Live subtitles are useful if you want to watch subtitles while watching videos, and they are even more important from the accessibility point of view.
Currently, the feature is only available for Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, although Google is working to bring Live Caption to Pixel 3 (625 USD at Walmart)  and Pixel 3 XL . ($ 375 at Walmart) later this year.
Enabling Live Caption
After setting up Pixel 4, you need to enable Live Caption in the Settings app ( Settings > Sound > Live Subtitles ) . Next to Live Caption move the switch to On and then go through the following options to customize how the feature works.
I recommend keeping Live Caption in Volume Control since this makes a handy change in volume control that lets you quickly enable or disable Live Caption without having to re-browse the Settings app have to .
Using Live Caption
Using Live Caption is a seamless experience. Just start playing a video, podcast, or audio note, and a black bar will appear on your screen. It will automatically be filled with subtitles for the audio currently playing on your phone. Live Caption does not work with music or phone calls.
You can drag the black caption bar on the screen or drag it all the way down to turn off live captioning. Alternatively, you can press the volume up or volume down button followed by the live caption icon at the bottom of the volume control to toggle the feature on or off. All transcriptions are done in real time, regardless of whether you have an internet connection or not. There will never be anything sent to Google for processing.
My favorite part of Live Caption is the ability to subtitle a video even when the video is muted. That means I can watch a short stringing video as I scroll through Facebook and read the subtitles without having to unmute all loud auto-play videos in the Facebook app.
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