What Apps and Cell Phones Are Caption Friendly?
Practically everything we do today can be done on our cell phones.
And because of that, we’ve become very dependent on them (soon they could become a part of us!).
But while cell phones have made the world more accessible, how accessible are the phones themselves?
Many companies are taking strides to ensure their cell phones, services, and apps are made accessible.
Below we’ve narrowed down the cell phones and apps that allow caption toggling. We give these a like/thumbs up, but it’s clear that in the realm of apps, we have more work to do in terms of offering captions.
Cell phones that allow CC toggling
The following cell phones have features to allow CC toggling.
- Apple iPhone: 5,5c, 5s,SE, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus
- LG: G series, V20, LV5, Stylo 2, Stylo 2 Plus, Flex, Escape series, X power
- Amazon Fire Phone
- BlackBerry: DTEK50 series, Classic series, Passport Silver Edition
- Sony: Xperia series
- Coolpad: Rogue
- HTC: Desire 530,
- Samsung: SM series, Galaxy series
- Motorola: Mobility Nexus, Mobility Moto series
- Kyocera: DuraForce XD
- HP: Inc Elite
- Alcatel: TLC Series
- Microsoft: Lumia 650
Use this site to compare devices and find the most suitable device for your needs.
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Apps that allow CC toggling
When it comes to video streaming apps and network apps, captioning is something they already do, so naturally, all their content, including app content, comes with captions.
Social media is a different story. Some apps will allow captioning, while others will only allow it if the captions are already embedded into the video, like Pinterest and Instagram.
Apps like Facebook, SnapChat, and YouTube allow caption toggling.
Education apps like Lynda.com and iTunes U also allow caption toggling. Unfortunately, not all education apps offer this feature.
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Unfortunately, self-improvement apps often don’t feature captions…
Which Self-Improvement Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling? Apps/Cell Phones Apple iPhone Android Phones Daily Burn X X Jillian Michaels X X Happier X X Please feel free to comment if you know more apps that allow caption toggling! —
Get started with captioning today!