Tap the + button.

Type or dictate

the scene title.

Tap and hold any folder

to access the folder menu.



Tap + and choose 'Record lines', or you can import a pre-recorded audio file.

Tap 'Record Lines'. You can also import lines or transcribe the existing lines.

Choose if you'd like your lines transcribed as you speak, then tap the record button.

Save the line as 'Myself', if you recorded your character's line, otherwise save it as 'Reader'.

If you mistakenly saved the line as 'Reader', but it was supposed to be 'Myself' - don't worry. It's easy to change it by swiping the line right. To delete it, swipe left.

You can edit the transcription before saving the line. Leave the cue (last word) as it has been transcribed by the app. If you change it, it might not be recognized while rehearsing. E.g. don’t change 'Hailee' to 'Hailey.'

Tap the 3 dots on any line to access the line menu. You can re-record, transcribe, export, or edit transcription of the line.



Different ways to rehearse your lines

Swipe up the play button to access menu





When you say the very last word of your line (the cue), coldRead will “read” the following line back to you, just like a real reader would.

The app detects when you stop speaking and starts timer to next line.

Timer delays next line to allow pauses while speaking.

'Myself' line will stop the playback. Tap anywhere on the screen, press volume-up or use shutter remote(with 2 buttons or more) to play the next line.

Play all the lines

without stopping.

Tap the screen to skip forward. Mute 'Myself' if you'd like to rehearse with no interaction.


Adjust DELAY

Shutter remote

On-Cue mode supports multiple languages. If your language isn't supported at the moment, use On-Voice mode instead.

Longer timer allows longer pauses while speaking.

Default time is 1 second.

To change, tap - or + button.

Any shutter remote with 2 or more buttons, or a bluetooth keyboard should work. You can purchase one between $3-$10 on Amazon or eBay.


All rehearsing modes support use of the teleprompter

If turned on, 'Myself' line will trigger the teleprompter and display enlarged text on the screen as you rehearse.

Tap AA button to open the teleprompter menu. Rehearsing will be paused while you're adjusting the options.

Adjust letter size or change the text to all upper-case script. Tap anywhere to close the menu.

Scrolling can be automatic (speed is calculated from your line duration and font size), or manual (using the slider).



  • Swipe up the play button to open the rehearse menu and tap the Camera button.
  • Screen will rotate to self-tape mode.
  • Choose the self-timer duration.
  • Tap the Play button.
  • Video recording will start immediately.
  • Get ready, and when the countdown is over coldRead will play the first line.
  • coldRead will give you a heads up 3 seconds before countdown is up by flashing the camera in the back or flashing the screen red in the front.
  • Tap the Stop button when you finish and the save menu will appear.

Self-tape MENU

  • Since the sound is recorded from your device’s speaker, the 'Reader' lines will sound a little bit distorted. Reduce your device’s volume to have the Reader lines sound softer.
  • The save menu will give you an option to export additional copies of your tape with READER lines sound quality significantly improved. Turn the 'Improve Reader audio' on. Video recordings have a background 'hum' noise; to match that noise behind READER lines we have the 'Match Room Ambience' option. It will get a small sample of your background noise and loop it behind READER lines. Test the recorded sample with the Play button. If you hear clicking sound use 2 buttons next to it to move the sample for a fraction of a second left or right. Sometimes it takes more than a few taps to get it to the desired position.
  • Connect to a blue-tooth speaker while you rehearse for the most realistic results. If you're using a bluetooth speaker turn off the 'Improve Reader audio option.

F. A. Q

  • ・How do I delete a line?

     Swipe any line left and tap delete button.

  • ・How do I reorder my lines?

    Tap and hold any line and drag the line by the 3-dashes button (on the right side) up or down.

  • ・I accidentally denied coldRead mic/camera/photo library access. How do I fix this?

    coldRead will show an alert telling you about permission being denied and will offer an option to change that in your device's settings.

  • ・How do I re-record lines?

     If you’d like to re-record audio for an existing line, open the Line Menu and choose Re-Record.

  • ・I saved the line for MYSELF, but actually the line isn’t my character’s. Do I have to delete this line and record it again?

    No. Swipe the line right and tap the Reader button. The line will stay the same, but the cast will change from MYSELF to READER.

  • ・How do I add text to my line?

    Tap the Line Menu and choose Add/Edit Text. Dictate or type your line and tap OK. To delete text, follow the same procedure, but leave the field empty.

  • ・How do I back up or restore my lines and folders?

    Tap Restore or Back Up on the settings screen.


    After you tap Back Up, choose where to store the backup file in your iCloud folder. You may lose your data when you restore or when you replace your device. Back up regularly to avoid data loss or to access your data from another device.


    After you tap Restore select the backup file from the location in your iCloud folder. You can restore your backed-up data to the original device or to another device of your choice (iPad or iPhone). Restoring from backup will delete your existing folders and lines.

  • ・How do I send or receive lines?

    Record your lines preferably in coldRead (Voice Memos work as well but it won’t save the transcription and won’t mark the lines as READER or MYSELF, so you have to do it manually after).


    If you are sending lines from coldRead, tap the '+' button and then ‘Manage Lines’ (shortcut is to tap and hold on any line). After that select all the lines you want to send and tap the 'square-arrowUp' button. Choose the way to send them (via AirDrop, mail, SMS, etc.). If you recorded them with Voice Memos, just send the lines from the Voice Memo app the way you prefer.


    When you receive the lines (in your email, SMS, etc.), you have 2 options. The first one is to tap on each line and then open it with coldRead app. That's it. The second option is to tap on each line and save it to your iCloud drive (Files). Remember where you save them (the easiest way is to create a new folder). To import lines, open the scene folder in the coldRead app, tap the '+' button, and then ‘Import Lines’. Select the folder where you saved the lines previously. If you’re importing only one line - tap on it. If you are importing multiple lines, tap on the '3 dots' button, then ’Select’. Select all the lines you want to import and tap ‘Open’.

  • ・How do I move my scenes and lines from iPhone to iPad?

    Use Back Up and Restore option on the Settings Screen.

    Back up your lines to iCloud, remember the location and the name of the backup, then restore them from iCloud to your new device.

  • ・I subscribed but coldRead still won’t let me play more than 8 lines. What do I do?

    Make sure you are logged into your App Store account. Try restarting coldRead. Try Restore Purchases button in the settings menu. If that doesn't work, send an email to support@coldreadapp.com.

  • ・How do I cancel my subscription?

    Tap Manage under Purchase Screen in Settings. Or go to your device Settings.


    1. Tap your Apple ID at the top.
    2. Tap View Apple ID and sign in if prompted.
    3. Tap Subscriptions.
    4. Find and tap your coldRead subscription.
    5. Choose Cancel Subscription


    Important: If you don't see the coldRead subscription, make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID that you used to subscribe originally. Also, review your iTunes purchase history.

  • ・Transcribing isn't working. No language model installed.

    Type the line manually and then press play. If you get error message that language model isn’t installed - there are few things you can do.


    Language models are usually downloaded in a few minutes. If you’re repeatedly getting this message, it most likely is an issue with iOS. You device must support offline dictation for the app to work. Most of the modern devices do, but sometimes iOS skip downloading the languages.


    This is how to test if this is your case:


    Set the ‘Airplane mode ON’ on your device then test if dictation on your device works for your main/default language. Open the Notes app and try to dictate something. I’d assume it won’t work. The microphone button is greyed out. In this case, your offline dictation and speech recognition isn’t working across the device and all apps. If this works, it’s a different issue.


    Go to Settings/General/Keyboard/Keyboards, add another language (like English-UK) and then delete the English-US keyboard (if that was your main keyboard). Restart your device, go back to Settings/General/Keyboard/Keyboards and then add the main language again (English-US), it will trigger the language model download and everything will work as intended in a few minutes, including the coldRead.


  • Large monologues should be broken into logical, smaller pieces and recorded separately.


  • Default timer between lines, after speaking stops, is 1sec. While learning the lines use more than 1 sec, to give yourself more time. For fast paced scenes use 0 sec. Longer timer allows longer pauses while speaking.


  • Record someone else’s voice for the Reader lines (other characters) for a more realistic experience. You can also ask someone to record the lines and send the audio files to you so you can import them into your scene.


  • Connect to a blue-tooth speaker while you rehearse for the most realistic results.


  • Some cues can be difficult to recognize - like homophones 'piece' vs. 'peace' - and they require context. Speech recognition improves with use.


Things you can do:


     • Pick the second-to-last word as your cue. It won't affect the flow.


     • "Force 'On Voice' mode" for that line. Cue independent - it will move when you stop speaking.*


     • Move away from the noise. Constant background noise like AC can slow down the recognition process.


     • Make sure the bottom microphone isn't covered.


     • If issues persist, try restarting your device.

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