Live Transcribe & Notification

147K reviews
Content rating
USK: All ages
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About this app

Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications makes everyday conversations and surrounding sounds more accessible among people who are deaf and hard of hearing, using just your Android phone or tablet.

On most devices, you can directly access Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications with these steps:
1. Open your device's Settings app.
2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Live Transcribe, or Sound Notifications, depending on which app you’d like to start.
3. Use the Accessibility button, gesture or quick setting ( to start Live Transcribe or Sound Notifications.

Sound Notifications:
• Get notified of potential risky situations and personal situations based on sounds happening at home (for example, smoke alarm, siren, baby sounds).
• Add custom sounds to get notified when your appliances beep.• Get notifications with a flashing light or vibration to your mobile device or wearable.
• Timeline view lets you go back in history (currently limited to 12 hours) to see what was happening around you.

Real-time transcription:
• Transcribes in real-time. Text appears on your device as words are spoken.
• Choose from over 80 languages and dialects, and quickly switch between two languages.
• Add custom words that you use frequently, like names or household items.
• Set your device to vibrate when someone says your name.
• Type responses in your conversation. Bring up your device’s keyboard and type your words for a continuous dialogue. Transcriptions still appear while you type.
• See the volume of the speaker’s voice compared to the loudness in your environment. You can use this sound indicator to adjust your volume when you speak.
• Use external microphones found in wired headsets, Bluetooth headsets, and USB mics for better audio reception.

Referring back to transcription:
• Choose to save transcriptions for 3 days. Saved transcriptions will stay locally on your device for 3 days, so you can copy and paste them elsewhere. (By default, transcriptions are not saved.)
• Search within saved transcriptions.
• Touch and hold text in transcription to copy and paste.

• Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and up.

Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications was made in collaboration with Gallaudet University, the premier Deaf and hard of hearing university in the US.

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Permissions Notice
Microphone: Live Transcribe needs microphone access to transcribe the speech around you. The audio is not stored after the transcription is processed. Sound Notifications needs microphone access to listen for sounds happening around you. The audio is also not stored after processing is finished.
Accessibility Service: Since this app is an accessibility service, it can observe your actions.
Updated on
Feb 6, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Audio and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
Independent security review

Ratings and reviews

143K reviews
Oliver Rosée
November 12, 2021
This would be a 5* if the UI would be better. A long text with interruptions is very hard to save, since you can only select blocks and after every save, you're reset to the last word. So I spend more time scrolling up than selecting/saving, this can take minutes and it's easy to miss sections. In brief: better save options and easier navigation would make this a 5* app. Transcription is good but sometimes hilarious, the names Lucy and Jane alone have given me so many surprises.
33 people found this review helpful
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Ve Ru
August 22, 2022
Discovering this app was a lifechanger for my deaf father. However, using it offline on his tablet, which would be very important when going to places without WiFi, was available for a short time this summer but not anymore - the option just disappeared. I had the language pack downloaded and could use it offline on my phone YESTERDAY - but that also disappeared overnight!! I had screenshots and compared the app version but it was 100% the same. Very confusing and frustrating for users.
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Research at Google
October 19, 2022
Dear User, I am sorry for your poor experience. Can you try upgrade to the latest version and go to Settings and enable "Offline transcription"? Let us know if this works for you. Thanks!
Rick Amerson
March 16, 2024
Transcription is usable with many mistakes. It is close enough to real time to use to hear. Accessibility icon good. Problems: Update caused app to no longer transcribe. Works okay if you uninstall the update, force stop, clear cache and clear data and then update. Fills up screen and then stops working. No way to clear transcription, so too cluttered. Smallest font is too large. Request feature: Recognize owner's voice and don't display or else display in a different color.
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What's new

• Live Transcribe: Enable transcription to be more seamless regardless of connectivity.