What Apps and Cell Phones Are Caption Friendly?

August 29, 2017 BY SOFIA ENAMORADO
Updated: February 6, 2018

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.

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 PhonesApple iPhoneAndroid 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 PhonesApple iPhoneAndroid 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 PhonesApple iPhoneAndroid Phones
Facebook
SnapChat
YouTube
InstagramXX
TumblrXX
PinterestXX
SpotifyXX
IMBD AppXX

 

apps that allow vice, cnn, reddit

Which News Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
Apps/Cell PhonesApple iPhoneAndroid Phones
CNN
Fox
MSNBC
BBC News
Vice
Bustle App
Reddit
BuzzFeedXX
New York TimesXX

 

apps that allow lynda.com, udacity, edX

Which Learning Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
Apps/Cell PhonesApple iPhoneAndroid Phones
Lynda.com
edX
Udacity [Auto-enable captions option]
TED
Khan Academy
iTunes U
Udemy
SkillshareXX

 
Unfortunately, self-improvement apps often don’t feature captions…
 

Which Self-Improvement Apps Allow Closed Caption Toggling?
Apps/Cell PhonesApple iPhoneAndroid Phones
Daily BurnXX
Jillian MichaelsXX
HappierXX

 

Please feel free to comment if you know more apps that allow caption toggling!
Get started with captioning today!
 
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