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    How do I turn live captions & subtitles on during a Skype call?

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    Live captions & subtitles in Skype let you read the words that are spoken during an audio or video call. Live captions & subtitles are not available in Skype on Android 4.0.4 - 5.1.

    To turn live captions & subtitles on in Skype:

    1. During an audio or video call, select the caption button Caption button to turn live captions on.
    2. Select the Caption button again where you can customize the caption settings:
      • Language - select to change the language.
      • Always show captions for this conversation - select if you want captions to always show for this chat.
      • Only show captions for other participants - select if you only want to get captions for other participants but not for yourself.
      • Floating Captions - select to show the captions in the middle of the call screen.
      • Show on left - select to show the captions to the left of the call screen.
      • Show on bottom - select to show the captions under the call screen.
    3. If you have Show on left or Show on bottom selected, you can view the caption history by scrolling through the captions during the call.


    Note: The audio call data will be processed by Microsoft Speech Services to transcribe the spoken language.

    1. Select your profile picture.
    2. Select Settings button Settings.
    3. Select Calling button Calling.
    4. Select Call subtitles.
    5. Turn on Show subtitles for all calls. Turn Only Show subtitles for other participants on if you only want to get subtitles for other participants and not for yourself. Note: When subtitles are enabled, touch tone will not work.
    1. During an audio or video call, select the caption button Caption button.
    2. Switch Enable Captions off.

    To change the language for all calls:

    1. Select your profile picture.
    2. Select Settings button Settings.
    3. Select Calling button Calling.
    4. Select Call subtitles.
    5. Next to Spoken language, choose your language from the list.


    To change the language during a specific call:

    1. Select the caption button Caption button.
    2. Select Language, then choose your language from the list.

    We support the following languages:

    • Arabic
    • Bulgarian
    • Catalan
    • ​Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional) 
    • Croation
    • Czech
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • English (UK)
    • English (US)
    • Estonian
    • Finnish
    • French (Canada)
    • French (France)
    • German
    • Greek
    • Hebrew
    • Hindi
    • Hungarian
    • Indonesian
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latvian
    • Lithuanian
    • Malay
    • Norwegian Bokmål
    • Polish
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Portuguese (Portugal)
    • Romanian
    • Russian
    • Slovak
    • Slovenian
    • Spanish (Mexico)
    • Spanish (Spain)
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Turkish
    • Ukrainian
    • Vietnamese