How To Do Live Transcription On Zoom

Zoom is a widely used video conferencing tool that enables remote communication among users. A distinguishing feature of Zoom is its live transcription capability during meetings. This functionality is particularly beneficial for those who are deaf or hard of hearing or struggle with comprehending spoken language. In this article, we’ll explore how to activate and utilize live transcription on Zoom.

Enabling Live Transcription

To enable live transcription on Zoom, you need to have a paid account. Once you have a paid account, you can follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Zoom account and go to the “Settings” tab.
  2. Click on “In Meeting (Advanced)” and then select “Closed Captioning.”
  3. Check the box next to “Enable Closed Captioning” and save your changes.

Once you have enabled live transcription, you can use it during any meeting. When you start a meeting, you will see an option to enable closed captioning in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Click on this option, and Zoom will begin transcribing the audio from the meeting in real-time.

Using Live Transcription

When you enable live transcription, Zoom will display a box on your screen that shows the transcribed text. You can adjust the size and position of this box to suit your preferences. Additionally, you can customize the appearance of the text by changing the font size, color, and background color.

If you are using Zoom on a mobile device, you may need to enable live transcription in the settings before it will appear during a meeting. Once you have enabled it, you can access it by tapping on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen and selecting “Closed Captioning.”


Live transcription is an incredibly useful feature for individuals who are hard of hearing or have difficulty understanding spoken language. By enabling live transcription on Zoom, you can ensure that everyone in your meeting can follow along and participate fully. With just a few simple steps, you can enable and use live transcription to make your meetings more inclusive and accessible.