How to enable Live Caption mode on Google Pixel 4 and other Pixel phones

With Pixel 4, Google showed off a few new features based on both hardware and software. Google also introduced Live Caption, which displays live captions for any audio coming out of your Pixel. This includes videos, whether they are on YouTube, Vimeo or some other app or even website. This also includes podcasts and basically anything with speech. Today we show you how to enable Live Caption on Pixel 4 and other devices other Pixel devices.

Google’s version of Android that we see on Pixel phones is seen as a straightforward experience. Like iOS, it has some cool animations, a plain, simple interface and not many features. At least not when compared to something like Samsung’s OneUI, or even OnePlus’ OxygenOS. Therefore, you don’t need many tips and tricks for your new Google Pixel 4 or any other Pixel.

However, most users don’t even access the Settings app on their phones. They accept what is on the surface for what it is and learn to live with it. Not everyone has the time or cares enough. But if you are someone like that who has never paid attention to those Settings, you will miss out on a lot of great options including Live Caption.

How to enable Live Caption on Google Pixel phones

There are several configurations and install in Android hidden deep under menus and categories. Live Caption not one of them and Google has made it easier. There are several ways to enable Live Caption on Google Pixel 4 and other Pixel phones.

Via quick settings

Like any other feature you might find yourself on or off, Live Caption also has a dedicated quick tile in the quick settings. It’s not quite there by default, however. You will have to manually set it in the quick settings.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the notification panel.
  2. Swipe down again to bring down the quick settings panel.
  3. Tap the edit icon that looks like a pencil in the bottom left.
  4. Scroll down to the gray area where you will find the Live Caption.
  5. Drag and drop quickly onto the quick settings panel wherever you want.
  6. Click the back button.

When you’re done, you’ll see a Live Caption quick toggle in the quick settings panel. You can easily enable or disable Live Caption on your Pixel from here anytime you want.

Via Settings

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose Sound.
  3. Click Live Caption.
  4. Toggle on at the top Live Caption.

On this page you can also find some settings and options for live captions. More specifically, you can enable the profanity filter, which shows audio labels for things like music, laughter, applause, etc.

Through the volume control panel

Right in the Live Caption settings page is also an option to enable the Live Caption toggle in the volume control panel. It’s the panel that appears when you press any of the volume buttons. If you frequently enable or disable Live Caption, enabling this enabler will prove to be really handy.

This is a really handy feature for people who can’t hear or when you’re in a place where you can’t really turn the sound on. You have to keep in mind though this is a lot of auto-generated captions on YouTube videos. So depending on different factors you will get very bad caption or very accurate caption.


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