Use live captions in a Microsoft Teams meeting

With live captions, Teams can detect what’s said in a meeting and present real-time captions for anyone who wants them.

Note: Live captions are a preview feature in Microsoft Teams (latest update), and they're only available in English (US) and on the Teams desktop app for now. This will hopefully change in future and be available on all platforms.

Live captions saying "Could you please send me the options we are proposing to the client" in a meeting.

Live captions can make your meeting more inclusive to participants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, people with different levels of language proficiency, and participants in loud places by giving them another way to follow along.

Note: Teams does NOT save captions.

Turn captions on and off

To use live captions in a meeting, go to your meeting controls and select More options More options button > Turn on live captions (preview).

The option to turn live captions on in a meeting's call controls

To stop using live captions, go to the meeting controls and select More options More options button > Turn off live captions (preview).

Get the most out of your captions

To make sure your live captions are as accurate as possible, try to follow these best practices:

  • Speak clearly, slowly, and directly into the mic. As your distance from the mic increases, captions may become less accurate.
  • Avoid locations with background noise.
  • Avoid having multiple people speak at the same time.
  • Use the highest-quality Teams-certified equipment available to you.


  • If someone is speaking with an accent, captions may be less accurate.
  • Obscenities will be starred out.
  • Teams may use a meeting's subject, invitation, participant names, and attachments to improve caption accuracy.