Live Caption is one of the best accessibility features on Chromebooks, and I use it regularly whenever YouTube’s closed captions go haywire with its voice recognition. Plus, the Live Captions feature comes in handy when you’re lazy to get your headphones on and don’t want to disturb others. It’s accurate, fast, translates speech to text in real time, and works even when you’re offline. If this sounds useful to you and you want to enable Live Caption on your Chromebook, follow our quick guide below. We also mentioned some fixes in case the feature stops working on your Chromebook. That said, let’s go ahead and learn how to enable live captions on your Chromebook.
Enable Live Captions on Your Chromebook (2022)
In this article, we have explained an easy method to enable Live Caption on Chromebooks. If Live Caption is not working on your Chrome OS device, you can also find the fix here. So without further ado, let’s dive into:
Enable live captions on your Chromebook
Currently, Live Caption on Chromebooks only supports English language. From English (US) to English (UK) and English (India), all English language variants from different regions are supported. Google has announced that live captions for French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish are coming to Chromebooks soon.
Other than that, Google says audio and subtitles are processed locally on Chromebooks, so the data never leaves the device. From a privacy perspective, this is a good approach. Having said all that, let’s get to the steps.
1. First, open the Quick Settings panel in the lower right corner. Next, click the gear icon to open Settings.
2. On the Settings page, click “Advanced” on the left sidebar to expand the menu, then open “Accessibility“.
3. Here, click on “Manage accessibility features” in the right pane.
4. Now scroll down and go to the “Audio and subtitles” section. Here, click “Legends“.
5. Finally, enable the “Live Caption” toggle on your Chromebook. Following this, Google will start downloading some voice recognition files from its server so that it can offer live captions even when your device is offline.
6. Now go ahead and play any media in Chrome. A live caption popup will appear at the bottom and start generating real-time captions. Keep in mind that the Live Caption feature only works in chrome browser on Chromebooks. If you’re playing a media file from your local storage, it won’t work.
7. I also tested Live Caption in offline mode, and it worked perfectly. You should play the media file through Chrome browser and live subtitles will be displayed. To play any media file through Chrome, simply drag and drop the video into the Chrome browser.
8. If you wish customize caption size, font, color, background coloropacity, etc., you can do this from the Settings app on your Chromebook.
Live captioning not working on your Chromebook? Correct here
1. If Live Caption isn’t working on your Chromebook or you don’t see the option in Settings, don’t worry. Just open the
chrome://flags page in Chrome browser. Here, search for “live legend”. You can read all about Chrome flags and find out some of the best and useful Chrome flags via the attached links.
2. You can also directly open the address below in Chrome, and it will take you to the “Live Caption” flag.
3. Now enable the Live Caption flag from the drop down menu and restart your Chromebook. From now on, Live Caption should work fine on your Chromebook.
4. Finally, I suggest you switch to the English language if you want to take advantage of Live Caption on your Chromebook if you haven’t already. You can change the language from Settings -> Advanced -> Languages & inputs -> Languages -> Change (next to Device language).
Chrome OS Live Caption: Frequently Asked Questions
What languages are supported for Live Caption in Chromebooks?
Currently, only English language of different regions are supported in Chromebooks. Google has announced that Live Caption will soon arrive in French, German, Italian, etc.
How to enable live captions in Chrome?
chrome://flags/#enable-accessibility-live-caption in the chrome browser and enable the flag. It will enable the Live Caption feature in Chrome. You can go further on Settings -> Advanced -> Accessibility -> Subtitles to configure Live Caption.
Does Live Caption work offline on Chromebooks?
Yes, live captions work offline on Chromebooks and the data never leaves your device. All data processing is done locally.
How to Customize Live Captions in Chromebooks?
Open Settings and navigate to Advanced -> Accessibility -> Manage Accessibility Features -> Captions. Here under “Caption Preferences” you can choose the caption size, font, background color, etc.
Generate accurate, real-time captions on Chromebooks
This is how you can get the live captioning feature on Chromebooks. I find this feature extremely useful, especially when you hear a speech with a different accent than yours. It can accurately transcribe speech and even works offline. Anyway, it all comes from us. If you want to enable Live Caption on Windows 11, we have a handy guide for that too. And to find more Chromebook tips and tricks, follow our linked article. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.