Translate speech to text with Live Caption

With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions speech on your device. You can use it on media like videos, podcasts, phone calls, video calls, and audio messages.

Important:

Contents

Turn on Live Caption

Move the caption box

Change Live Caption settings

Type responses during a phone call

Battery use & other notes

Get help

Turn on Live Caption

Live Caption works on:

  • Pixel 2 and later phones in English
  • Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
    • On Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro phones, you can also identify these languages and translate media captions automatically through auto detection.
  • Other select Android phones

To turn Live Caption on or off:

  1. Press the volume button.
  2. Under the volume controls, tap Live Caption Live Caption Subtitles.

Tip: If these steps don't work, you may need to first turn on Live Caption in your device’s Accessibility settings.

When Live Caption is on, captions appear for speech in media playing on your device.

On Pixel phones, captions also appear during calls. The person on the other end of the call is notified with a voice announcement that captions are on.

All captions are processed locally, never stored, and never leave your device.

Tip: If you don’t find “Live Caption,” you might need to update your Android System Intelligence. Android System Intelligence was previously called “Device Personalization Services.” If you find the previous name in the Play Store, you can still update the app.

Move the caption box

  • To move the caption box: Touch and hold, then drag up or down.
  • To hide captions and turn off Live Caption: Drag the caption box off the bottom of your screen.
  • To expand or contract the caption box: Double-tap. This movement isn’t available while you’re on a call.

Change Live Caption settings

  1. On your device, open Settings .
  2. Tap Sound and then Live Caption.
  3. Under Settings, you can find or change these settings:
    • Turn Live Caption on or off.
    • Hide or show profanity.
    • Hide or show sound labels, such as laughter and applause.
    • Hide or show the Live Caption icon in volume control.
    • Turn call captioning on or off. This setting is for Pixel phones only.

Tip: To change the caption size, style, and color, go to caption preferences.

Type responses during a phone call

Important: Available on Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro only.

Use this feature to make calls without speech. You get captions of what the other person says and you can type in responses in real time. Your messages are read aloud by the system. This feature doesn’t translate and only allows you to converse in your current language.

To turn type responses on:
  1. On your phone, open Settings .
  2. Tap Accessibility and then Live Caption.
  3. Turn on Type responses during calls.

During calls, a notification informs you that call captions is on. To start typing, tap Keyboard Keyboard.

Battery use & other notes

When you’re on calls or when you play media, Live Caption uses more battery. Live Caption turns off automatically in battery saver mode.

Other notes about Live Caption:

  • Live Caption isn't intended for calls with more than one other person.
  • During calls, if you mute your side during the captions disclosure announcement, the announcement is muted. Make sure that the other person knows captions are on.
  • Captions might be unavailable for some media and calling apps.
  • Live Caption works best on audio with clear speech and low background noise.
  • Live Caption doesn't work on music.
  • Live Caption doesn't use mobile data or an internet connection. All audio and captions are processed on the device and are never stored or sent to Google.

Get more help

For more help with Live Caption, contact the Google Disability Support team.

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