Google Chrome Live Captions

The latest version of Google Chrome (version 89) includes live captions. When turned on, captions will be added to any audio or video played in the browser, including live or pre-recorded Blackboard Collaborate sessions.

To enable this feature you will need to do the following (Mac or PC):

Update Chrome to the latest version

  1. Open Google Chrome.

  2. Open the Chrome menu (the 3 dots in the top right corner next to your picture).

  3. Click Settings.

  4. Click About Chrome. From here you can see which version of Chrome you have and update to the latest version.

Tip: Copy and paste this link into your browser to go directly to the relevant menu item: chrome://settings/help

Navigating to the about chrome menu from chrome settings

The version of Google Chrome displayed in the About Chrome section of Chrome settings

Turn on captions

  1. Open the Chrome menu (the three dots in the top right corner, next to your picture).

  2. Click Settings.

  3. Click Advanced.

  4. Under Accessibility there should be an option to turn Live Captions on or off.

The first time you turn on captions Chrome will download speech recognition files.

Tip: copy and paste this link into your browser to go directly to the relevant menu item: chrome://settings/accessibility

Enabling the live caption setting in the Accessibility menu in chrome settings

The Live captions option under the accessibility menu of Chrome settings

Using captions in Chrome

If live captions are enabled, Chrome will detect any audio and video in your browser and automatically display captions in a box at the bottom of the screen. You can reposition and resize the box, or close it by clicking the x.

Live Captions will work for most audio and video if played through your Chrome browser, including Google Meet and Blackboard Collaborate sessions.

Please note: when using Chrome’s live captions in a Blackboard Collaborate session, Chrome will only caption speech from others in the session, not your own speech. Captions will not be recorded or downloaded.

Students registered with DDSS can also access Caption.Ed