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 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 that support iOS will work well. 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 the additional copy of your tape with the Reader lines sound quality significantly improved.
  • Connect to a blue-tooth speaker while you rehearse for the most realistic results.
  • Recording with an external microphone will produce the best audio quality.
  • Adjust 'Reader' volume. This slider will affect the volume in your additional tape, not the original one.

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 handle 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 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.


  • If you expect large pauses in the middle of your line, record it as two separate lines.


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


  • To add another scene with the same title, tap and hold on a folder and select Duplicate.


  • 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.


  • Recording with an external microphone will produce the best audio quality.


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