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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I download the app?

An iOS version of Eclipse Soundscapes is available on the Apple App store here:

An Android version will be available on the Google Play store the week of August 14.  

I’m not visually impaired. Can I still use your app?

Of course! Our app includes a wealth of educational tools, so if you’re an auditory or tactile learner — or just someone who wants to know more about the eclipse — our app is a great supplement to your learning experience.

I’m visually impaired. How can I experience the eclipse?

Individuals who are blind or visually impaired can experience the eclipse with the Eclipse Soundscapes app. The app will include real time audio descriptions of the eclipse from the National Center for Accessible Media. It will also include an interactive "Rumble Map" which will allow users to explore the physical qualities of the eclipse by touching the screen on a smartphone. After the eclipse, our website will host a database of eclipse audio recordings so you can listen to how soundscapes change during an eclipse.

My app says during the eclipse, the audio description will not be presented if voiceover is on. Should I turn my voiceover off?

During the eclipse, the audio description will not be presented if voiceover is on. That is because the text of the audio description is on the screen, and your voiceover will try to read it, resulting in competing audio. So you have two choices:

a.) Keep your voiceover on and SIRI will read you the description text at whatever speed she is set to (

b.) Turn your voiceover off and the pre-recorded descriptions will play for you (a slower, but more rich human voice)

You'll get the audio descriptions either way, it's just a matter of personal preference!

I don't feel my Rumble Map making vibrations. Am I using it correctly?

The Rumble Map is best used without headphones or external speakers. The sounds are specially designed to "rumble" the speakers in your smartphone, so it functions best using just your phone's speakers at a high volume. For future releases, we hope to develop a Rumble Map that uses the haptic motor in your phone to produce a stronger vibration. 

I don’t have a smartphone, but I want to enjoy the eclipse with Eclipse Soundscapes. What can I do?

You can enjoy the illustrative audio descriptions of the eclipse with mp3 files available for streaming and download at We also encourage you to participate in our active listening and citizen science activities. 

I’d like to record audio during the eclipse. What do I need to know?

Check out our Citizen Science page to learn more.

I’d like to get involved in the Eclipse Soundscapes project. How can I help?

We’re so glad to hear that you’re excited about Eclipse Soundscapes! Please fill our our Google Form to tell us more about your interest in the project.