Use real-time text (RTT) with calls

Real-time text (RTT) lets you use text to communicate during a phone call. RTT works with TTY and doesn't require any additional accessories.

Note: The information in this article might not apply to all devices. To find out if you can use RTT with your device and service plan, check with your carrier. RTT uses call minutes, just like a voice call. 

Step 1: Turn on RTT

To turn on RTT, go to your Phone app settings

Step 2: Make a call with RTT

  1. Open your device's Phone app phone.
  2. Pick who to call:
    • To enter a number, tap Dialpad Keypad.
    • To pick a saved contact, tap Contacts Contacts.
    • To pick from numbers you’ve recently called, tap Recents Recents.
    • To pick from contacts saved to speed dial, tap Speed dial Speed dial.
  3. Tap Call phone.
  4. While the phone rings, the other person's screen displays an RTT indicator Real-time text
  5. After the other person answers, enter a message in the text field. The text that you enter is visible to the other person as you type.
  6. When you’re done with the call, tap End call end button . If your call is minimized, drag the call bubble to the bottom right of the screen.

Tips for using RTT during a call

  • The text that you enter appears to the other person in real time, unlike with chat messaging. For example, if you make a mistake and then delete it, the other person can see the mistake and the deletion.
  • You can use RTT to call emergency services.
  • RTT calls include an audio stream. To mute or un-mute your microphone, tap Mute Mute.
  • You can have multiple RTT calls going at the same time.
  • RTT isn't available when roaming abroad.

View a call transcript from RTT

  1. Open your device's Phone app phone.
  2. Tap Recents Recents.
  3. Tap the call And then Call details.
  4. Tap See transcript.

Delete a call transcript

You can delete a transcript in either of the following ways: 

Note: On Google Pixel devices, your call transcript is only stored within the Phone app, and other apps don't have access to your call transcript. Other devices might work differently. To find out how your transcript is stored, check with your device manufacturer.