How to Disable Live Captions on Google Chrome


Google Chrome’s Live Caption feature comes in handy when you want to better understand videos on the web. However, the closed caption area can take up space on your screen, interrupting your viewing experience.

Even when you’re not watching videos and only listening to songs, the Live Caption box will still work.

So it is better to disable the feature in some scenarios. Let’s learn how to disable it on Google Chrome.

How to Disable Live Captions on Google Chrome

There are two ways to disable Live Caption on Google Chrome. The first step is quite simple and quick.

  1. Go to Chrome settings by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner.
  2. In the left panel, click Advanced > Accessibility.
  3. You will see a new page where you can see the Live Legend setting. If enabled, you will notice that the toggle is blue in color. Slide it back to turn it off.Live Legend

Another way to disable this feature is to use the Global Media Control icon in your Chrome menu bar. You can find it with the music logo and next to your extensions.

  1. Just click on the logo and you will notice the Live Caption option under the song you are currently listening to.
  2. Drag the toggle.Live Caption Icon

How to Disable Live Captions on Mac

You can disable Live Caption on Mac by following these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo.
  2. Go to System Preferences.
  3. Click on Accessibility.
  4. Select the Legends option.
  5. Uncheck the box that says Prefer subtitles and SDH.Mac-Live--Legend

How to Disable Live Caption on Google Chrome on Mobile

If you are on Android or iPhone, you can disable the Live Caption option using several methods.

On Android

You can turn off the feature for most Android phones when you turn down the volume. You can see this option in a box logo with lines inside. However, you may not always see this button under your volume option. In this case, you can disable it from your phone settings. Here is an example of Samsung call.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Then open Hearing enhancements.
  4. Go to Live Legend.
  5. Switch off Use Live Caption.

Please note that some settings may differ depending on your phone brand. For example, we found these settings on a Xiaomi call.

  1. Go to Settings > Additional parameters.Additional parameters
  2. Press on Accessibility.
  3. Then go to Hearing > Legend preferences.Caption-Preferences-mobile

On iPhone

Please follow these settings to disable Live Caption on iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Press on Accessibility.
  3. In the audience section, go to Subtitles/Captions.
  4. Disable the option that says Subtitles + SDH.Legend-Iphone

How to turn off live captions on YouTube

The steps mentioned above to disable Live Caption on Chrome works on most videos on the web. However, this does not work for the exclusive Closed Captions feature on YouTube. So you will also need to turn off subtitles for YouTube.

If a YouTube video has subtitles, you may notice a small “CC” under the title and thumbnail of the video. To turn off the subtitles, simply play the video and hover over the video. Now click on the small logo with CC inside a box. You can find it at the bottom of the video.Youtube caption

How to Customize Live Captions on Chrome

If you want to change how your subtitles look on Chrome, there are a few changes you can make. You can expand the captions and change the font, size, background color, opacity, and even location.

Here’s how you can customize it:

  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner and open Settings.
  2. Go to the Advanced section and click on Accessibility.
  3. Click on Legend preferences. This will open your Windows Settings.Legend-Preferences
  4. Here on Caption Style, you will have five options to change the look of your caption. Click on any and choose your favorite style.
  5. Scroll down to change the caption background.Legend-Background
  6. Additionally, you can scroll again and choose to darken the contents of the window to highlight the captions.

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