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.

On most phones, 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).
• 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 phone 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 phone to vibrate when someone says your name.
• Type responses in your conversation. Bring up your phone’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
May 11, 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
84.4K reviews
Mark B
May 14, 2022
As I have a fair amount of hearing loss & constant Tinnitus, I was hoping this app might fill the gap. Unfortunately, it works in situations where I don’t need it and often doesn’t work when I do need it. For example, if there’s background crowd noise, it will pop up ‘crowd noise’ even though I can still make out most of the words of the person talking.
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JC Chrome
April 15, 2022
This app turns itself on every single day, multiple times a day. I see no way to turn it off, and have to ask Bixby to close it. I'm sure it wastes battery when it's on in the background and I'm unaware.. I just went to uninstall it (sadly, as I was certain it could prove helpful in some moments) only to see it cannot be removed from my phone. I did manage to disable it, but with a warning that it may cause other functions on my phone to not work correctly. We'll see how that goes.
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Anne Bishop
May 8, 2022
Inconsistent performance. On the Samsung s9 the app works well with just a few inaccurate words or phrases. On the new Samsung Tablet, however, it is picking up porn language and frequent nonsensical words. I'm hoping it may be resolved by uninstalling and reinstalling the app. This is so frustrating since it has previously been a life saver.
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What's new

• Transcribe offline in English, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish and French. More to come.