Use 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: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on Live Caption

Live Caption works:

  • In English
  • On Pixel 2 and up
  • On 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.

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 see “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.

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:

  • Captions are currently available for English only.
  • 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.
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