Android’s Live Caption feature is a voice-to-text tool that transcribes speech in videos, podcasts, and other applications and displays the output on the screen.
Transcription does not currently work with music, and you will need a Pixel phone to take advantage of call integration. You can, however, use this handy feature on most modern mobile devices running Android 10 or later.
If you are hard of hearing, need to consume content in a quiet environment, or just like to read subtitles, Live Caption is worth a visit. Let’s see how to activate the feature in two different ways.
The fastest and easiest way to activate Live Caption is to use the volume menu.
If, however, the option does not appear in the expected place and your device meets the requirements, you may need to enable the feature in the Settings application.
Here’s how to activate Live Caption from the volume menu:
Press the volume button
Press the three points (…) menu
Press the Live caption icon (top left icon)
Once activated, you can position the text window by dragging it around the screen, resize it by double-tapping, or close the tool by dragging it down the screen.
Activate Live Caption from the Settings app
If, by preference or necessity, you want to activate Live Caption from the Settings app, you can do that by following these steps:
- Move towards Settings> Accessibility> Hearing enhancements> Live caption
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You will also find additional settings here, including Languages, although only English is currently available. You can also change your Hide blasphemy preference, which displays certain words as an asterisk
when activated. In addition, you can toggle the Show sound labels
set up to label certain sounds, such as laughter and applause. If your Live Caption icon is missing from the volume menu, toggle Live Caption in the volume control
on should fix the problem.
Is the live caption accurate?
The live caption is not accurate. Google says the feature needs clear sound with low background noise to work properly, but the tool often struggles to transcribe even the most well-produced podcasts into an intelligible string of words.
While Live Caption isn’t accurate, it’s also not terrible on Android. If you really focus, you can get the gist of what the speaker is saying, and sometimes that is enough. But if you’re looking for precision transcription, the technology just isn’t there yet. Do you have any thoughts on this? Let us know below in the comments or refer the discussion to our Twitter