How to Turn On & Turn Off Live Captions on FaceTime in macOS Sonoma

🗓️ September 26, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Among the assemblage of new features for iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch, Apple has introduced a universal live captioning tool that uses the device’s in-built ML acceleration hardware to turn on/off the live captions on FaceTime On Mac easily, For One to One or In Group Call.

This availability will eliminate the auto-generating on-screen text from all the audio content. This feature is introduced to assist the hearing impaired users in following along with what is being said in the audio/video. The users will be able to customise the font size to their likeability. However, while using FaceTime calls, the participants will receive the transcripts automatically through the system.

Turn on or Turn off Live Captions on Mac Display

The user can follow the steps below to turn the Live FaceTime Captions on or off or edit the font style to match their likeability.

  1. Click on the Apple Menu on your Mac.
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Go to Accessibility and then choose Live Captionsturn-off-live-caption-on-mac-in-ventura
  4. From here, depending upon the case, do any one of the following:
    1. If you want to enable the SDH setting: Select the “Live Caption” toggle. If you want to disable the SDH setting: Deselect the “Live Caption” box.
    2. If you want to enable the SDH settings for FaceTime: Select the “Live Captions in FaceTime” box.
    3. If you want to create a particular style: Click on the Add button represented by. Follow by adding the style name and changing the settings to select the background and text of your choice.
    4. That’s it.
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Turn on or Turn off Live Captions from FaceTime settings

The new feature comes with the option to disable or re-enable it from the system settings as explained above or from a specific app like FaceTime. Follow the below steps to Start Live Captions for FaceTime on Mac.

  • Open FaceTime app on mac > from top menu Face Time > Settings > Uncheck to Disable “Live Captions (Beta)” or Select “Live Captions (Beta)” to turn on.


Since the news about the Live Captions has been known to people, many users have asked the same question over and over again. That question is:

Why are Live Captions not working on my Mac?

If you are unable to turn on the live captions, make sure that:

  1. The device you are using is either
    • iPad with A12 Bionic or the later model
    • Mac with Apple Silicon
  2. OS you are using is updated to the latest version

The Live Captions feature for FaceTime only works on the devices and OS mentioned above. If you have a device that is older than these models or the OS is not updated, you can upgrade them both to avail of these benefits.

In case your OS is not updated, you can follow the steps mentioned hereunder to update the same.

On MacOS Ventura & later version,

  1. Go to the Apple Logo menu from the top menu > System Settings.
  2. Next, Click on General > Software Update.
  3. Download and install the new software updates.

On MacOS Monterey,

  1. Click on the Apple Logo Menu on your Mac ().
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Go to Software Update
  4. You will be given two options. Based on the task to be performed, do as follows:
    1. To install the latest updates of the OS version currently installed, click “Update Now.”
    2. To install an entirely new version (with a new name), Click “Upgrade Now.”
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Kindly take note that Software Update will show you only those upgrades that are compatible with the Mac you are using. In case you do not get new update notifications, consider it a time to change your Mac.

If the Software Update informs you that your Mac, along with the OS and all the other applications, is up to date, and the Live Captions are still not working, in that case you can contact the Apple customer service number of your country. You can also contact them by visiting the nearby store or simply accessing their website.

What’s Next for Apple?

For the next assemblage of futuristic features, Apple plans to use on-device lidar sensors with the device’s cameras for Door Detection. This feature is under development intending to assist the users in finding the entryways to new locations. This feature will include telling the user about the location or direction of the entryway and describing the same to them (whether it opens with a knob or a handle, if it is already open or closed, etc.). Apple is planning to provide this as a part of the Detection Mode that will be added to the Magnifier in iOS. This feature already exists with the device being able to zoom in on any nearby object or people and identify or describe them.

With such big plans ahead, Apple is surely paving the way for technology and making lives easier.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

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