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Twitter becomes fashionable: it brings subtitles to Android and iOS | Digital Trends Spanish

Twitter now offers the option to turn closed captions on or off in its mobile apps for devices Android and iOS.

On Thursday night, the official @TwitterSupport account for the bird app announced via tweet that a caption toggle is now available for everyone who uses Twitter for Android or iOS. The tweeted announcement described the mobile app’s new feature as a “‘CC’ button” that works with videos with closed captions enabled.

The choice is now yours: the closed caption toggle is now available for everyone on iOS and Android!

Tap the “CC” button on videos with available captions to turn the captions off/on. https://t.co/GceKv68wvi

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 23, 2022

In responses to the tweeted announcement, @TwitterSupport offered a few more details about the feature that is new to the Twitter mobile app:

The subtitle toggle is “out of the box” for Twitter on the web and should appear when users hover over a video that has subtitles enabled.

This is already available for everyone on the web! On videos that have captions available, you can turn the captions off/on by clicking the “CC” button at the bottom that appears when you hover over the video.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 23, 2022

You also don’t have to tap the toggle button every time you want to enable subtitles for videos. Once you turn on subtitles for a video, the other videos on your timeline that offer subtitles should also follow suit.

We tested the new mobile caption toggle feature on Twitter for Android, and it’s currently live and working. But here are a couple of things we noticed:

  • As @TwitterSupport pointed out in their announcement, the new toggle feature only appears for videos that have subtitles enabled. And depending on who you follow, you may not have as many videos on your timeline that are eligible to show the switch. It was hard to find a video that had subtitles enabled (so the switch would appear).
  • Based on what we’ve seen so far on Android, the subtitles feature and its toggle don’t seem to be visible on videos embedded in tweets while in the timeline. You’ll need to click on the tweet itself (not the video) to open the tweet, in order to see the captions and the toggle button (which should then appear in the top right corner of the video).

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