Is the Hamilton® CapTel® App for Android compatible with all Android versions?
The Hamilton CapTel App works on Android devices running the latest publicly available version of the Android Operating System. Minor differences may be observed based on your device manufacturer.
Is there a charge for the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
There is no charge for a Hamilton CapTel Account or the Hamilton CapTel App.
Where can I obtain the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
You can download the free Hamilton CapTel App at Google Play on your phone.
Is there a live captioning assistant on the call while I place and receive my captioned telephone calls?
Yes, a live Captioning Assistant (CA) generates captions of what’s said to you during your call through the use of advanced voice recognition software.
I don’t have a Hamilton CapTel Account, do I need to register?
In order to use the service, you must register for a Hamilton CapTel Account. This one-time registration allows you to provide Hamilton with necessary information as well as certify that you have a hearing loss that necessitates the use of captioned telephone services.
Why am I required to register my Date of Birth and the last four (4) digits of my Social Security number?
The FCC works to protect captioned telephone service from potential misuse by people who may not need captioning assistance. Your registration information confirms that you are at least 18 years of age, and are a U.S. citizen. All information provided is treated, by law, as confidential.
What does Hamilton do with my information when I submit my registration?
All information gathered is secure and confidential in accordance with FCC requirements. Your information is not used for marketing or promotional purposes unless you have specifically opted-in to receive information from Hamilton CapTel.
I already have a Hamilton CapTel user account. Can I use the same username/password for the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
Yes. Once you download the Hamilton CapTel App, simply enter your Hamilton CapTel username and password and log in. You can then place and receive calls with the app and begin receiving captions immediately.
Can I use my Hamilton CapTel account on my Tablet and Smartphone?
Yes, you can use your Hamilton CapTel account on your Tablet and Smartphone.
However, if you have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me # and both devices are set with “Receive Calls” ON, you will only be able to receive calls on one device, not both. Your calls will be routed to the last device used.
How do I place a call with the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
Using your Android Tablet and any telephone (i.e. landline, office, cell phone, smartphone), you can place calls using the Hamilton CapTel App. Read captions of what’s said that appear on the Android Tablet, while you listen and talk over your desired telephone.
Under the “Options” tab, enter the number associated with the telephone you are using, which can be updated at any time in between calls. From the Hamilton CapTel App call screen, enter the number of the person you wish to call in the “Number to Dial” box. To select a number directly from your Android’s contact list, simply click on “Contacts” at the top of the screen. Be sure that your phone is ready to use.
After placing the call, you will automatically be taken to the Captions screen where you will connect with the captioning service. Your phone will ring, notifying you that you have received a call from the Hamilton CapTel Call Center. Once you answer, the phone number of the person you wish to call will automatically dial. The Hamilton CapTel App for the Android allows you to view the captions of your call on your Tablet.
When the person you are calling answers, you can listen to what is being said over the phone while reading the captions on the Tablet. If your call is answered by a message system, the message will be captioned and you will be able to leave your message accordingly.
You can end your call at anytime by hanging up or clicking the “End Call” button.
Your conversations will automatically be saved. If you prefer to save individual calls, simply set your preferences by clicking on “Options” and uncheck “Save Calls Automatically” so that the checkmark is displayed in gray.
Can I add my extension to the “My Phone Number” box in the “Options” tab?
At this time, Hamilton CapTel does not allow extensions to be added to the phone number you’re using with the service.
Can I dial a number with an extension or access options on interactive voice recording menus?
You can enter the 10-digit number you would like to dial in the “Number to dial” field. When connected, you’ll be able to listen while reading captions of the instructions and use your phone to enter numbers when prompted.
Can I place calls using my existing Android Contacts?
Yes, you can select numbers to dial from your Android Contacts through the Hamilton CapTel App. Simply touch the “Contacts” tab within the app and you’ll see all of your contacts there. Select a name/number of the person you wish to call and your call will be placed!
Can I place a call using Spanish with the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
Yes. Spanish captions are available on Hamilton CapTel from 7am to 11pm CT, 7 days a week. To enable Spanish captions, click on the “Espanol” button on the “Options” menu of the app.
Can I receive a call with the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
Yes. Receiving calls on the Hamilton CapTel App for Android Tablet with your Hamilton CapTel Call Me # is easy. The Hamilton CapTel Call Me # is a ten-digit phone number that anyone can use to call you directly.
First, visit the “Options” tab in the Hamilton CapTel App. In the “My Phone Number” field, be sure to enter the phone number you are using (i.e. landline, office, cell phone, smartphone), which can be updated at any time in between calls.
When a person dials your Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, here’s what will happen:
- Your phone will ring
- You must answer your phone
- Captions of what the caller is saying will be displayed on the screen of the Android Tablet
Not sure you have a Call Me #? Simply go to the Hamilton CapTel App and open the “Options” tab. If the Hamilton Call Me # field has a ten-digit number, this is the number you can share with family, friends and businesses! If you do not see a number, you can log into your account on a PC/Mac and visit the “Receive Calls” section.
After you’ve received your Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, all you have to do is open the app on your Android Tablet and make sure that Receive Calls is set to ON.
If you do not have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, you must first enter and save a phone number in the “Receive Calls” section in order to receive captions through Hamilton CapTel. The person calling you must first dial the Hamilton CapTel Call Center at 1-855-318-8818 and then enter your phone number, followed by the pound (#) sign.
Please note that the Hamilton CapTel Call Me # is not available in any of the U.S. Territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.
Is the Hamilton CapTel Call Me # available in U.S. Territories?
The only U.S. Territory that the Call Me # is available in is Puerto Rico. The Call Me # is not available in the following U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, United States Minor Outlying Islands, U.S. Virgin Island, and Northern Mariana Islands.
If you are not able to obtain a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, you can receive calls in a different manner. First, you must enter and save a phone number in the “Receive Calls” section in order to receive captions through Hamilton CapTel. The person calling you must first dial the Hamilton CapTel Call Center at 1-855-318-8818 and then enter your phone number, followed by the pound (#) sign.
I have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, can I use it with my Android Tablet?
Yes you can! To find out if you already have a Call Me # associated with your Android Tablet, visit the “Options” tab. If you see a ten-digit number in the “Hamilton CapTel Call Me #” field, you’ve already registered for a number. If you don’t see a ten-digit number here, simply log into your account and visit the “Receive Calls” page.
I have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me # on my Android Tablet. Why aren’t my calls coming through?
You may need to reset your session with Hamilton CapTel. To reset your connection, simply turn “Receive Calls” OFF. After a few seconds, turn “Receive Calls” back ON. This should do the trick. If problems persist, please contact our Customer Service representatives!
I have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me # on my Android Tablet. If I use Hamilton CapTel on a PC/Mac, where will my calls be directed?
If you log into Hamilton CapTel on a PC/Mac, your captioned calls will be directed to your PC/Mac and to the number that is entered in the “I’m at this number” field. Once you log out of your PC/Mac, your Android Tablet will start receiving captioned calls again.
I do not have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #. What happens if I have “Receive Calls” turned “OFF” and someone tries to call me through the Hamilton CapTel App?
The person will receive the following message: “The person you are calling is currently unavailable. Please call back at a later time. Thank you.”
If I obtain a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, will people still be able to dial the toll-free number (855-318-8818) to reach me?
The Call Me # allows callers to reach you with a single phone number, allowing you to receive captions. It also makes it easier for them to store your phone number in their contacts or phone book. If they attempt to dial your number using the toll-free number, the caller will receive the following message: “The person you are calling is currently unavailable. Please call back at a later time. Thank you.”
I have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, but I’m not logged in on my Android Tablet. What happens when someone tries to call my Call Me #?
The caller will hear a recording that states “The person you are calling is not accepting calls at this time. Please try your call at a later time.”
How does Caller ID work with the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
If you have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, the person you are calling will be able to view your Call Me # via Caller ID.
If you do not have a Hamilton CapTel Call Me #, the person you are calling will be able to view the telephone number you are using to talk on the phone (the number you entered in the “My Telephone Number” field on the “Options” tab).
Can I customize the font or background settings on the Hamilton CapTel App for Android during a captioned call?
You can change these features any time during a captioned call, however, it is recommended that you set your features prior to making and receiving calls.
Can I review the conversation (scroll up or down) while still on the call?
Yes, the scroll feature works at anytime during the call process.
Can I access the “Options” tab during a call?
You can access the “Options” tab during the call, however, it is recommended that you set your call preferences prior to making and receiving calls.
Can I save and review the captions of a conversation after the call has been disconnected?
Yes, you can view captions of a conversation immediately after the call is disconnected. If “Save Calls” under “Options” is checked in green, your calls will automatically be saved and you will have the ability to view them at any time. If this feature is not set, you will receive a prompt after each call asking whether or not you want to save your captions.
To view saved conversations, click on “Saved Calls” at the top and select the call you wish to review.
How do I delete saved calls from the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
You can delete saved calls in the “Saved Calls” menu. Click the checkbox of the call(s) you wish to delete and select “Delete”
Can deleted calls be recovered?
No. Once the calls are deleted, they cannot be recovered.
Can I change my username or password within the Hamilton CapTel App for Android?
No. You can change your username/password by accessing your account with a web browser.
Can I place a 911 call with Hamilton CapTel?
Please refer to the Emergency Calling 911 Info for information on using Hamilton CapTel for emergency calls.
I’m experiencing difficulty connecting to Hamilton CapTel service. How do I know if there’s a service interruption occurring?
Please visit the Service Notifications page for information about current service interruptions Hamilton CapTel may be experiencing.