Google offers many of the Google Assistant’s ambient sounds, including one for white noise that can help block out noise to make it easier to sleep or study. But the company seemingly changed its white noise sound last week, and many have expressed frustration with the update, as reported by 9to5Google.
The change has been disruptive for many people, as documented in this Google Nest community thread with over 150 responses. Some described the new white noise as: quieter or sound muffled. One person said: their child has asked to use a different white noise generator instead of a Google Nest Hub. Another said: their toddler has noticed the change and wakes up during the night.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It’s unclear if the company plans to modify the white noise sound in some way to address complaints.
If you want the old white noise sound back now, a user on reddit uploaded a one hour track from original and longer versions of it to Google Drive which you could theoretically use as workarounds. Alternatively, you can try the other ambient sounds that Google has available, such as forest sounds and rain sounds; you can see the full list here.