Chrome adds subtitles for video and audio

Google has brought its real time captioning feature, Live Captions, to Chrome, from Pixel phones. The function must be enabled in the settings, but once it is, it works on any audio source in the browser, as it did on Android.

When this option is enabled, live captions automatically appear in a small mobile box at the bottom of your browser when you look or listen to a piece of content where people talk.

When you enable them, Chrome quickly downloads certain speech recognition files, and the captions must appear the next time your browser plays audio where people speak.

Live Captions uses automatic learning to spontaneously create captions for videos or audio recordings where it did not exist before, and make the web more accessible to all those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

But in general, the functionality is as impressive as it was when it first appeared on the Pixel phones in 2019.

Live Captions can be activated in the latest version of Chrome to Settings, then to the section “Advanced”, then “Accessibility”.