There are many easily available sources of white noise, ranging from home appliances to phone Apps, online generators and mixers, downloadable MP3s, and white noise machines.
If you’re on a budget and don’t want to buy a dedicated machine, there are plenty of free or low-priced options. Most do require an internet connection at least to begin with, but many Apps and audio files can be listened to offline.
In this article, you’ll find my recommendations for each of the different options. Whether you’re looking for the ability to control and mix different sounds, or a phone App with sounds to play to a child, you’ll find some great options below.
- Free sources of white noise in the home
- The best free white noise Apps
- The best free online white noise generators
- White noise MP3s & free downloads
- White noise machines
There are 3 main sources of white noise easily available in the home:
- A fan
- An untuned television channel – the ‘snow screen’
- An unused radio frequency – the static noise
Many people use portable fans, as the sound is more soothing than the harsher television or radio static. Fans tend to be closer to pink noise, which can be more relaxing than the louder high frequencies of white noise.
Depending on the fan, it might not be loud enough for you, and in winter months might not be ideal. But if you have one, it’s worth checking if the sound is relaxing and helps block external noises.
Some readers have also reported using the sound of a hair dryer or hoover to soothe babies to sleep. But these aren’t the most energy efficient sources of white noise!
There’s a surprisingly large number of white noise Apps on both Google Play and iTunes. Most are free, so there’s no real need to pay for one unless you want to remove ads.
Here are some of my favorites:
White Noise Lite by TMSOFT
White Noise Lite has a beautiful interface, with a huge selection of high quality nature sounds to choose from. It has an excellent mixing feature, allowing you to combine up to 5 sounds and adjust their individual volume, pitch, variance and speed.
You can even upload your own recorded sounds to add to your mixes, and then share them with others. The paid version allows you to access other people’s recordings and mixes.
As an example, my current favorite mix features the Amazon jungle, with a quiet campfire and wind chimes!
Relaxio White Noise Generator
The Relaxio white noise generator allows you to play one or more nature sounds at once, with two different types of white noise.
It’s as simple as you can get, with a pretty visual interface giving you control over the type and volume, and options to save your favorite mixes. It does have ads at the bottom of the screen though.
White Noise Baby by TMSOFT
White noise baby offers a range of white noise sounds for parents to play, with timers up to 2 hours or continuous play. It recommends different sounds for newborns, infants, toddlers and parents. But I don’t think those category selections need to be adhered to at all.
It also has a sleep tracker that listens out for a child’s crying, and a wide range of helpful parenting video suggestions.
White Noise Baby Sleep Sounds by AMICOOLSOFT
This one gives parents the options of playing different lullabies and nature sounds. It also has a range of white noise made by household objects. It has a simple mixer so you can experiment with different combinations of sounds to find one your child likes.
Helpfully, you can set the auto-off timer to whatever length you like, or keep it on. It’s free, but has ads at the bottom of the interface.
MyNoise is a white noise generator that gives you the ability to adjust the sounds to your liking. So within the white noise setting, you have 10 sliders to alter the amount of bass, mids and trebles you hear.
Along with the main category of white noise, you have rain, spring walk, temple bells and a warp speed for sci-fi fans! It even has a binaural beat machine which is fun to experiment with and not seen in most white noise Apps.
My only complaint is that the volume seems quite low. But with headphones or for quiet listening, it’s a great free App.
If you prefer to listen to white noise through your computer rather than a phone, there are a few good online generators to try out. Here are my recommended websites:
Simply Noise does exactly what the name implies – gives you quick and simple access to high quality white noise. You can choose between white, pink and brown noise, adjust the volume and that’s about it.
What makes it so good though is the excellent sound quality. Many Apps and websites offer white noise, but it doesn’t always sound quite right.
With Simply Noise, you get the best examples of white noise that you can actually listen to for extended periods of time. It does offer a sleep timer though, which is a useful feature.
They also offer a selection of paid 60 minute downloads, and one for free.
My Noise is the website version of the phone App listed above. It has a simple sound mixer with sliders to change the frequencies, so you can play around with it to find the exact sound you want.
It also has a number of presets, such as white, pink and brown noise, and even a speech blocker. It’s free to use, though they will ask for your email after a set time elapses.
White Noise Player is made by TMSOFT, and offers 6 simple options and a volume slider. The max volume is pretty good too, which makes this a useful player. It has the usual white, pink and brown noise, but also offers grey, blue and violet for some variety.
TMSOFT also make some good white noise phone Apps, which you can find out about on their website.
Noises.Online is a free online white noise machine that looks pretty and has a nice range of sounds to choose from – 30 at the time of writing.
By clicking each icon you can add more sounds to your mix. So if you want the sound of an ocean with some thunder, rain and birds to go with it, you can have it.
The best way to listen to white noise offline is to use a phone App. If you’d prefer to download an audio file, it’s actually very hard to find websites that offer them for free, or even a good selection of paid tracks!
This is a self-development website, but it’s the only website I’ve found that offers a decent selection of downloadable white noise audio files.
It has around 50 different audio tracks, with options to download a 10 minute, 60 minute or 8-12 hour track.
Finally, moving away from free and online options, there is of course the option of a dedicated white noise machine.
The main benefit of these is that you don’t need to use a phone or computer, or have an internet connection. They also tend to have quite a simple design and large buttons, so you easily use them in the dark in the night if needed.
As for the sound, the better machines do have excellent sound quality, with a good volume range, which is another advantage.
The main disadvantages are having to buy one in the first place, and then having a small(ish) device on your bedside table.
To find out more, take a look at my review of white noise machines.
Do you have any recommendation of Apps, websites or other sources of white noise I haven’t covered? Let me know in the comments below!