any way you like, with individual timers for each sound.
    But see for yourself, it's only USD 1.99 :)

  6. Joe
    March 8, 2014 at 1:57 am

    This kind of music already exists, it's a subgenre of noise music call wall noise. No need to pay for an app, check out some bands.

  7. Vesnicak
    February 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I have installed on my awesome android Baby Lullabies & White Noise application on my mobile
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.babyLullabies
    which is safe, easy to use, and extremely effective and the most important think my baby cry less and we All sleep better.

  8. Niroj Manandhar
    December 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

    You should also try Tao Mix, its a great relaxing melodies app with natural sounds like birds, rain, and streams. The free version allows for mixing 3 sounds, which is good enough for me.

    • Yaara L
      December 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thanks!

  9. SSK
    December 5, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Thank you for the list. Tried White noise Lite and Relax Melodies and both are good, though Relax Melodies is more comprehensive.

  10. Jeremy
    December 3, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I have been using Ambio formally called Lightning Bug for several years. If I cant have a fan running I use the app. Great for hotels!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happyexabytes.ambio&hl=en

    • Yaara L
      December 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Jeremy, looks great!

  11. John
    November 27, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I made an mp3 loop years ago from free internet sound effects Two friends still use it. You need your old mp3 player (all your tunes are now on your phone right?) and a pillow speaker - which is a speaker in a spongy bag. My sounds were small waves on beach pebbles with low rumbly distant thunder mixed on top. Pretty soon you start to hear the moon slide out from between the rainclouds and .......
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz snore! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Yaara L
      November 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

      I nearly fell asleep just from reading your description of the sound, sounds like you did a good job there. :)

  12. Mark
    November 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    How about other free options? Both the wife & I have been using this one for a while, it's easy and free:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.xipa.rnoise

    • Yaara L
      November 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Looks like a great app! Thanks for mentioning it, Mark.

  13. Jorge B
    November 26, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I use another one: Relax and Sleep https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mizusoft.relaxandsleep

    Has a sizable sound gallery, can combine sounds, change volume individually for each sound, and has a timer.

    • Yaara L
      November 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Looks like a nice one, thanks!

  14. Joel L
    November 26, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I was actually curious about white noise apps a few months ago but didn't turn up with anything. These look interesting!

  15. Caroline W
    November 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Hey Yaara, just wanted to say that I've bought SimplyNoise from the Play Store - been listening to it the past half hour and not only has it relaxed me but it hasn't intefered with my concentration. So, Thank You!

    • Yaara L
      November 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      That's awesome! Thanks for letting me know. :)

  16. Caroline W
    November 26, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Hi, apps like these definitely help me chill out and/or sleep. Some I use are nature sounds of all varieties and sleep 'hypnosis' apps to help me drift off. They're good. Some are free others paid for and worth it definitely. It's good to bring stuff like this to peoples attention as they really do help :)

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