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What Apps and Cell Phones Are Caption Friendly?

  • Apps/ Cell Phones that Allow CC toggling

    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

    cell phones that allow CC toggling. Amazon fire, iphones, androids/

    The following cell phones have features to allow CC toggling.

    iPhones and Android phones allow you to adjust the settings to automatically turn on CC (when available) for all videos played on the phone.

    • 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.

    How to Add Subtitles to Videos on the iPhone, iPad & iPod

    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.

    apps that allow abc, hbo, comedy central

    Which Network Streaming Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
    Apps/Cell Phones Apple iPhone Android Phones
    ABC
    Cartoon Network
    Comedy Central
    HBO Go / HBO Now
    Lifetime

    Note: This list does not include all network apps that allow caption toggling. Most network apps do.

    apps that allow amazon, netflix, hulu

    Which Video Streaming Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
    Apps/Cell Phones Apple iPhone Android Phones
    Amazon Video
    Google Play
    Hulu
    Netflix
    PlayerXtreme Media Player
    Sling TV
    VLC

    apps that allow CC, facebook, snapchat, youtube

    Which Social Media Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
    Apps/Cell Phones Apple iPhone Android Phones
    Facebook
    SnapChat
    YouTube
    Instagram X X
    Tumblr X X
    Pinterest X X
    Twitter X X
    Spotify X X
    IMBD App X X

    apps that allow vice, cnn, reddit

    Which News Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
    Apps/Cell Phones Apple iPhone Android Phones
    CNN
    Fox
    MSNBC
    BBC News
    Vice
    Bustle App
    Reddit
    BuzzFeed X X
    New York Times X X

    apps that allow lynda.com, udacity, edX

    Which Learning Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
    Apps/Cell Phones Apple iPhone Android Phones
    Lynda.com
    edX
    Udacity [Auto-enable captions option]
    TED
    Khan Academy
    iTunes U
    Udemy
    Skillshare X X

    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!

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