How to use background sounds in macOS Ventura


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This little-known background sound feature in macOS Ventura can help you relax and focus so you can boost your productivity at your desk. Here's how to set it up.

Working from home or studying for hours can be stressful. This feature can give you the peace of mind you need to focus on the task at hand.

It can also be useful when you need to relax and unwind after a long day. Your Mac can help transport you to the beach, at least mentally.

The best thing is that you don't have to skip ads or pay for any subscriptions.


  • Go to System Preferences and click Accessibility.
  • In the Hearing section, click Audio.
  • In the Background Sounds section, turn on Background Sounds.
  • Click Select, then click the Download button next to the sound name to download a high-quality version of it to your Mac . You can also see how much space each sound will take up on your Mac.

How to set background noise on macOS Ventura

Full list of background sounds available right now

The options are limited to this list for now, but it's a good start, to set up your workplace with continuous ambient noise.

  • Balanced Noise
  • Bright Noise
  • Dark Noise
  • Ocean
  • Rain
  • Streaming

You can also overlay this background noise on top of your favorite music to customize the ambient noise to your liking. Try combining lo-fi beats with dark noise or acoustic guitar and rain.

Your work or study has become more bearable.

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