Twitter’s captioning toggle is now available on iOS and Android


Twitter announced that a button to toggle its video player subtitles is now available for everyone on iOS and Android. The button, which appears in the upper right corner of the video if subtitles are available, lets you choose whether you want to see written descriptions. Twitter started testing this feature in April, but it was only available to a limited number of iPhone users.

For years, whether or not you displayed captions on your mobile device was determined by a variety of factors, such as whether you enabled captions in your phone’s accessibility settings or whether you’re watching the video without sound. While these are still taken into account, you can now easily turn them on or off whenever you want, as you already could on the Twitter website and many other video platforms.

If you want to see a toggle example, you can check out The edgethe tweet of with a trailer for our Netflix show, which has a subtitle file attached. Staff here were able to see the toggle on iPhones and Android phones, though it could be a bit glitchy – sometimes the subtitles just wouldn’t appear, and pressing the button would sometimes freeze the video.

In an email to The edge, Twitter spokesperson Shaokyi Amdo said the button “will only appear on videos with captions already available, and is not related to the automated captioning system.” Hopefully the publicly available toggle will encourage anyone uploading a video to Twitter to consider adding captions.

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