Zoom Meeting Closed Captioning

Zoom now provides speech-to-text transcription during your meetings and webinars. Once enabled, your students can view live closed-captioning during a meeting. This feature is enabled by the host of the meeting or webinar once it begins. Participants will not see the Live Transcript option unless the host enables it. 

  • This feature is not available in breakout rooms.

  • Automatic speech recognition (ASR) such as that provided by Zoom Live Transcript does not meet federal requirements for accessibility.

Enable live transcription


  1. Click Live Transcript at the bottom of the Zoom Toolbar. 

  2. When the Live Transcription menu opens, click Enable Auto-Transcription

    enable auto transcription


  3. To turn off Live Transcription, click Disable Auto-Transcription in the Live Transcript menu. 

    disable auto-transcription



Once Live Transcription enabled, participants have the option to choose how they want to view the robot transcription feature.

  1. Click Live Transcript to choose a transcript option. 

    live transcript settings

    Show Subtitles displays subtitles on the screen.
    View Full Transcript displays subtitles in real time with both the speaker's name and a time-stamp within the transcript window. We recommend this setting as best practice. 
    Subtitle Settings will open a window where you can adjust the font size of both the subtitles and the chat window.

  2. Click View Full Transcript to view subtitle and speaker. 

  3. If you would like a copy of the transcript, click View Full Transcript and Save Transcript. A copy of the transcript will be downloaded to your machine. Note: The transcript saves up to the moment of clicking Save Transcript. We recommend you click Save Transcript just before the meeting ends to ensure you have the transcript from the entire meeting. Also note that this option may not be available if the host has disabled this feature. 

Tips for using Live Transcription with Zoom

  • Use an External Microphone: An external microphone/headset provides better audio quality and, therefore, more accurately matches what is being said verbally. 

  • Speak Slowly: Speaking slowly enables a more accurate match to what is being said verbally and allows others to follow the automatic transcript or subtitles. 

  • Take Turns/Pause Before Speaking: Zoom's active speaker tracking is used to identify the speaker. When another individual begins speaking, it can take a second or two before Zoom updates the transcript to identify the new speaker.

  • Monitor the Participants Panel for the Go Slower function: Zoom's Participants panel displays all attendees and shows any nonverbal feedback the attendees provide. When using automatic live transcription, consider keeping the Participants panel open to see if attendees are indicating they need speakers to Go Slower

go slower nonverbal feedback in zoom