How to View Subtitles/Live Transcription in Zoom

In Zoom meetings and webinars, you have a variety of options for creating subtitles for each speaker, which provides you with subtitles for the spoken exchange within the meeting. This feature can be used to meet attendee accessibility needs or to allow them to easily follow the discussion.

The Zoom meeting features allow users to view manual captions, captions provided by Zoom’s built-in captioning services, or live captions provided automatically through Zoom’s live transcription feature. There is a similar range of options for those providing closed captioning for webinars, although manual closed captioning is only available to the host or a panelist. Subtitles in Zoom Rooms are also available if you select one of these options.

The Host’s Guide provides more details on enabling and using closed captioning and live transcription in the system.

Requirements for showing closed captions in a meeting


  • Zoom desktop client (display captions)
    • For Windows: 3.5.37712.0111 or later
    • For macOS: 3.5.37712.0111 or higher
    • For Linux: 3.5.37712.0111 or higher
  • Zoom mobile app (display captions)
    • For Android: 4.0.21521.0116 or higher
    • For iOS: 4.0.21521.0116 or higher

live transcription

  • Zoom desktop client
    • For Windows: 5.0.2 or higher
    • For macOS: 5.0.2 or higher
  • Mobile Zoom app
    • For Android: 5.0.2 or higher
    • For iOS: 5.0.2 or later

How to view subtitles or live transcription

During a meeting or webinar, you have the option to view them as an attendee, regardless of whether closed captions are available or whether the live transcript is available. This allows you to view the transcripts either during the meeting or in Zoom Rooms.

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During meetings or webinars, participants can view closed captions or live transcripts

  1. To use the Zoom desktop client, you must first log into your account.
  2. This allows you to participate in meetings and webinars.
  3. A notification appears in the meeting controls to indicate that the closed captioning service or live transcription service is available if enabled by the host.
  4. Subtitles are available in some places on this website. To start showing subtitles, click Subtitles.
    To show subtitles for live transcription, you can select the Show Subtitles option in the Live Transcription menu. Depending on the meeting settings, a transcript of the meeting may also appear in the side panel if enabled.

Note: it is possible to move the position of the provided subtitles in the meeting window by clicking and dragging them.

Request the host to enable live transcription

Live transcription is not enabled by default for this meeting, but you would like it enabled. Please contact the meeting host directly to request activation.

  1. Click here to view the live transcript. In order for the live transcription to be activated, you must confirm your request to the host.
  2. If you choose to make an anonymous request, your name will not be associated with that request. A meeting attendee will be notified by the host to enable this feature, but the host has no control over it.
  3. Please click the Inquiry button to confirm. Once the request is approved by the host, live transcription begins.


During meetings or webinars, you can view the subtitles

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client on your computer.
  2. You can join a meeting or webinar.
  3. The host ensures that closed captions are available for the meeting by placing a notification above the closed captions options in the meeting controls.
  4. You can view the subtitles by clicking Subtitles.


  • To move the position of the provided subtitles within the meeting window, simply click and drag them around.
  • Live transcription for Linux is not currently available, but subtitles can be accessed through the operating system.

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During a meeting or webinar, you can see closed captions or a live transcript

  1. Please log in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. Then tap Settings.
  3. Then tap Start Meeting.
  4. Make sure subtitles are enabled.
    You’ll find that in any meeting where closed captioning or live transcription is offered, the transcriptions and captions will automatically appear in the lower left corner of the screen when used.

Request the host to enable live transcription

For those of you who would like live transcription but it is not currently enabled in this meeting without directly interrupting the host, you can ask them to enable it.

  1. Come to one of our meetings or take part in one of our webinars.
  2. Click here to learn more.
  3. Click here to request a live transcription. In order for the live transcription to be activated, you must confirm your request with the host.
  4. If you choose to make this submission anonymous, you can submit this request anonymously by tapping Request Anonymously. It just sends a notification to the meeting host that one of the participants wants to enable this feature.
  5. Tap the Request button to confirm. Live transcription begins as soon as the host approves the request.


View subtitles or live transcription during a meeting or webinar

  1. You can join meetings or webinars with Zoom’s web client.
  2. A notification will appear in the meeting controls to the right of Closed Caption or Live Transcript, indicating the availability of either service if enabled by the host.
  3. Subtitles can be displayed by selecting Subtitles or Live Transcript and then selecting Show Subtitles to begin.
  4. Live transcription is a service where the transcript is automatically displayed once the host starts playing the recording.


Display closed captions during a meeting or webinar

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client on your computer.
  2. You can join a meeting or webinar.
  3. If the host has enabled closed captions in the meeting controls during a meeting, you will receive an informed notification letting you know that closed captions are available during the meeting.
  4. You can start viewing subtitles by clicking Subtitles.

Note: ChromeOS currently comes with subtitles, but live transcription is not available.

How to adjust closed caption size

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  1. You will find the up arrow next to Stop Video / Start Video.
  2. To access the accessibility settings in the video settings, click the Accessibility button.
  3. Subtitle size can be changed by adjusting the slider under Closed Captions.

frequently asked Questions

As one of the options Live Transcript offers, you can receive a copy of the transcript [referred to as CC] If you watch your recorded meeting in the same place you play the recorded meeting if you recorded the meeting in the cloud. For local recordings or unrecorded Zoom sessions, if no recording is taking place during the session, the host has the option to manually save the live transcript for local recording.

The Zoom Settings section is in the In Meeting – Advanced section if you want to give your attendees the ability to save a copy of the live transcript of the call. Saving subtitles can be enabled by enabling the setting in Settings. On the right side of the minutes window that is displayed during a meeting, you will find a “Save Minutes” button that can be used to save the minutes of a meeting.

To get started, you need to sign up for an account on the Zoom website and sign up for an account there. From the menu at the top of the page, click Settings. The Meetings tab appears when you click it. The toggle that appears under the Manual Captions heading below the In Meeting (Advanced) menu allows you to enable or disable manual captions within the tool.

Visit the Zoom website and log in with your Zoom username and password. To search your own audio transcripts, click the Recordings link in the navigation menu. If you are an administrator, click Account Management and then Recording Management. A search box is included in the text field of the audio transcript for those looking for a specific word or phrase.

You can access Settings from the navigation menu by clicking the Settings button. To open the Meetings tab, click on it. If you click the toggle button under In Meeting (Enhanced), you can enable or disable the Save Captions feature.

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