Apple has been consistent with its upgrades and when it comes to software, iOS 16 has set a benchmark with its amazing customization features and flawless functional tweaks.
Amidst all the feature upgrades, a special mention deserves the Live Closed Captions on iOS 16. This feature is specially designed for the deaf and hard of hearing and converts audio to text or closed captions in real time.
Live Captions is currently in beta testing in the United States, so the language for it is only available in English. However, as beta testing progresses, we can hope that Apple will most likely diversify the feature and its functionalities.
This article takes a closer look at how to enable live captioning on iOS 16 without any hassle.
How do Live Captions work on iOS 16?
As we mentioned, live captioning is a new feature developed for hearing impaired people who would benefit from the audio to text conversion, especially when it comes to answering calls, video calls, watching videos, etc .
This transcription feature could revolutionize and make communication a lot easier for deaf or disabled people. The great thing about the live caption feature is that it does not require an internet connection.
The feature is baked into the device’s software and works through the iPhone’s Neural Engine. When enabled, the Live Closed Caption feature appears as a floating interface on the iPhone, converting the audio playing on the iPhone into readable captions.
Apple is currently beta testing this feature in the United States. It also works and transcribes any kind of audio played through any app on an iPhone.
How to set and enable live captions feature on iOS 16?
Live Closed Captioning is the latest feature available only on iOS 16. This means your iPhone needs to be updated to the latest version of the software for smoother operation.
After updating your iPhone to the latest iOS 16 update, here’s what you need to do:
- Unlock your iPhone and open Settings
- From there, navigate to Accessibility
- Make sure your primary language is set to English (US) to access this feature.
- Navigate to the Hearing submenu and click Live Closed Caption (Beta).
- Enable the feature by tapping the switch until it turns green.
And that’s all you need to do. Once enabled, the live closed captioning feature will transcribe any audio playing on your iPhone, allowing you to keep track of what is being spoken on the device.
How to adjust live subtitles?
Live Closed Captioning is designed and developed to enhance the UX of an iOS device, especially for hearing impaired users. So if you want to customize the appearance of the transcript, there are multiple options available.
The tweaks allow iOS users to increase font size, change font color, make text bold, etc.
Here’s what to do:
- Unlock your iPhone and then tap Settings to open it.
- From there, click on Accessibility and then navigate to Live Captions.
- Below that, tap Appearance.
- Depending on the kind of customization you want, you can enable the bold option, increase the text size, or even change the color if you need to.
Currently, the live closed captioning feature is in beta testing, so there is no additional option for language preferences. However, as the feature becomes more customized, chances are more and more languages will be added to the mix.
Until then, if you’re in the United States or using English (US) as your primary language on iPhone, try Live Captions.