Google introduced “Live Caption” during Google I/O of 2019. Google is currently developing this feature for the Chrome browser. This article explains how to enable Live Caption on Chrome and Chromebooks.
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.
Enable the Flag
This feature is currently an experimental flag available on the Developer channel of Chrome and Chrome OS. To enable this flag:
- Open chrome://flags
- Enable the flag “#enable-accessibility-live-captions”
- Restart Chrome.
Enable Live Caption Under Accessibility
Live Caption is an accessibility feature within Chrome Settings. To enable this feature:
- 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.
Note: This currently works only in the Canary version of Google Chrome.