How do I add live transcription to Zoom?

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Randy Gottfried
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There are two steps to offering live transcription to your Zoom attendees as a Host.

, set up Live Transcription (Captions) in your Zoom Account:

  1. Log into your Zoom account at
  2. Click on “Settings” from left-hand menu.
  3. Scroll down (way down) to “In Meeting (Advanced)” settings and a bit farther to find “Closed Captioning” options.
  4. Check the box next to “Enable live transcription service to show transcript on the side panel in-meeting.”
    Closed Caption Settings in Zoom - blue checkmark next to "Enable live transcription service to show transcript on the side panel in-meeting."

Second, activate live transcription during Zoom sessions where you are the Host

  1. Launch your Zoom meeting.
  2. Look at the control bar for your session. Find the “CC” options.
  3. Click on the “CC” icon and a pop up window will open.
  4. Click on the bottom option to “Enable Auto-Transcription.”

Closed captioning options in live Zoom session. Live Transcript is at the bottom with the Enable Auto-Transcription button circled.

Alert attendees that they can toggle the live transcription on/off using the “CC” button.


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