Released as an Android-only feature, captions automatically generate captions for all the media playing on the phone. For example, you could play a podcast and the phone will display the text on the screen in real-time.
How to Enable Live Caption on Google Chrome
Live Caption is an accessibility feature within Chrome Settings. To turn on live captions:
- Open the Chrome menu.
- Choose Settings.
- Click Advanced.
- Click Accessibility.
- Click the Live caption slider to enable it.
This enables Live Captions on Chrome. Now, play a video and you should see captions. You can drag the box where the caption appears and place it anywhere on the screen.
Enable the Flag
If you do not have Live Captions on your Chrome browser yet, check if the following flag is enabled.
To enable this flag:
- Open chrome://flags
- Enable the flag “#enable-accessibility-live-captions”
- Restart Chrome.
Control From Chrome Toolbar
When this feature is enabled, you can turn captions on or off from the Chrome toolbar. To do this, click the global media control icon and then click the toggle to turn captions on or off.
Captions are available only in English at the moment. However, it is safe to assume that Google will soon add more languages soon. If you are looking for Chrome captions in languages like French or Spanish, stay tuned to Chrome Story and we will surely bring you all the latest information on this.
Do you find Chrome’s captions useful or do you prefer closed captions provided by video providers like YouTube? If you have a preference, I would love to hear why.
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