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 How to use the captions feature in Chrome

Google recently added a new feature called (Captions) Live Captions in the desktop version of the Chrome browser, as this feature uses machine learning techniques to display text comments for any audio that is played in the browser automatically even if the sound is muted, which makes browsing websites Like YouTube is more accessible to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

How to use the captions feature in Chrome


 How to use the captions feature in Chrome

Here's how to use the captions feature in Google Chrome:

This feature is similar to the automatic transcription capabilities of YouTube, but it works with all audio files that are played in the Chrome browser, such as videos, podcasts, voice calls, music-streaming services, audio and video files stored via the device's storage space if opened in the Chrome browser, which is It also works with browser progressive web applications (PWAs).

The (captions) feature is useful for users with a hearing impairment, or any user who just wants to watch videos or make video calls but does not want to play the audio, but so far the feature is not ideal, as the browser may have trouble recognizing Audio if its poor quality, plus only English language support.

 How to activate the captions feature in Google Chrome:

You must first update your browser to version (Chrome 89) or later, and to do so, follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
  • Click the three dots on the top right-hand side.
  • From the menu that appears, click on the Setting option.
  • In the window that appears, click on the option (About Chrome) on the left side.
  • On the right side of the screen, click on the option (update) Update.


After updating the browser, restart it, then follow the steps below to activate the feature:

  • Click on the three dots at the top.
  • From the menu that appears, click on the Setting option.
  • On the screen that appears, press the arrow under the Advanced option to expand the list.
  • Click on the option (Accessibility) Advanced.
  • On the right side of the screen, toggle the button next to (Caption) Live Caption On.


  • Now after you visit a site that contains sound, such as: YouTube, the browser will prompt you to download the necessary speech recognition files that take only a few seconds.
  • The (captions) feature should start copying automatically when the browser detects the audio, if not, tap the media icon between the add-ons icon and your profile picture to open the playback controls in the Google browser.
  • A box will appear at the bottom of the currently playing video with the text.


  • If you decide you don't want the feature to turn on when watching the video in play, press the (X) button to close the caption window or turn the feature off entirely in the Media Control Panel by toggling the button off.
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