What is the TTY mode?

What is TTY mode?

What is TTY mode?


What is the TTY mode?: It is commonly called Text Telephone. Tele Type Writer is abbreviated as TTY. This is a technical device that is known for sending and receiving typed messages from communications through various channels. This mode mainly helps people with difficulty hearing or deaf. A person who is Deaf or hard of hearing may benefit from using a Text Telephone also known as TTY, to type his or her conversation.

The TTY mode

TeleType Writer (Originally), or also called a text display device. It is known for the ability to be used by the deaf to read voice communication converted to text by a communication assistant device (CAD). TTY is a device that is used to send and receive typed messages from communications through various channels.

With this, we can transcribe the written messages into voice notes and voice notes into written messages. Here you are able to type messages on the screen or you can plug-in a TTY device through mobile’s headset connector.

In the past when the technology is not this much advanced we used to have relay operators as mediators for TTY calls. For this type of TTY communication, the person who is having trouble speaking should have a Text telephone.

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Note: These relay TTY’s are also available now. But with the advancement in technology and thus mobile phones, people find ease in using TTY modes available with their mobile phones.

To know more about TTY and it’s modes, read this entire content.

Modes in TTY

The interesting thing with TTY is that it has four modes available with it. Each of them having different operations in working. Here we will be reading detailed about each of it’s mode. They are;

1.TTY Off

If you select this mode Off among those modes, you are disabling this totally. This is nothing but turning off the TTY feature on your mobile phone.

If you select TTY Off, you will no longer be able to send or receive the typed messages from communications through any channel. But can call or communicate normally using the phone.

2. TTY Full

TTY fully enables text on both sides. This means, when a call is going on both the persons must involve in text communication. Not only the disabled person but also the other person whom he is speaking with must also type the message.

On selecting this mode, we can send or receive the typed messages from communications through various channels.

3. TTY HCO:

Hearing Carry Over is abbreviated a HCO. This means that you’ll be hearing the text that the disabled person types on the other side. So you can type the outgoing text in response.

For example: If a person with a hearing defect called you through the phone, you can hear the voice of their text through TTY HCO feature. So, in return, you can type the text as a reply.

4. TTY VCO:

Voltage-Controlled Oscillator, Voice Carry Over- a service that relays voice communication to the deaf. This takes the help of a medium or sometimes a mediator. In the past when the technology is not this much advanced we used to have relay operators as mediators for TTY calls. For this type of TTY communication the person who is having trouble speaking should have a Text telephone.

To know detailed about TTY RELAY, please look for the same subheading in this article itself.

TTY mode in iPhone

Enable TTY mode in iOS
How to enable TTY mode in iOS?

iOS also has this mode available and facilitates deaf or people with hearing disability to communicate in an efficient manner.

Specific to the iPhone and new for iOS 10, Apple has introduced a software TTY function. We can access software TTY from the phone app and allows you to make and receive TTY phone calls. To know about this feature, please read the content below.

  • 1. To enable software TTY function in your iPhone, first tap settings.
  • 2. Then tap general.
  • 3. Then tap accessibility.
  • 4. Under TTY, look for software.
  • 5. Once enabled, then tap relay number and enter 711.
  • 6. Then you must decide if you would like characters sent immediately. To send characters immediately as you type, move the toggle right.
  • 7. Then you must decide if you would like to answer all calls as TTY. To answer all calls as TTY, first, move the toggle right.  Then a pop-up menu will appear. Confirm by tapping ‘Answer all calls as TTY’.

Note: The native TTY application uses your voice plan and DOES NOT use your data minutes. And when you want to disable TTY, you just need to force stop or uninstall the TTY application.

Enable this mode in Android

Enable TTY mode in Android
How to enable TTY mode in Android?
  • 1. Open Contacts in your phone.
  • 2. Tap on three dots on the top-right corner of the screen.
  • .3. Select accessibility.
  • 4. When you tap on this mode you’ll be shown four options. Select ‘TTY full’ among them.
  • 5. TTY full in the sense, both sender and receiver had to enable TeleType Writer on their mobiles.
  • 6. Done with enabling this mode on your mobile.

What is TTY relay?

In this relay TTY service, the operator(say, a mediator) relays the other person spoken words by typing them to the TTY user.

In the past when the technology is not this much advanced, we used to have relay operators as mediators for TTY calls. For this type of TTY communication the person who is having trouble in speaking should have a Text telephone.

The relay service allows easier access for relay users, business friends and family of TTY users. The state-wide relay number is 7-1-1. And this helps to communicate with people who use standard telephones with people who use TTY’s.

When the person who is calling you is deaf or hard of hearing, relay person reads to you the conversation he/she typed during the call. In turn, when you speak your words, the person in relay will type these words for the disabled person on the other side. This is nothing but, the operator(say, a mediator) relays the other person spoken words by typing them to the TTY user.

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Note: At that time this facility is available for users speaking or typing in English and Spanish.

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How to turn Off TTY

A person who is Deaf or hard of hearing may benefit from using a Text Telephone also known as TTY, to type his or her conversation. But when there are no such people in your contacts or relation you can disable this. And also when you are done with the benefit of this mode and you need to remove it. Then it’s time to disable the mode.

  • 1. Open Contacts in your phone.
  • 2. Tap on three dots on top-right corner of the screen.
  • 3. Select accessibility.
  • 4. When you tap on this mode you’ll be shown four options. Select ‘TTY Off’ among them.
  • 5. If you select this mode Off among those modes, you are disabling it totally.
  • 6. Done with disabling the mode.

NOTE:  When you have an additional TTY application, the above-mentioned process will not be valid. For this, you need to uninstall that TTY app from your mobile. To uninstall app just open Settings > Apps/applications > select your TTY app > Uninstall / force stop.

Conclusion:

TTY benefited many people. It helped people with hearing disability (hard to hear) or Deaf in communicating efficiently with others.

TTY commonly called as Text Telephone. We abbreviate Tele Type Writer as TTY. This is a technical device that is known for sending and receiving the typed messages from communications through various channels. This mode mainly helps people with difficulty in hearing or deaf. A person who is Deaf or hard of hearing may benefit from using a Text Telephone also known as TTY, to type his or her conversation.

Also With TTY, we can transcribe the written messages into voice notes and voice notes into written messages. Here you can type messages on the screen or you can plug-in a TTY device through mobile’s headset connector.

The only thing you need to remember is that, when you have an additional TTY application, the above-mentioned process will not be valid. For this, you need to uninstall that TTY app from your mobile. To uninstall app just open Settings > Apps/applications > select your TTY app > Uninstall / force stop.

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