Live Transcribe & notification

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About this app

Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications make 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 Settings ( to start Live Transcribe or Sound Notifications.

Sound Notifications:
• Get notified of potentially 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 three days. Saved transcriptions will stay locally on your device for three days so that 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
16 Nov 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
101K reviews
Sterling Holmes
20 November 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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J. M.
22 November 2022
A complex app with many silly complaints lobbed at it. It, though, is an app with a single purpose. It does it well. But, it needs practical, usable features such as doing something with the transcribed sounds. Let's say you are learning Chinese, it gauges your progress by its returned characters accuracy. You then tap on a chararacter, it connects you to other web resources such as dictionaries. What if it easily allowed you copy/ paste into other apps. Many missing functions to work on.
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Patricia O'Kelley
5 October 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
19 October 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

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