How to Get Transcript of Youtube Video
Claudia Ancuta

Claudia Ancuta

May 16, 2024

How to Get the Transcript of a Youtube Video: May 2024 Guide


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YouTube is packed with amazing video content, but sometimes you need it in text form! Whether you're a creator looking to repurpose a video or a viewer who wants to reference something later, a transcript is the key. Here's how to get them easily.

Why Get YouTube Transcripts?

Include all viewers: Help those with hearing impairments enjoy the video.

SEO: Search engines can 'read' the transcript, boosting your video's visibility.

Quotes & Notes: Extract key information for summaries or social media posts.

Content Repurposing: Turn your video into a blog post or script.

Get YouTube Video Transcripts on Desktop (Fast & Easy!)

Step 1: Open the Video

Go to YouTube in your web browser and search for or navigate to the video you want a transcript of.

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 1: Open the Video

Step 2: Open “More” Description Area

Click the '...more'. It's under the video, to the right.

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 2: Open More

Step 3: Select "Show Transcript"

Click on the show transcript button from the Transcript section.

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 3: Select Show Transcript

Step 4: Choose to toggle timestamps or not

Click on the three dots from top right corner to choose to toggle timestamps or not.

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 4: Choose to toggle timestamps

Step 5: Choose the Language (If Available)

Click the dropdown and select your desired language from the available options. Not all videos offer multilingual transcripts.This depends on whether the video creator enabled them and if YouTube's system could translate them successfully.

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 5: Choose the language
youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 5: Choose the language multiple options

Step 6: Utilize the Transcript

Copy and Paste (But Formatting May Be Messy): Select the desired text, or the part of the video, or the full transcript, copy it, and paste it into a text file editor (like Google Docs or Microsoft Word Document) for further editing or use. 

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 6: Copy the transcript

Transcript of a Youtube Video Example: Copied from YouTube and Pasted into a Google Doc.

youtube video transcript on Desktop - step 6: Paste the transcript into a Google Doc

Get YouTube Video Transcripts on Mobile (But No Copying)

Step 1: Find the Video on YouTube

Open the YouTube app on your mobile device and search for your video.

Step 2: Open the Transcript

Tap the "...More" button under the video title.

youtube video transcript on Mobile - step 2: Open the Transcript

Then select "Show Transcript".   

youtube video transcript on Mobile - step 2: Select Show Transcript

Step 3: Change Language (If Available)

Look for a dropdown menu within the transcript. Select your desired language if there are multiple options. Not all videos have this.

youtube video transcript on Mobile - step 3: Change Language

Step 4: Use the Transcript

Unfortunately, you can't download or copy transcripts directly from the YouTube mobile app. 

Your options are:

Use the transcript within the YouTube app for notes or quotes.

Desktop Access: If you need to edit or save the transcript, you'll need to access the same video from a computer.

Please note: YouTube's auto-generated captions can have errors. For precise transcriptions, consider using a professional transcription service that enables you to upload the YouTube video link, automatically generate a high quality video transcript, customize it as needed, and download it in your preferred format.

Other Simple Ways to Obtain Transcripts of YouTube Videos

Advantages of Using User-Friendly Professional Transcription Software:

  • Speed: Get transcripts in minutes.
  • Accuracy: Often better than YouTube's auto-captions.
  • Editing: Easily fix errors, add formatting, download the transcript in multiple formats etc.

For faster, cleaner transcripts, and more editing power, try these tool:

Vatis Tech: Super accurate, directly uploads your files in the platform using a YouTube link, easy to edit the transcript, labels speakers and differentiates speakers even with background noise, syncs transcript to video.(Free trial)

transcription software Vatis Tech

Vatis Tech is a speech to text transcription software that automatically converts audio to text. Both for real time speech and also for pre-recorded files. You can import audio files from public links such as YouTube, Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram, and more. This is a great way to transcribe audio files that you don't have to download. 


  • 90%+ accurate transcript: near-human precision
  • Directly import audio files from YouTube links. No need to download them first. 
  • Editing the transcripts inside the web app
  • Transcripts are linked to the original media. Simply click on the transcript and hear exactly what was said – no need for full playback!
  • Speaker labels and time stamps. It identifies different speakers in your audio or video files, making it easy to follow the conversation and identify who is speaking and when. 
  • Comes with an AI Assistant that helps you summarize your transcripts, ask questions, and get answers quickly.
  • Cloud-based and accessible anywhere
  • Download transcripts in multiple formats
  • 1 hour Free Trial that comes with every new account 


  • Manual editing may be necessary to achieve 100% accuracy or to tailor the content to your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I open a transcript on YouTube when not available?

Some YouTube videos lack a 'Show Transcript' feature. For these, you can use other transcription softwares.Copy/paste the Youtube link directly in the Vatis Tech’s web app and generate the transcript. You can export your transcript in multiple formats, including TXT, PDF, DOCX, and SRT. 

How can I get transcripts from videos for free?

You have 3 options:

1. If the video is on YouTube you can use YouTube's Built-in Transcripts

Many videos have auto-generated captions. These aren't always perfect, but they're a good starting point. How to Access:

Desktop: Open the video, click the "..." icon under the video, and select "Show Transcript."

Mobile:    Open the video, tap "...More," then "Show Transcript."

Limitations: No direct download. You'll need to copy/paste into a text editor and clean up the formatting.

2. Free Trials of Automatic Transcription Softwares 

Vatis Tech provides a free trial including one hour of transcription. 

3. DIY with a Text Editor

Play the video and type it out yourself. Time-consuming.

Can I edit YouTube's transcript? 

Not directly. You'll need to copy/paste it. 

How do you download a YouTube transcript?

YouTube offers no direct transcript download option. Here's what you can do:

Option 1: Copy & Paste

Desktop: Open the video, access the transcript, copy the text, and paste it into a text editor. Clean up formatting as needed.

Mobile: View the transcript, but you'll need a computer to copy/edit it.

Option 2: Transcription services

Use tools such as Vatis Tech ( to automatically generate transcripts. Simply copy and paste the video link into the web app and you will get the transcript.

Does downloading a video violate YouTube's rules? 

Generally, yes. YouTube's Terms of Service state that you cannot download content unless YouTube specifically provides a download button or link.

YouTube Premium Exception: If you subscribe to YouTube Premium, you can download certain videos, from eligible content creators, for offline viewing within the YouTube app.

Third-Party Tools: Many websites and apps offer YouTube video downloading. Unauthorized distribution of downloaded videos can lead to copyright infringement issues.

How to Find Copyright-Friendly YouTube Videos?

  1. Search for your topic: Use the YouTube search bar.
  2. Apply the Creative Commons Filter: Click "Filters" (top of results page) -> "Creative Commons".
  3. Understand the Terms: You will now be shown Creative Commons Videos on Youtube, BUT these licenses have different rules. Always read the specific license details in the video description.
  4. Learn More About Creative Commons Licenses  

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