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How to use captions in Android Lollipop 5.0.0

How to use captions in Android Lollipop 5.0.0

This page explains how to turn on Captions.

  • To access the Accessibility features on your Android device select the ‘Settings’ icon then ‘Accessibility’ from the list under the ‘System’ heading.

Fig 1 Android Lollipop 5.0.0 Captions Settings
Fig 1.

  • Select ‘Captions’ from the list.

Fig 2 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Accessibility
Fig 2.

  • Set the toggle switch to ‘On’ (this is in the top-right hand corner of the screen).

Fig 3 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Captions
Fig 3.

The following options will now become available: Language Select ‘Language’ to change the language of the captions.

Fig 4 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Language
Fig 4.

Text size Select ‘Text size’ to change the size of captions text. There are five options:

  • Very small
  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
  • Very large

Fig 5 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Text Size
Fig 5.

Caption style Select ‘Caption style’ to change the colour of caption text. There are five options:

  • White on black
  • Black on white
  • Yellow on black
  • Yellow on blue
  • Custom

Fig 6 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Caption Style
Fig 6.

Selecting ‘Custom’ will cause additional options to appear on the main captions options screen. Font family Select ‘Font family’ to change the font. There are five options:

  • Default
  • Sans-serif
  • Sans-serif condensed
  • Serif
  • Monospace

Fig 7 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Font Family
Fig 7.

Text colour Select ‘Text colour’ to change the colour of text.

Fig 8 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Text Colour
Fig 8.

Edge type Select ‘Edge type’ to change the outline of the text. There are three options:

  • None
  • Outline
  • Drop Shadow

Fig 9 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Edge Type
Fig 9.

Selecting ‘Outline’ or ‘Drop shadow’ will activate the ‘Edge colour’ option.

Fig 10 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Edge Colour
Fig 10.

Background colour ‘Background colour’ lets you change the background that captions are displayed on.

Fig 11 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Background Colour
Fig 11.

‘Text opacity’ lets you change the text opacity for captions displayed.

  • 25%
  • 50%
  • 75%
  • 100%

Fig 12 - Android Lollipop 5.0.0 - Captions - Text Opacity
Fig 12.

NOTE: These instructions apply to the standard version of Android as found in the Google Nexus range. They also apply to other devices (as long as they are using the same operating system) but please be aware that there may be minor differences. This is due to the custom ‘skins’ some companies apply to their mobile devices instead of the stock Android theme.      

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