Enable Live Caption in the Google Chrome browser

March 18, 2021

Lack of captions isn’t just an accessibility issue, but a convenience issue, as well. In a crowded environment, you wouldn’t prefer to watch content with loud sounds and trouble others around you. Rather, you’ll find it more appropriate to use the captions in such a setting. Thanks to Google’s efforts, we now have the Live Caption feature embedded in its browser.  

Chrome Live Caption

How to turn on Live Caption in Google Chrome browser?

Meaningful technological solutions can be made more accessible for hard-of-hearing communities by equipping them with Live Caption support. This will ensure folks with impaired hearing no longer have to miss out on watching videos because of lack of captions.

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  1. Launch Chrome browser on your Mac computer or a PC.
  2. Go to Customize and control Google Chrome menu.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Click the drop-down button next to Advanced option.
  5. Scroll down to Accessibility option.
  6. Switch to the right-pane.
  7. Enable Live Caption feature.

How to turn on Live Caption?

Launch your Google Chrome browser. Make sure, you are running the latest version of the browser (Google Chrome v89 or later).

Go to the Customize and control Google Chrome menu, visible as 3 vertical dots in the upper-right corner.

Google Chrome Settings
Google Chrome Settings

Click the menu to choose Settings.

When the Settings window opens, scroll down to the Advanced option.

Hit the drop-down button next to it to expand its menu.

Chrome Accessibility
Chrome Accessibility

From the list of options displayed, select Accessibility.

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Now, switch to the right pane. There, under the Accessibility heading, look for the Live Caption option.

Chrome Live Caption
Chrome Live Caption

 When visible, slide the toggle to the On position.

The browser will instantly begin to download speech recognition files. Once done, it will create captions for English audio and video. The real-time captions will works with videos, podcasts, and even phone calls.

Live Caption Active
Live Caption Active

Captions for the content will appear in a small pop-up window at the bottom of a video. You can choose to expand the window to accommodate more text.

How to turn off live caption?

Simply slide the toggle next to Live Caption option under Chrome Accessibility settings to the Off position.

Does Chrome Live Caption support all languages?

For now, the Live Caption Chrome desktop detects and transcribes English-language audios and videos. It’s likely that support for more languages will be added over time. Apart from this shortfall, the feature comes in handy for someone who is suffering from a hearing impairment or wants to watch a video with audio turned off.

Hope that makes sense!

Source - Google.

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