The new Live Captions feature on the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is an underrated addition to the flagship Mountain View phones this year. It allows you to caption any video directly on the device, whether it's a YouTube video or a video sequence embedded in your Twitter feed. Here's how to use it.
Have you ever been sitting on a train or in the office and someone is sending you a cool video to watch? You can of course simply increase the volume of your smartphone and read the video so that everyone can hear it, but it can be antisocial in some cases. You can also take your earpieces, but it can also be painful if they are at the bottom of your bag or worse, if you have no hand at all.
Live Caption is a perfect solution for these moments. I do not see this as a feature to watch longer videos or full movies, although you could if you wanted, but for those situations where you just need to understand the dialogue without touching the volume touches and the speakers , it's perfect !
Live Caption can add subtitles to any diffuse video media on your phone. It is surprisingly accurate, too, and works fast in real time. It also works for video calls, which was not possible before.
There are several ways to enable Live Legend on your Pixel 4. The quickest and easiest way is to use the volume buttons, in fact. If you have a Pixel 4 under Android 10, simply follow the steps below:
- Press the volume button, either up or down
- At the very bottom, you'll see an icon that looks like a box with some text (see screenshot below), it's the Live Caption icon.
- You can turn it on or off quickly and easily from here
- When he is dyed, he will have a line diagonally across the box.
You can also enable and disable Live Caption using the Quick Settings menu. You will need to add the icon your quick settings if you have not already done so. Follow the steps below:
- Drag down from the top of your screen to open the Quick Settings menu.
- Tap on the pencil icon to edit the tiles you have
- You'll find the same Live Caption icon as in the menu with the volume buttons.
- Add your quick settings menu for easy access
Finally, you can also activate Live Caption from the settings menu. It is part of the accessibility parameters. Scroll down until the 'Live Caption: automatically caption media' option is displayed.
Now that you know how to enable and disable Live Caption, you may want to go to the settings menu to adjust your taste controls. You can either search for "Live Caption" in your settings, or find it in the Accessibility menu as described above.
From this screen, you can change the language (only English is available at the moment, but that's where the setting will be when other languages will soon be available) and choose to introduce sound labels for things like laughter, applause and music.
You also have the option of removing the Live Caption icon from your volume buttons if you do not like using this method to enable or disable it. You will also find information and tips on using Live Caption in this menu. Touching and holding captions lets you move them, for example, while double-clicking on a subtitle lets you zoom in.
Did you try Live Caption on your Google Pixel 4? Share your experiences in the comments section below.
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