How to Use Google Transcribe [quickly & easily]

Written by   (author of Obvious Conclusions)  |  Date Updated: April 20, 2020

how-to-use-google-transcribeGoogle Transcribe is a new feature of the Google Translate app and, in this post, we’re going to show you how to use Google Transcribe quickly and easily.

As part of our ultimate guide to Google Translate, we introduced this cool new tool that enables real time transcriptions to your language from people who are speaking in another language.

The word transcription for many people calls to mind a time from a by-gone era with a secretary transcribing the words a boss is speaking. Wikipedia defines a transcription service as “a business service which converts speech (either live or recorded) into a written or electronic text document.”

Google Transcribe does exactly this — it converts speech to written text. But the absolutely amazing thing about Google Transcribe is that it converts speech from one language to text in another language in real time automatically.

Five years ago people would have said that this is the stuff of science-fiction. However, as Google pursued the use of artificial intelligence in speech-to-text technology, this ability became a reality and it has seamlessly been incorporated into the Google Translate app.

Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to use.

How to Use Google Transcribe [quickly & easily]

Google Transcribe can be learned very easily. If you’ve ever used an app on your phone, you will be able to use Google Transcribe without any problems.

Let’s take a look at the three basic steps to use Google Transcribe and follow that with a quick how to use Google Transcribe Video so you’ll be up and running in no time.

  1. Step 1: Bring up the Google Translate App.
  2. Step 2: Choose your input and output language.
  3. Step 3: Hit the Transcribe button.

A Quick Google Transcribe Tip

As you see in the video, Google Transcribe translates in real time and the word translations will often change as Google AI is adapting to the context of the sentence or paragraph.

This can be difficult on the eyes so I recommend using the scroll-up feature so that you are always reading information that has already been translated and won’t be changing immediately before your eyes.

Conclusion: Is Transcribe Transcendent?

I’ve always been a fan of amazing technology and, when that technology is truly functional and can improve society, it becomes truly transcendent.

Is Google Transcribe transcendent?

Well, what I love about technologies like this is that they remove the language barrier between people. One of the main uses of Google Transcribe will be to easily digest knowledge from people in another language in real time.

This is certainly a transcendent tool for people in those fields — people who will benefit from acquiring knowledge presented in a language that is not their own.

For the rest of us, Google Transcribe may just be an amazing piece of technology that makes us go “Wow”…and that alone is worth it!

Or is it? Let me know in the comments below and have a great day.

Cheers, Richard

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is a writer, traveler, and web content developer. He creates fun, informative how to articles for this site and exercises his creative writing prerogative at

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