The Best White Noise Apps

By: Beth Krietsch Smart home

The sounds of a babbling brook, rainstorm, or crackling fire mask disturbances and get your mind right for relaxation and productivity. Sleep, work, and travel easier by giving our recommendations a try.

White Noise Free

This white noise app allows you to choose between 40 relaxing sounds, including pouring rain, an oscillating fan, airplane travel, dripping water, a purring cat, and nighttime frogs. When you’re feeling creative, you can also create a playlist or design your own sounds and share with others.

Return to appealing sounds easily by marking them as favorites, and don’t worry about the app running all night—it’s equipped with a timer. You can also use the app’s alarm to gently bring you out of sleep. White Noise is simple to use, but with a ton of sound options, you may find yourself scrolling for quite some time trying to find the best sound fit.

Available on iOS and Android as well as desktop.

MyNoise

Whether you’re looking for some quiet background noise for writing, sleeping, studying, or meditation, this app delivers. Equipped with sounds such as white noise, rain, spring, and temple bells, MyNoise is somewhat unique in that it uses a simple calibration process to match the app’s sounds to your hearing, audio equipment, and listening environment.

MyNoise adjusts its sounds according to the frequencies of your listening environment, which allows it to mask out sounds at quieter volumes. You’ll find alarms, timers, and other standard functionality on this one, too. 

Available on iOS and Android. Also on iTunes and other music streaming services.

Coffitivity

If you’re less interested in the soothing sounds of a rainforest or calm breeze and instead looking to erase silence with quiet ambient noise more akin to the sounds of a cafe, try Coffitivity.

This app aims to help users focus and get creative with sounds like “morning murmur,” “lunchtime lounge,” and “Paris paradise.” This one is the real deal for getting a serious amount of work done. With a limited amount of sounds to choose from, this app is seriously simple to use. If you’re looking for more options, go premium at just $9 a year.

Available on iOS and Android.

Relax Melodies

Complete with guided meditations, Relax Melodies is a great free app if you’re looking for something offering a bit more than just white noise sounds. You can choose between 50 sounds or mix a combination of sounds (from the app and your own music library) to create a sleep track that works for you.

The abundance of options and strong functionality are what makes this app so great, but if you’re overwhelmed by too many options, choose something different. With so many sound options, you could find yourself scrolling through Relax Melodies all day.

Available on iOS and Android.

Noisli

If you’re a frequent coffee shop worker looking to minimize noise distractions, Noisli is a great pick. This app is designed to help boost productivity, but also offers great sound options for sleeping and relaxation.

Choose between set sounds or mix your own combination—layering the sounds of a thunderstorm with those of a flowing stream, for example. Its simplicity and ease of use make this truly effective app worth the $1.99.

Available on iOS and Android as well as desktop.

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