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How to receive alerts when important sounds are detected around you in Android 12

How to receive alerts when important sounds are detected around you in Android 12

To be able to use Sound notifications you will need to have the Live Transcribe app installed on your device. If Live Transcribe is not pre-installed on your device, you can download and install it from the Google Play store.

By default, Sound notifications listens for the following sounds. To customise the list and change how Sound notifications delivers its alerts, see the guide How to customise the Sound notifications feature in Android 12.

  • Emergency sounds
    • Smoke and fire alarms
    • Shouting
    • Siren
  • Priority sounds
    • Baby sounds
    • Dog barking
    • Doorbell ringing
    • Knocking
  • Appliances and other sounds
    • Appliance beeping
    • Landline phone ringing
    • Water running

Short guide:

  1. Open Settings  and select Accessibility.
  2. Tap Sound notifications, then Open Sound notifications.
  3. Tap Turn on and allow the app to record audio by tapping While using the app. Tap OK.  
  4. You can run Sound notifications in the background. Tap on a notification to return to the Sound notifications screen.
  5. To pause Sound notifications tap the Settings  button in the top-right corner. Tap the toggle switch for Sound notifications are active to turn it off.
  6. To review notifications on the timeline, tap the back arrow < to jump back to previous notifications. Tap Now to return to the current time. 

Before and after

Android 12's Sound Notifications in action

This section explains how to use the Sound notifications feature in Android 12. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.

Open the Accessibility settings

1. Tap the Settings  icon on your Home page or in your app tray to open the Settings. Select Accessibility.

Open Settings and tap Accessibility

Open Sound notifications

2. Scroll down to the Audio section and tap Sound notifications. On the next screen, tap Open Sound notifications

Tap Sound notifications then Open sound notifications

Give permission

3. You’ll see a message explaining what Sound notifications does. Tap Turn on. You may also see a message asking for permission to record audio. Tap While using the app

Tap Turn on then While using the app

Position your device

4. You’ll now see another message explaining where to place your device and how to get the most from the feature. Tap OK

Tap OK

Using Sound notifications

5. Sound notifications will now be listening out for important sounds, which it will show on the scrolling timeline on the screen. You don’t need to stay on this screen, however. You can use your device for other tasks or leave it where it is best placed to hear the sounds you want to detect. Sound notifications will run in the background, even when the device is locked.

The Sound notifications timeline screen

Receiving notifications

6. By default, when a sound is detected, your device will vibrate, and the camera flash will flash several times. You will also receive an on-screen notification. You can tap on any notifications to return to the Sound notifications screen.

A sound notification on the Android 12 Home screen

Sound notification settings

7. To pause Sound notifications and adjust other settings, go to the Sound notifications screen and tap the Settings  button in the top-right corner.

Tap Settings

Pause sound notifications

8. To pause notications, tap the toggle switch for Sound notifications are active to turn it off.

Tap the toggle switch for Sound notifications are active to turn it off.

Review your notifications

9. To check your notifications to see if you’ve missed a sound notification, slide your finger down from the top of the screen to open the notifications screen. Any Sound notifications you have received will be listed here. Tap the down arrow  with the number to see all sound notifications. Tap an individual notification to see it on the Sound notifications timeline.

Review the timeline

10. You can also check your notifications on the timeline itself. Go to the Sound notifications timeline screen. Tap the back arrow  to jump back to previous notifications. Tap Now to return to the current time.

Tap the Back arrow to see the last notification or Now to return to the current time

Note: We have written these instructions for devices running the standard version of the Android operating system. You may find some minor presentation differences if the manufacturer has customised the theme.

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