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We show you how to use Live Captions on Android 10 in this guide

One of the features of Android 10 that Google has promoted is Live Captions. If you have deafness, you have lost part of the sense of your ear or if you simply want to watch a video without sound, the live captions of the Real Captions feature can get you excited. Live Captions automatically adds subtitles to any video, podcast or audio message that you play on your phone. It can even work with videos or audio files recorded by you. You don't need an internet connection to make it work and no data is sent to Google; Everything is handled locally, on the phone. The good news is that it is already available, although for now only in English and you need to have the right phone to work. In this guide, we show you how to use Live Captions on Android 10.

Devices that work with Live Captions

So far, the list of devices with this function is very short:

  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL

Devices that will be supported soon

We know that Google is committed to bringing Live Captions to more Pixel phones before the end of the year. This is the list:

  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3rd XL

Google has also said: We are working with other Android phone manufacturers so that next year it will be available more widely, so hopefully that list will grow soon.

How to activate Live Captions on Android 10

If you have a phone with support for this function, this is how you can activate Live Captions. For this guide, we use a Pixel 4.

  1. Find the video, podcast or content you want to subtitle and start playing it.
  2. Press the volume up or down button.
  3. See the cone of subtitles under the volume controls. Simply touch it and the Live Captions box appears on the screen. If you don't see the cone, go to Settings > Sound > Live captions, and make sure that Live Captions in volume control It is activated.
  4. You can touch the box with subtitles to drag it anywhere on the screen.
  5. To deactivate it, press the plus or minus volume button again and touch the subtitle cone.

If you prefer to simply have Live Captions all the time, go to Settings > Sound > Live captions and activate Live Captions at the top. In this way there will be subtitles every time a voice is detected.

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If this is the first time you use Live Captions, see a message that is: Live Caption detects voice in multimedia content and generates subtitles automatically. When multimedia content is played, this function uses additional battery. All audio and subtitles are processed on the device and are never stored or sent to Google. Currently available only in English.

The Live Captions function works very well in Pixel 4 and we hope to see it reach many more phones in the near future. Meanwhile, there are many other new things in Android 10 that are worth knowing.

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