How to enable live captions on most devices.

by | Oct 31, 2023 | Living with Hyperacusis | 0 comments

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Hyperacusis can often leave people very sensitive to digital audio. Many sufferers depend on captions, this article shows you how to enable captions on most devices.

Web Browsers

Chrome can caption almost any content with sound, to enable it follow Use Live Caption in Chrome. When it’s enabled a small floating box will pop up on your screen showing captions for any audio playing. It’s also possible in Edge, using these instructions: How to Enable and Customize Live Captions in Microsoft Edge. Firefox and Safari don’t support this sadly.

An example of the box that appears when you have google chrome captions enabled. You can move this around freely and resize it.


Apple has a guide here on enabling captions: Display subtitles and captions on iPhone. A nice trick for iPhones is to add Accessibility Shortcuts in control center so you can easily toggle captions on and off. Otherwise it is inconvenient to go into settings to turn them off when you don’t need them.

Left: Example control center with Accessibility Shortcuts available to toggle. Right: The page in settings where you can add Accessibility Shortcuts to the control center.


It is also possible on new Mac’s with the M1 and M2 chips, see the following guide Use Live Captions on Mac

Windows 11

Windows 11 also has support for captioning, follow these instructions: Use live captions to better understand audio


Google has a guide for enabling captions here: Translate speech to text with Live Caption

An example of live captions running on android

A useful trick is to press the volume down button, in many phones there will be a caption icon which allows you to toggle live captions on and off

Contact Us if you have any other tips for using live captions. We will try to keep this page up to date.


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