A Comprehensive Guide on How to Use Google Live Caption on Android in 2021

This is the ultimate guide to learn how to use Google live caption on Android in 2021.

And I must be clear about something:

This is NOT your average “how to use Google live caption” speculative posts.

Yes, I’ll cover the latest techniques as it relates the latest version of the Android operating system to have your Google live caption feature set up on your mobile device.

So if you’re looking to automatically get real-time captions for all audio on your Android device (including voice and video calls), you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.

How Does Google Live Caption Work on Android?

First off, when learning how to use Google live caption, it’s very important to note that this feature doesn’t require any data or Wi-Fi connection to function properly.

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It is a new Android feature that lets users be able to generate subtitles for all audio on their device, including voice and video calls.


The caption feature also lets you get transcriptions on third-party apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, Telegram, and even Google’s Duo. So long as there’s a voice involved, the feature will be able to transcribe it.

The only security threat of the Google Live Caption feature is that subtitles or captioned audios can be screenshotted which in a way raises issues with privacy and user consent violation.

Google in a way to tackle this issue alerts people when the Live Caption feature is being used on a call by simply saying – “Hi, the person you’re about to speak with has call captions turned on. They’ll see captions of what you say to help them listen along.

For now, the Google Live Caption feature supports only the English language, but Google has said that there are plans to improve its services to serve other languages in the near future.

Although the resulting transcriptions from the Google live caption might have some inaccuracies if the quality of the sound is poor, Google has assured users to keep improving on the tech to make it better to use for users.

It’s also important to note that the Google live caption feature works on only Android 10.

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The Google live caption feature works perfectly on the Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4, and 4a.

How to Use Google Live Caption on Android?

For this guide, we used a Pixel 4 to show you exactly how to use Google live caption on Android…

  1. Choose the video, podcast, or other audio content that you want to transcribe and start playing it.
  2. Increase or decrease its volume.
  3. A caption icon will suddenly pop up below the volume controls, simply tap it and a Live Caption box will display on the screen. If you can’t access or see the pop-up icon, simply go to Settings >> Sound >> Live Caption and toggle on the Live Caption in volume control option.
  4. You now have the freedom to drag and move the live caption box anywhere you wish to on your mobile screen. You can also expand the live caption text by double-tapping on the live caption text to see more.
  5. To turn the live caption feature off, just tap either the volume up or down button again and tap the caption icon that pops up.

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