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How to enable or disable automatic Live Caption on macOS through Chrome

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Google has included the Live Caption transcription feature in version 89 of its Chrome browser for desktop. Live Captions uses machine learning to create a real-time transcription for videos or audio played through the browser, which can make online media more accessible for members of the Deaf community and other people with hearing loss. Live captions of videos, podcasts first made headlines feature on Google’s Pixel smartphones sometime last year. In the latest update of Chrome, this feature “accessibility option” is now available on macOS. Once enabled, Live Captions appear in a box at the bottom of the browser whenever you play audio or video that includes people talking. It works on every video played on your devices such as YouTube, podcasts, and Spotify’s web player. Kindly refer to some of my contents around Microsoft Edge “How to block automatic delivery of Microsoft Edge Chromium-based, how to configure static page in Microsoft Edge browser via Local Group Policy, how to configure favorites on Microsoft Edge via Group Policy, how to forcefully remove Microsoft Edge Browser the hard way from your device, how to stop Microsoft Edge from remembering your email, and all Group Policies (GPO) available for configuring Microsoft Edge settings.

Computer accessibility refers to the accessibility of a computer system to all people, regardless of disability type or severity of impairment. If you love to have this feature, simply update your Chrome to the latest version. 

- As you can see below,this can be very annoying. In this guide, I will be discussing how to turn (disable or enable) this feature.
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Note: You can “turn off Live Caption for now” but this is only temporary. Because when a new video is played, it will reappear. This can be done by clicking on the close (x) button as shown in the image below.

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How to Disable Automative Live Caption

To disable the Live Caption, please follow the steps below.
– Launch Google Chrome on your desktop and click the customize button in the top-right corner of the browser window. I.e., the vertical column with three dots as shown below.
– Click on Settings

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This will open the Settings menu as shown below.
– Expand the Advanced heading and click on Accessibility. All you need to do is to toggle off the feature, which turns off the speech into text.

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As you can see, this feature has been disabled and you will the Live Caption will no longer appear on your macOS when playing videos.

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Note: This feature in part relies on Apple’s built-in Accessibility features, so if you click the preferences it will open up the Accessibility tab in your Mac’s System Preferences.

Enable automatic Live Caption

To enable this feature (Live Caption), you will have to toggle on this accessibility feature

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If you cannot see the option, make sure you’ve updated Chrome to the latest version. You can tell the version of Chrome you are running and it should be at least Chrome 89. (Settings -> About Chrome).
– If the browser’s already up-to-date, quit the app and then relaunch it, and you should see the new Live Captions setting appear.
– As you can see, I am running the latest version of Chrome as of the time of writing this piece.

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I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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