How to enable Live Transcription in a Zoom meeting
Posted by Rory Beck, Last modified by Rory Beck on 17 March 2021 10:03 AM

Description: Instructions on how to turn on closed captions and enable the built-in live transcriptions in Zoom.

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How to enable Live Transcriptions in a Zoom meeting

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Live transcription limitations

This feature is limited to Zoom paid accounts. The accuracy of Zoom’s live transcription feature depends on many variables, such as but not limited to:

  • Background noise

  • Volume and clarity of the speaker’s voice

  • Speaker's proficiency with the English language

  • Lexicons and dialects specific to geography or community

Because of these limitations, if you are required to use speech-to-text support for any accessibility compliance needs in your meetings and webinars, we recommend using a manual captioner who may be able to guarantee a specific accuracy. Please contact the ATC Media Services for your request at

After starting a Zoom meeting as the host, choose the “Live Transcript” button in the toolbar on the bottom of the Zoom window.
live transcript button highlighted

  1. Select the “Enable Auto-Transcription” button.

Enable Auto-Transcription button highlighted

  1. Captions will automatically appear at the bottom of the Zoom screen for the host. Participants will need to select the “Live Transcript” button in the Zoom toolbar and select “Show subtitles” to view the live transcription during the meeting.   

closed captions highlighted

  1. Once live transcription is active, users can select the small arrow located on the “Live Transcript” button to “View Full Transcript” and adjust the subtitle settings. (Note: This will only change your own individual subtitle settings, this will not affect all other participants in the meeting.) See option descriptions below:

Live transcript arrow highlighted

Hide Subtitle: show or hide the subtitles at the bottom of the screen.

View Full Transcript: open a window to the right that displays the full transcript.

Subtitle Settings: open your subtitle settings where you can adjust your subtitle font size and screen reader alerts.

For further help, click on Live Help, leave a ticket, or contact:

Academic Technology Center

(541) 463-3377

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