Live Transcribe & Notification

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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
Dec 5, 2022

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
You can request that data be deleted
108K reviews
Sterling Holmes
November 20, 2022
Amazing, I use it for school, it crashes at times, but is otherwise seamless on my phone. No ads, no gimmicks, you open the app and can choose a language in settings (though only English can be used offline for now as far as I know), and it begins working. A thing about the app I noticed is sometimes it takes a minute to switch off a certain voice, this can be solved by assigning two languages, and then flipping to the second language and back to English (or the first language) and it'll work.
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January 16, 2023
App is good if you enunciate and speak slowly. Integrating it with the accessibility options is great. However: Doesn't recognize words/phrases accurately. Halting speech results in odd phrases with no way to change except start over. No way to insert punctuation either, that I've found. Very inaccurate if whispering directly into the mic which is sometimes needed. Pretty bare bones. *Props to Galludet, though, my niece went there. Got a star for that alone!
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Patricia O'Kelley
October 5, 2022
I close caption TV shows with this. It's almost 100% accurate and it will stop when the network connection stops but it will restart and spit out several pages of captioning that it was getting from the TV show but it couldn't type it in the app without a network connection. Google even has captions for the sound coming from your phone in the volume control settings on the phone. And Google is at least 95% accurate minimum. You can use it for conversations without the other person knowing.
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Research at Google
October 19, 2022
Thank you for your support. You could try "Offline transcriptions" so that when the network is out you can continue use the caption. Let us know if it works for you! Thanks.

What's new

• Sound Notifications: Add custom sounds to get notified when your appliances beep, like an alarm or oven timer.• Live Transcribe: Set up offline transcriptions more easily in available languages. Offline transcriptions supported for English (India).