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If you're a knowledge worker or creator, you need a transcription app to instantly transcribe your meetings, videos, or podcasts. But if you've ever tried a transcription service, you know they're far from perfect. Some provide inaccurate scripts you have to spend hours cleaning. Some have so many features that you can barely find the transcription. Others are heavy on the pocket.

Things have been getting better with improvements in AI transcription technology, but that also means it's becoming a more saturated category, harder to pick out the right one. 

I spent several weeks evaluating over 65 transcription apps and doing in-depth testing on all the top contenders. These are the AI transcription apps—some for audio and video transcription, some for meeting transcription—that impressed me the most.

Do you need transcription software?

Before we dig into the qualities that make an excellent transcription service, one thing to remember: you might not actually need a transcription service if it's available as a feature in tools you already use. For example:

Adding transcripts to your existing software stack is easier than adding another tool to the mix, so check for a built-in transcription option in your existing apps.

What makes the best transcription software?

I do lots of interviews with subject matter experts. If I had to pause and take notes on what I find interesting every time, I wouldn't be able to focus on the conversation. I also use transcription software on podcasts that I'm using for research. That's all to say, I've spent my share of time with transcription services, and I know what separates the great from the terrible.

Here's what you should look for—and what I was keeping my eye out for while I was testing the apps.

AI transcription : Transcription is moving in the AI-only direction at whip speed. Every app I tested has automated transcription available—it's fast, easy, and convenient. Human transcription is great as an add-on feature—especially for industries with plenty of technical jargon—but I didn't test human-only transcription services.

Value : The price point varies depending on whether it's standard transcription software or largely meeting-focused. Standard transcription services are priced at around $0.25/min, while meeting transcription apps have subscription options hovering just under $20/user/month, depending on the features provided. I was looking for value for the price.

Editing options : It's cumbersome to download a transcript to edit it—especially if you want to collaborate. I looked for apps containing basic editing options within the app—like highlighting, inviting teammates to comment/edit, and adjusting playback speed.

With that, here are my picks for the six best transcription services.

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Sonix, our pick for the best transcription service for accuracy

Sonix pros:

Accuracy and speed of transcription (0 mistakes!)

Customization options

Confidence score

Sonix cons: 

No meeting transcription available in Meet or Teams

AI summaries aren't excellent 

Accuracy isn't the only area Sonix excels in, though: its user experience is beyond ordinary. It has the basics, yes: highlight, custom dictionary, and speaker identification. But it also has a "personalized Sonix editor" where you can choose from various interface, editing, and text options, like auto-pausing while typing, smart capitalization, and auto-saving your edited transcript. I love how breezy it makes the editing process.

Sonix has a Zoom integration to record and transcribe all your meetings, but there's no integration to Google Meet or Microsoft Teams yet. It also launched a feature to provide an AI summary of your transcripts; you can choose from a bulleted list, a text, or even a paragraph summary. But I found the summaries of Sonix were only halfway decent. There are better AI meeting transcription apps if this feature is essential for you. But it'd be good enough for admin needs, like generating podcast episode descriptions.

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Sonix price : Free for 30 minutes; $10/hour (or $5/hour + $22/user/month subscription for teams)

Best transcription service affordable recurring transcriptions

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Rev, our pick for the best transcription service affordable recurring transcriptions

Value for price

Human transcription options

Speed of transcription

Can't add a personal dictionary (except for human transcription)

Not quite as accurate as Sonix (but close)

Another area where Rev shines brighter than Sonix is in its pricing for larger subscription needs. While Sonix charges $22/month for subscriptions and Rev charges $29.99/month, the former also slaps a $5/hour fee in addition to the base fee. This means that for a subscription of 20 hours in one month, Sonix would cost you $122 ($22 base fee + $100 for an hourly fee), while Rev would only cost you only $29.99.

You can't go wrong with Rev if you have recurring transcription needs and don't need the bells and whistles of things like customized editing and AI summaries.

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Rev pricing : Free for 45 minutes; $0.25/min (or $29.99/month for 20 hours of transcription)

Best transcription service for podcast and video editing

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Descript, our pick for the best transcription service for podcast and video editing

Descript pros: 

Seamless podcast and video editing using a transcript

Audio customization options

Overdub feature to clone a voice

Descript cons:

Less accurate than other options

The part where Descript isn't as stellar is in its accuracy. It had a decent number of mistakes compared to other apps I tested, and I've spoken to other users voicing the same complaint. Descript wasn't consistent in its mistakes either—it could detect "Trello," for example, but not "Asana," and speaker identification was also inaccurate a couple of times.

I'd recommend Descript if you have regular podcast or video marketing needs and don't mind cleaning your script a bit manually (or are ok with less-than-perfect transcription). 

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Descript price : Free for 1 hour/month; $15/user/month for 10 hours

Best meeting transcription service for efficient, AI-powered meetings

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Fireflies.ai, our pick for the best meeting transcription service for efficient, AI-powered meetings

Fireflies.ai pros:

Sentiment analysis of meetings

Accurate and detailed meeting summaries

Built-in AI chatbot to get answers about the meeting

Fireflies.ai cons:

Speed (much slower than other options; took 10 minutes)

Many AI features only available on paid plans

For starters, you can create soundbites of meeting clips to share only a segment of the meeting with your colleague. I also found the sentiment analysis feature (which uses natural language processing to detect the tone of transcripts) pretty useful. It wasn't wishy-washy or inaccurate for the audio I uploaded. The AI summary was also detailed enough to be emailed back to clients as call notes or to coworkers as updates—although sometimes I found it to be a bit too long.

I also loved the "Ask Fred" feature—it's the ChatGPT for your meetings. Ask questions about the meeting, such as, "What did the customer say about feature X?" and Fred will scour the meeting data to provide accurate answers. I used it to write a follow-up email based on the meeting, and it was pretty good. It certainly needs some tweaking—in my case, the follow-up email was dry and corporate-sounding. Still, it's a huge time-saver.

I liked that the organization system in Fireflies.ai is similar to Slack. Create channels, and organize your meetings however you want. There's also a "topic tracker" feature to check for common subjects in your meetings and a search option to type and search for keywords in the transcript.

The drawbacks are that most useful AI features—even smart search—aren't available in the free plan. Another disadvantage is Fireflies.ai takes its sweet time transcribing your meetings—ten minutes doesn't sound like a lot, but other apps had the transcription available immediately after the call ended.

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Fireflies.ai price : Free for 800 minutes of storage/seat with limited transcription credits; from $18/seat/month for 50 hours of transcription

Best meeting transcription service for grabbing audio clips from your meetings

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Grain, our pick for the best meeting transcription service for grabbing audio clips from your meetings

Grain pros:

Accuracy and speed (transcript was available immediately after the call)

Ease of clipping audio

Time-stamped notes feature

Grain cons:

Price (slightly more expensive)

Fireflies.ai has a similar feature called "Soundbites," but I found Grain much more intuitive and smoother for this particular functionality. In Grain, you can even create these clips while you're on the call with the click of a button—which isn't possible in Fireflies.ai.

Another feature I love in Grain is taking time-stamped notes. This allows you to jot down your thoughts as they come to you. You can even invite your team members to collaborate on this note-taking, which is great for when you're training new employees and want to share an internal note while on customer calls.

Grain also creates decent AI summaries of your calls. Or you can click on just a particular segment, say two paragraphs, and have Grain summarize only that bit for you.

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Grain price : Free for 20 meetings/member with a maximum of 5 seats; from $19/seat/month for paid features

Best meeting transcription service for getting useful AI meeting insights

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MeetGeek, our pick for the best meeting transcription service for getting useful AI meeting insights

MeetGeek pros:

Detailed meeting insights

Over 40 KPIs for meeting analysis

MeetGeek cons:

Need to upgrade to Business plan to create a new metric (using a template)

It has all the basic transcription requirements covered: it's accurate enough (misses brand names sometimes), provides an AI summary, and enables you to create shareable clips from the call.

Beyond the basics, it analyzes your meetings for call sentiment, participant involvement, punctuality, and 40 other KPIs. Based on these metrics, it gives your meetings an overall score and creates a word cloud of your call content. For the meeting I tested it for, it was pretty accurate in identifying all the KPIs correctly. I would've loved it if there was an option to create personalized KPIs too, based on my meeting goals and what I care to track. I can customize the weight given to each metric, but creating a new metric isn't an available option.

You can create custom KPIs on the Business plan using meeting templates, though. For example, if you have a meeting template to keep your quarterly all-hands presentation on track, you can create custom meeting insight KPIs for that meeting type.

MeetGeek price : Free for 5 hours of transcription/month; starts at $15/user/month

What about Otter?

So if you don't care about AI insights or you need a dictation option, Otter might be a better choice for you. (Just be ready to pay double the price if you choose a monthly subscription option.)

What about OpenAI's Whisper?

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You can even use Zapier and Whisper to translate audio files from one language to another.

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Which transcription service should you use?

To be honest, most good transcription apps are indistinguishable when it comes to the transcript itself—many of them use the same technologies to get the job done. So my advice is to evaluate these apps on the additional features that might help you. For example, are you looking for insights into your meetings? Or is sharing clips more important? Do you want to edit videos using a transcript? Or do you need something that works instantly?

All of these transcription apps have a free trial, so give a few of them a spin, and see how they stack up for you.

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This article was originally published in May 2018 and has had contributions from Melanie Pinola, Ryan Law, and Matthew Guay. The most recent update was in May 2023.

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Rochi is a freelance writer for B2B SaaS companies in marketing, productivity, HR, and eCommerce. When she's not writing, you can find her engrossed in a fiction book or contemplating a Mary Oliver poem. Learn more at rochizalani.com

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Whether you have audio files to transcribe daily or only occasionally, our list of the top transcription services will help you pick the right one.

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GoTranscript

Rev

TranscribeMe

Trint

Legal professionals, journalists, health care workers, and plenty of others record audio of people speaking and need to have it typed up and put into a document. Doing that work yourself is tedious, especially since transcription services can do it for you. Transcription services come in two varieties: automated and human-made.

Automated transcriptions, also sometimes called machine-generated or AI transcriptions, are cheap and fast to make. They're usually also riddled with mistaken words, a lack of punctuation, and other errors that you need to correct. Human-generated transcriptions are typically extremely accurate but cost more and take longer to produce. Both types of transcription have pros and cons, and some companies offer both, letting you choose what you need based on the audio file you have.

Here, we list the best transcription services based on our hands-on testing. We evaluate services based on accuracy, ease of use, and price. Read on after the product summaries to find more information on what to look for in a transcription service and some details on how they work.

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Otter has long been popular for its generous free plan. It's less enticing than it once was, but you still get a good amount of free: 300 live transcription minutes per month and three prerecorded audio or video files for transcription per lifetime , and each transcription session can only be 30 minutes. If you like Otter and want more bandwidth, you can subscribe to a paid plan, starting at $16.99 per month or $120 per year. Pro includes 1,200 minutes per month for live transcriptions. All transcriptions can be for audio files up to 90 minutes. And you get to upload and transcribe 10 prerecorded files per month.

Who It's For 

Otter is for people who need automated, rather than human, transcription. Otter makes the most sense for anyone who regularly transcribes a few files but typically does not have a large volume of work for transcription.

  • Best live editing of any transcription service tested
  • Integrates easily with video conferencing apps
  • Generous free plan for live audio transcription
  • Well-designed mobile apps
  • AI-generated transcripts have more errors than human-made ones
  • No option for human transcription
  • Only works for English and struggles with accents

GoTranscript is among the best online transcription services for accurate, affordable, human-made transcriptions. It also markets to specific sectors, such as the legal, education, and medical fields, making it excellent for specialty transcription work. Recently, the company also started offering machine-automated transcriptions, but these aren't as impressive as the work its human staff produces.

Who It's For

GoTranscript is best for users who need highly accurate human transcriptions at the lowest possible price.

  • Incredibly accurate human transcriptions
  • Great website
  • Many languages supported
  • Industry-specific transcriptionists available
  • Low-quality automated transcription service
  • Mobile app has limited functionality
  • No ability to integrate with video conferencing software

Why We Picked It 

Rev is our top choice transcription service for when you want to be able to choose whether a particular file needs a human transcriptionist or a machine to do the work. Turnaround is fast, and rates are competitive. Rev also has a great collaborative web space for teams to work together on projects. Rev also now offers captioning for videos.

Rev is best for professionals who use a transcription service regularly. A subscription costs $29.99 per month and includes 1,200 minutes of auto-transcription per month and unlimited transcriptions from Zoom calls. Note that you do not get any human-generated transcription for this price; you only get automated transcription. For à la carte services, prices start at 25 cents per audio minute for automated transcriptions and $1.50 per minute for human-generated transcriptions and captions. For customers who need a lot of audio transcribed, Rev has large-volume packages with custom pricing.

  • Options for human-made or AI-generated transcriptions, subtitles, and captions
  • Fast turnaround
  • Good collaboration tools for teams
  • Well-designed web interface
  • Clunky mobile apps
  • High monthly fee
  • Can't edit or add comments to live transcription

While Scribie doesn't have as many features as Rev, it does have low prices for accurate and reliable transcriptions. Scribie doesn't have a mobile app, and its website is a bit clunky, but its prices are tough to beat. It also has a subscription plan that knocks off a few more pennies per audio minute, which makes sense for high-volume users.

Scribie is a decent and affordable transcription option for people who need quality transcriptions with a short turnaround time. Scribie is best for users who do not need a large volume of transcription and don’t require mobile apps or an advanced web-based editor.

  • Nearly flawless transcriptions
  • Competitive pricing
  • Easy-to-use online editing software
  • No mobile app
  • Confusing web interface
  • No longer offers AI transcription

TranscribeMe offers affordable, automated transcriptions with the option to pay more for human transcriptions. It also provides harder-to-find services, such as data annotation for transcripts.

TranscribeMe is best for customers who need low-cost automated transcription or some of its specialized services, such as data annotation or transcription and translation in languages other than English.

  • Inexpensive
  • Can upgrade from machine to human transcription
  • Works with several languages
  • Specializes in multiple industries like legal and medical fields
  • Human transcriptions can take up to five days to complete
  • Lacks a team workspace
  • Pricing isn't transparent, and order form needs improvement

Trint is an online transcription service designed with the media in mind. You upload audio or video files to this web-based service, and Trint sends you back either machine-generated text transcripts or captions. It also has a unique ability: Team members can clip and merge various audio files, as well as collaborative editing them. Trint is a good, if pricey, choice for people who work in media, be it podcasting, scripting, or print.

Trint isn't for most people, but it is the clear choice for those who are building a platform or business using mostly video or audio content.

  • Straightforward and easy to use
  • Supports collaboration
  • Can translate to multiple languages
  • Can't record live audio from a laptop or desktop
  • Expensive and requires a subscription
  • No option for human transcriptions
  • Doesn't support multi-factor authentication

Buying Guide: The Best Transcription Services for 2024

Automated vs. human transcriptions: what's the difference.

Automated transcription services use automatic speech recognition to transcribe an audio file into text. Two primary benefits of using automation are that it's fast and it's cheap.

Services that offer automated transcription sometimes include extra features that may not be free in a human-generated transcript, such as time stamps and basic speaker identification (for example, Speaker 1, Speaker 2). The downside of automated transcription is that it's far less accurate than when a human does the job.

Automated transcription services often include access to document-editing software that lets you clean up the text. If you see an error in the document, click on the time-stamped section to listen to the words and transcribe that portion on your own.

Rev, Otter, GoTranscript, Scribie, TranscribeMe, Trint, and Temi (which didn't score high enough to be included in this list of the best transcription services) all offer automated transcription services. Rev, GoTranscript, Scribie, and TranscribeMe also offer human-powered services.

Transcriptions made by humans are highly accurate, but they're also pricier and typically require a longer turnaround time, though you can pay extra if you need a rush order.

Human-generated transcription services use trained transcriptionists—often more than one—to complete the work. When a transcription job is given to more than one transcriptionist, it means no one person has access to your entire audio recording, which is usually seen as being good for privacy. Employees and contractors sometimes sign non-disclosure agreements to become transcriptionists as well. When you choose human-generated transcripts, you can sometimes pay to get transcriptionists who are educated in a particular industry's jargon, such as legal or medical terms. 

Using human-powered transcription may introduce privacy concerns. In testing and reviewing transcription services, we look at the conditions under which a company says it will comply with law enforcement and hand over any user data. You can read the details in the review of each service. All services that made this list of the best transcription services operate under strict nondisclosure policies and let you remove your files from their servers at any time.

How Much Do Transcription Services Cost?

Many transcription services charge on a per-minute basis. For example, a 30-minute transcription at $1 per minute would cost $30. Costs can add up quickly, and some services bill extra for a faster turnaround time, verbatim files (meaning they include all the "ums" and "ahs"), or if the audio is of poor quality. If you find yourself transcribing audio and video files often, a subscription-based service, such as those offered by Otter and Trint, might be the best value for you. Increasingly, video editing software now has automated captioning, too, so if you use one you might want to first check if it's included.

As you might guess, the amount of time it takes to turn around a file usually depends on its length. Automated services can typically process a file in a matter of minutes. Human-powered services take quite a bit longer, and you may have to pay for faster delivery speeds. Rev is simple in that it promises to return your file (in most cases) in a 12-hour timeframe. GoTranscript's slowest option (five days) is also its cheapest.

How to Get the Most Accurate Transcription

One of the most important things you can do to ensure an accurate transcription is to capture a high-quality recording of a conversation or interview in the first place. It is vital that your subjects are close to the recording device and speak in loud, clear voices. When you have multiple speakers, participants should speak one at a time to avoid interference. Most services have a note in their documentation saying that speakers with heavy accents can pose some issues, though there's not much you can do to avoid it. Audio editing software such as the free Audacity can clear up some issues, but it can't perform miracles. In-person recordings also produce better results than recordings of phone calls.

In general, automated services are useful only if the audio recording is on the simple side and you don't need perfectly accurate results. They're fine for personal voice memos and similar applications but not for a professional setting.

How to Edit a Transcription

Most people need to correct some parts of their transcript once they receive it. When you log into your transcription service, you get an editing program where you can listen to the audio recording again while looking at the typed transcript so that you can make changes easily. The setup of having audio playback right in the editing program is convenient.

Some editing interfaces include tools for highlighting selected parts of a transcript or editing the start time of the recording. Playback speeds and quick rewind buttons (all controllable via keyboard shortcuts) are also fairly standard. GoTranscript is notably the only service that does not offer an online editor. Your only option is to edit the exported transcript after GoTranscript completes a job.

The Best Transcription Apps

Many of the transcription services we reviewed, including GoTranscript, Otter, and Rev, also offer mobile apps in addition to their web dashboards. Most offer both Android apps and iPhone apps . For the most part, these apps function as digital voice recorders, though you can also order transcripts of your recordings directly from your mobile device. The drawback is that you can't import audio files or links the way that you can via their websites. Many let you view the completed transcript directly on your device. Otter goes one step further than the others by giving you excellent organizational features and the ability to edit transcripts on the go.

Human vs. Automated Transcription

There are alternatives if you want to avoid transcription services entirely—for privacy reasons or to save on costs. For doing your own manual transcription, Transcribe is a great option at only $20 per year. It lets you listen to an audio recording while you type, with built-in keyboard shortcuts and useful playback modes that reduce the number of times you need to pause and rewind. Another option is oTranscribe . It works similarly to Transcribe, but it's free.

If you're a paying Microsoft 365 subscriber, you can use Word's Transcribe feature from the Home > Dictate dropdown menu. You can record in real-time inside Word or upload audio files to its online automated transcription service. Transcribe for Word doesn't cost any extra.

Google Docs may be the best solution for those who don't want to spend any money. With Google Docs, you can use the voice typing feature, which is nothing more than a speech-to-text tool, to put words down on the page. It's often quicker than typing everything out. Some people listen to a prerecorded audio file on headphones and then speak the same lines aloud to a speech-to-text tool, which works better than playing the audio directly into a microphone, but it's still cumbersome and takes time.

Ultimately, any transcription method or service you choose is better than simply letting your recordings go to waste. Yes, transcribing can be a hassle, and some services are costly, but the value of accurate and usable transcripts far outweighs these annoyances. At least one of the services named above should suit your needs. Make sure to read our full reviews for help picking the right one.

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Best Transcription Services: Top 5 Options in 2024

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Updated: February 6, 2024

Transcribing speech is important for accessibility, keeping records, and sharing content. Whether you need to ink a press release after a conference or you simply want subtitles for your videos, using transcription services helps you avoid the grueling task of manually converting audio into readable text.

Our carefully curated list of the best transcription services is based on our extensive experience and includes both AI-options and those that employ human transcriptionists.

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GoTranscript

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Transcription accuracy:

Turnaround time:

Additional features:

  • ⦿ API integrations
  • ⦿ STEM transcriptions
  • ⦿ High accuracy rates

GoTranscript is a UK-based company established in 2006. Since then, it’s transcribed more than 144 million minutes of content and acquired big names such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, and the University of Cambridge as its customers.

GoTranscript supports more than 50 languages and offers video and audio transcriptions, translations, subtitling, and closed captioning services. It’s one of the best transcription services for dissertations, as it can handle complex STEM academic and technical papers.

Type of Software

GoTranscript is a 100% human-powered transcription service that refuses to use automated programs, arguing that the latter fails to meet the company’s high standards. GoTranscript prides itself on its level of professionalism and a noticeable human touch on each document. Even though they do employ proprietary tools to help each transcriptionist work faster and yield more accurate results, they claim every word is typed by native speakers.

Transcription Accuracy

GoTranscript boasts a guaranteed 99% accuracy rate for all its transcripts, including audio files with hard-to-understand accents. Positive online reviews of its transcription services only serve to confirm the high level of quality. This is achieved through a multi-step process. First, files are divided into sections and transcribed. Next, they’re reviewed and proofread by professionals. Finally, a quality check is conducted to ensure 99% accuracy.

Even though many companies simply reject low-quality recordings, GoTranscript accepts them for a slightly higher fee while ensuring a high accuracy rate. And the best part is – all of the transcripts are clean verbatim by default.

Turnaround Time

The company can deliver files in as little as six hours or within several days. The price of the audio and video transcribing services depends on the time frame you choose. The team works round the clock, and if you choose Express delivery, you can expect your transcript within six to 12 hours. Of course, more complicated recordings and longer ones might take more time.

Here’s the good news – GoTranscript has lots of free stuff. There is a free trial for orders of up to $10. Also, the company offers a 20% discount for students as serving the academic community is an important part of its mission. We loved the Customer Loyalty program that provides 5%, 10%, and 15% discounts based on the minutes you upload.

On the flip side, GoTranscript isn’t one of the top transcribing websites when it comes to pricing transparency, as there are hidden costs, and the fees can add up quickly. Depending on the turnaround time, the prices range from $0.90 to $2.5 per minute. Also, when you access the calculator, you’ll see that extras such as full verbatim come with additional fees, and prices vary depending on the length of the recording and timestamping options.

There are numerous tools that the software provides for its users to improve the quality of transcripts. First, there’s a basic editor that lacks advanced functions such as spellcheck or manual timestamp but does the job fairly well.

Those who use GoTranscript’s digital transcription services can also use a US-to-UK converter, subtitle converter, API integrations, YouTube downloader, and more. We loved the Android and iOS mobile app that works as a digital recorder, an audio library, and a place for ordering transcripts. Finally, the website uses 2048-bit SSL encryption, and all the translators have to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Audext

Audext Review

  • ⦿ 60+ languages supported for transcribing
  • ⦿ Affordable and cost-effective plans
  • ⦿ Speaker identification

Audext provides its audio-to-text transcription services in over 60 languages, making it an ideal platform for international businesses. The user-friendly software allows you to easily import and export files and edit text in real time. If you need near-perfect accuracy, you can opt for human transcription.

Audext offers two types of transcription services – professional and automatic. Professional transcription is performed entirely by native speakers, while the automatic one is AI-powered. The automatic transcription software enables its users to transcribe their audio files by combining a media player and a text editor.

The platform employs TLS encryption to ensure maximum security. For additional protection, it has a firewall system in place. While data security breaches are always technically possible, it appears this company has done its best to provide a secure platform to its users.

The transcription accuracy of this transcription service provider depends on the type of transcription you choose. If you opt for human-based transcription, you can expect an accuracy of as much as 99%.

Naturally, automatic transcription is less precise – the Audext transcription software’s accuracy rate is 80%. Therefore, this type of transcription is suitable for clear audio files without background noise.

The Audext app is undeniably one of the best transcribing software solutions, partially owing to its fast turnaround times. It can transcribe one hour of audio within 10 minutes. On the other hand, professional transcribers can deliver transcribed audio within one to three days, which is in line with the industry standard.

When it comes to Audext’s automated transcription service, there are three pricing tiers: Classic, Subscription, and Enterprise. With the Classic option, there are no monthly costs, and you receive 30 free-trial minutes for seven days. Each next hour will cost you $12.

The Subscription plan retails at $30 a month. This offer gives you 30 free-trial minutes and two hours of transcription, with each following hour costing $5.

The Enterprise plan is suitable for businesses that need to transcribe vast amounts of audio files. The tier includes 30 free-trial minutes, over five hours of transcription, and a range of discounts. To get your custom price for each next hour, you need to contact the company. All three plans include free editing and sharing and 24/7 support.

If you opt for manual transcription, you’ll be charged $1.20 per minute. Timestamps, speaker identification, and accent identification are included in the price. If you need the audio transcribed verbatim, you’ll need to cash out an additional $0.50 per minute. The same goes for noisy audio.

Audext can provide transcripts in more than 60 languages. The platform is very elegant and easy to navigate. The stand-out features are speaker identification, timestamping, and an internal editor.

All in all, with Audext’s human transcribers, you get spot-on accuracy, while the AI-based transcription software enables you to generate text from audio files within minutes. Both options are quite affordable with high-quality service, making this a top-notch transcribing website.

Trint

Trint Review

  • ⦿ Multilanguage transcriptions
  • ⦿ Real-time AI transcription
  • ⦿ Vast integration selection

Trint is a UK-based company founded in 2014. What started as an idea to alleviate the pain of transcribing has grown into a business with more than a hundred employees currently working from its headquarters in the UK and Canada.

Trint is one of the top automated transcription services on our list. It’s proud to offer some of the best turnaround times on the market, an excellent selection of integrations, and 34 transcription languages.

Trint is a fully automated, AI-powered transcription service, which explains its excellent speed. You will be able to transcribe any video or audio file in no time using this service. From there, it will help you create content that is easily edited, collaborated on, and published online.

This software will accept several file types – .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .wma, .avi, and .mov, among many others – and export the transcription in some of the most popular formats –  as a Word document or CSV file, for example.

Trint’s AI transcription services boast 99% accuracy. However, since there are no human transcription options to keep the program in check, we’re a bit skeptical about this percentage. On the plus side, you will see your transcript within the Trint editor, so you or your team members can polish it up quickly.

So, if your team wastes time transcribing video or audio material, or spends hours searching for information hidden within recordings, Trint could be the solution: It can automate a large chunk of the process and leave your team with transcripts that just need a slight touch-up.

Turnaround Times

Trint’s real-time online transcription services will provide you with a live transcript in a matter of seconds, and you can rely on its editor to improve things on the spot. Trint takes the cake with its real-time transcription you can follow and edit while listening to the recording or video simultaneously.

Considering how many work hours this software saves, it is quite affordable. It has three plans for teams that could be paid monthly or annually – the annual prices have a 20% discount.

The cheapest plan, called Starter, will cost the team $40 per month. This affordable transcription services plan includes up to three users and seven monthly transcriptions. The next tier, Advanced, costs $48 per month, includes up to fifteen users and allows unlimited transcriptions. The highest level, Enterprise, includes unlimited users, and its price is custom-made in collaboration with Trint’s support team.

On top of the excellent features we’ve mentioned above, this software has other qualities which have helped it land on our best online transcription service list. Not only can it transcribe the files you upload, but it can also capture recordings from Zoom and its iOS app, which is an easy way to take meeting notes for teams conferencing daily.

You can also effortlessly search through, comment on, and share particular transcripts with the whole team. It also offers excellent collaboration tools, with the highest tier including workflows, analytics, reporting, and additional security options, such as single sign-on and security reviews.

Rev

  • ⦿ Fast turnaround
  • ⦿ Excellent editor tool
  • ⦿ Subtitles

Rev is a reputable speech-to-text company founded in 2010 and based in both San Francisco and Austin. The company boasts more than 170,000 customers across multiple industries, including numerous universities, media organizations, as well as legal and marketing companies.

Rev employs a community of some 60,000 speech-to-text freelancers who assist the automatic solutions. In addition to captions and subtitles, this online transcription service also provides translations and foreign subtitles for all audio and video types. Moreover, it provides automatic live captions for Zoom.

Software Type

Rev is unique because the company blends the services of human transcriptionists with the AI-based automatic speech recognition software. Rev employs professionals who are able to deal with challenging recordings with different accents and even foreign languages.

At the same time, the software can transcribe shorter and less demanding audio and video recordings with a low error rate. Customers can choose between the two types of voice transcription services depending on the task that needs to be done.

Since Rev offers human and AI-based transcribing, the accuracy rates vary. If you want native English-speaking professionals to do the job, the company guarantees at least 99% accuracy for clear audio files. At the same time, they cannot vouch for recordings transcribed by automatic speech recognition software. Their rough automated speech-to-text transcriptions promise at least 80% accuracy, provided that the recordings are clear.

Another important factor to consider when assessing these types of companies is the time they need to deliver the transcript. For professional transcribing performed by freelancers, you’ll have to wait up to 12 hours for them to finish your text.

If you need your recordings to be delivered faster, Rev offers Rush transcripts that are completed much faster or within a maximum of four hours for files shorter than 30 minutes. Should you need faster turnaround times, you can go with AI-based solutions that get the job done in less than five minutes.

Rev is very straightforward when it comes to costs, offering clear and affordable pricing plans. Even though there isn’t a free trial option or a monthly subscription with a reduced price, the costs are reasonable. Rev’s human-powered audio transcription services cost $1.25 for one minute of uploaded audio or video files.

If you’d like to add timestamps for every 30 seconds or verbatim transcriptions, it’ll cost an additional $0.25 each. Meanwhile, automated speech-to-text transcription also costs $0.25 per minute. Foreign subtitles are $3 to $7 per minute, and live captions for Zoom are $25 per host. There’s a helpful calculator on the website to help you get an estimate of the price.

Rev is perhaps best known for its advanced editor tool, which has a clean interface, numerous editing options such as highlights and strikethroughs, timestamps, and an embedded media player with read-along tracking.

As one of the best human transcription services, Rev is able to capture every syllable and filler word. It supports Dropbox and Google Drive integrations and has handy mobile apps for Android and iOS devices with a voice recorder app and a free iPhone call recorder. Finally, system security is maintained through TLS protocol 1.2 or later, and all professional transcriptionists sign strict confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

Fiverr

Fiverr Review

  • ⦿ Almost 15,000 freelancer transcribers
  • ⦿ Affordable options
  • ⦿ User-friendly platform

Although not technically a transcription service provider, Fiverr is a platform where you can find freelance audio transcribers. There are over 3 million Fiverr freelancers, out of whom almost 15,000 offer audio and video transcription services.

Since Fiverr is a platform where you can choose from a pool of freelancers to hire, there is no software you can use to ​​transcribe audio to text. Instead, your audio or video will be manually transcribed by transcribers.

This can be a perk, given that the prices are generally lower, while human-based transcriptions tend to be more accurate, although this depends on the freelancer you choose.

Transcription accuracy on Fiverr can vary, given that the platform is open to any freelancer who would like to join. However, generally speaking, you can expect higher accuracy because all the work is conducted by humans rather than digital transcriber software.

Although virtually all freelance transcribers claim they can provide high accuracy, it’s recommended that you carefully read the reviews before you take your pick.

Transcription turnaround times on Fiverr can be quite quick, although it varies from freelancer to freelancer. Generally speaking, you can expect one hour of audio transcription to be delivered within two days.

Fiverr is not a platform for you if you are looking for free transcription software. But if you’re looking for human transcriptionists, prices for converting audio and video files to text can be surprisingly low, starting at just $5.

For example, one freelancer offers transcription of up to 20 minutes of audio for that price. This falls under that freelancer’s Basic package. The same freelancer’s Standard package costs $15 and covers up to 60 minutes of audio, while the Premium tier would set you back $30, with up to 90 minutes of audio transcribed.

On the other hand, a slightly more expensive transcription service provider’s pricing starts at $25 for the Basic package. This plan includes a verbatim transcription of 30 minutes of audio or video with up to two speakers. The proofread text is sent to the customer in Microsoft Word and PDF with timestamps.

If you opt for the Standard plan, you’ll have to cash out $50. It includes everything the previous package does, but you’ll get 60 minutes of your file transcribed. If you opt for either of these two plans, you’ll receive your transcript in just one day.

Finally, the Premium plan with this freelancer costs $80 for 120 minutes of audio or video file. The difference is that the file can have up to three speakers, and the text document will be delivered within two days. However, you can pay an additional $5 to receive it in one day.

Fiverr transcribers typically offer human-based transcription of audio and video files with up to two or three speakers. Most of them will leave timestamps in their transcripts and proofread the text. In many cases, you can get verbatim transcription.

Some freelancers offer transcription solely for specific types of audio and video files, such as legal files. The main language you will find transcribers for is English. However, some offer transcriptions in other languages, most commonly Spanish and German.

Scribie

Scribie Review

  • ⦿ Affordable
  • ⦿ Progress tracking feature
  • ⦿ Fast turnaround times

Founded in 2008, Scribie is a transcription service based in San Francisco. The company has a lot of experience in the field, with more than 6 million minutes of transcribed audio to date,  affordable prices, and a capable online editor. Scribie is one of the top transcribing companies that offers audio and video transcriptions for interviews, podcasts, lectures, conference calls, etc. However, it doesn’t provide foreign subtitles or live Zoom transcriptions.

Like Rev, Scribie combines automated transcriptions with almost 40,000 certified transcribers. This means that there are two basic types of transcriptions, automatic and manual, and the prices, turnaround times, and accuracy rates depend on what customers choose. During our testing, we had issues with the uploading process as Scribie tends to reject accented audio files.

Scribie is one of the top transcription websites when it comes to accuracy rates. The company claims to offer 99% accuracy but only for clear recordings with native accents. If you’d like to get all syllables, nuances, and filler words transcribed, it offers verbatim transcriptions for an additional price.

When it comes to automatic transcriptions, you can count on around 95% accuracy with American speakers and clean audio. The accuracy rate drops to around 80% with accented speakers and poorer audio quality, including any kind of distortions and ambient noises.

Turnaround time is one of Sribie’s strong suits. The company guarantees you’ll get your files within 24 hours (files shorter than three hours) for audio and video transcription services by human transcriptionists. If you need things done quicker, you can go for a rush order. AI transcripts are delivered in 30 minutes, provided they are shorter than two hours. For longer content, you’ll have to wait around two hours.

Not too long ago, Scribie was best known for its free version and highly affordable pricing plans. Unfortunately, the free plan is no longer available, and prices have gone up a bit. But this is still one of the most affordable options on the market.

Manually-transcribed audio files cost $0.80 per minute, with the option to add extras. For example, you can request strict verbatim transcriptions for $0.50 per minute. Scribie charges only $0.10 per minute for automatic transcriptions, with a minimum charge of $1 per file. These prices place it among cheap transcription services. That said, there are additional fees ($0.50 per minute each) for recordings with poor audio and accented speakers.

Scribie’s Integrated Editor is an excellent addition to the basic features and enables you to quickly and effortlessly check the transcript against the audio file to assess its accuracy. In case you aren’t satisfied with the quality, the company offers free re-reviews. Scribie also provides audio time-coding before each paragraph and video time-coding for additional fees.

Other features include speaker tracking, verbatim transcriptions, and a unique Transcription Progress Tracking feature. A confidentiality clause is included in the contracts of all voice transcriptionists, and the website uses industry-standard 256-bit SSL encryption to protect the traffic between servers and browsers.

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The California-based Otter is an AI-backed service that develops speech-to-text transcription and translation applications. It’s the best free transcription service for fast, automated, and simple tasks. The company recently launched its new Otter 2.0. with improved collaborations, functionality, and productivity. You can record your conversations, get real-time streaming transcripts, and share or export voice notes across all devices.

Unlike the previous companies we’ve reviewed, Otter is a fully AI-powered assistant. It employs natural language processing technology with the speaker identification algorithm. Otter can recognize your voiceprint, jargon, and names, and its technology is more advanced than the rest of the AI-powered options we’ve seen so far.

This digital transcriber software doesn’t state its accuracy rate, but in our tests, it didn’t manage to transcribe filler words, had trouble identifying speakers, and produced quite a few errors. It’s hard to quantify, but we’d say the accuracy rate is below 80%. It performed much worse when dealing with low-quality recordings, and we’d recommend it for not-so-demanding transcribing jobs.

Turnaround times depend on the duration of the recording or file, the number of speakers, how active the Otter service is, and pricing plans. With the Basic subscription, you’ll get your transcripts delivered in 30 minutes. Pro, Business, and Enterprise tiers provide the results within four hours.

This is one of the best online transcription services when it comes to pricing. Otter offers a completely free Basic plan for individual users. It allows for recording and transcribing in real time and includes some basic features such as highlighting and inserting comments for up to 600 minutes of recordings per month.

The Pro plan costs $8.33 per month and includes basic features with 200 names and 200 terms in the custom vocabulary section and a transcription quota of 6000 minutes. The business plan is $20 per user per month and incorporates Otter Assistant with additional terms and security features. Large organizations that require a license for at least 100 users can go for the Enterprise Plan and contact the sales team for custom prices.

Our transcribing software reviews have thus far highlighted the importance of having a built-in editor. Otter’s editor employs machine learning and learns from corrections in an effort to improve the accuracy of future conversations.

With the Custom Vocabulary feature, you can actually teach Otter’s AI to recognize names, terms, and acronyms. A unique addition to the company’s services is Otter Assistant that can automatically join any Zoom meeting to record, transcribe, and share meeting notes for you.

Additionally, there is a quality mobile app for Android and iOS, which takes meeting notes for you in real time and records and transcribes interviews, lectures, podcasts, influencer campaigns , and webinars.

Since this is one of the best free transcription services, it adheres to a strict privacy policy. However, only Business and Enterprise users in the US and Canada can utilize two-factor authentication. For everyone else, the company uses TLS encryption and AES-256 encryption for real-time content.

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We’ve tested the transcription software based on several essential parameters. Below are the methods we’ve used for determining the quality of the services that the transcription companies offer.

Most people who seek assistance from transcription services are looking to outsource the labor-intensive task of converting audio into text. Those who aren’t too concerned about potential errors can turn to AI-based services. AI technology is becoming more advanced by the day, and the accuracy of these services is improving.

Another option is employing human transcription services. Users usually decide to go for this option if they need to transcribe videos with accented speakers and those with speech impediments or if the recording has plenty of background noise. Even though more expensive and slower than AI-based ones, human-powered services are more accurate.

In other words, if time is of the essence, AI speech-to-text software is a better option – it’s mostly used by journalists, podcasters, or students. On the other hand, if your main goals are fewer errors and texts that don’t require much editing, go for human transcriptionists. This is usually the first choice for market research or video production companies , as well as educational and legal institutions. On the downside, it comes with privacy concerns.

The best transcription service companies promise high accuracy and readability when transcribing audio or video files. Most of the companies provide between 80% and 99% accuracy. AI services usually have lower accuracy and readability rates, while human-powered options are more accurate. We’ve tested the level of accuracy and checked the samples for grammar and spelling slips.

We’ve also evaluated the ability of the services to recognize nuances in the languages and support non-verbal and complicated audio. If speakers have different accents or use non-standard jargon, AI transcription services might prove insufficient. Also, background noises can make it difficult to decipher the audio, and texts tend to be less accurate. Some of the best audio transcription services even emphasize that they offer transcriptions for multiple languages and accents, while others state explicitly that they support only American English.

Whether you’re working on captions or subtitles, the duration of the process depends on the type of software you’re using. If you’ve chosen to go for automated AI-based services, you’ll most likely get the results in less than an hour for shorter videos. On the other hand, human transcriptionists can take several days to complete.

Companies that we’ve reviewed explicitly state their turnaround times, and we’ve made sure those claims are accurate. In our book, transcripts should be delivered within minutes with digital transcribing. For human transcription services, we gave our seal of approval to companies that delivered in no more than a few days.

AI services are generally much cheaper than human transcribers and usually charge around $0.25 per minute of audio. The latter cost up to $2 for a minute. We highly appreciate affordable transcription services and companies that offer free versions or at least free trial options.

Mobile Apps

Having an app for your mobile devices can be very useful. For the most part, these dedicated Android and iOS apps work as digital voice recorders, enabling you to capture voice memos, minutes of meetings, lectures, and more. Then, you can quickly transcribe the audio file directly from the app and get to see the complete transcript on your mobile device.

These are usually automated transcription services that are error-prone. However, most apps offer an editing feature that lets you edit text while listening to audio playback and adjusting its speed for better understanding. In case you’re using a human-powered transcription service, you can use the app to order the transcript with a single click while you’re on the go.

Transcription Editor

A transcription editor is a built-in feature that allows users to edit the transcript manually. If you order your transcript from accurate transcription services such as human-powered ones, you probably won’t have much use for this feature.

However, AI-based services are prone to errors, and you’ll need to edit the transcripts manually. You can do so while listening to the audio, as most of these editors contain playback controls so that you can adjust the speed, rewind, highlight parts of the transcript, or edit the start time of the recording. It’s much more convenient than manually switching between a video or audio player and the document.

Additional Features

The companies that offer additional features aside from recording, transcribing, and editing, ranked higher on our list. The best transcription services often provide a speaker identification function. When enabled, it detects each person speaking in the stream and labels their parts of the speech.

We liked seeing companies that provide time stamping, live captions for Zoom meetings, and live, automated, or on-demand webinars . We also appreciate subtitle services, captioning, commenting and notes, multiple export options, or text-to-text transcription for converting paper documents into electronic ones.

Also, anyone employing human-powered services who needs their transcript done quickly will appreciate the Rush transcription feature for additional fees. Furthermore, it’s always a plus if you can integrate tools you already use, such as Zoom, Vimeo, Dropbox, and YouTube.

Another important consideration is security. This is especially important with human transcriptions, where privacy can be an issue. Our list only includes professional transcription services that make employees sign NDAs and rely on strict confidentiality agreements while using top-notch encryption or authentication methods.

The Best Transcription Services in 2022

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  • Rev : best for editing transcriptions
  • Trint: best for multi-language transcriptions
  • Scribie : best in terms of affordability
  • Otter : best free transcription service

The Best Transcription Services in 2022

What is the best transcribing service?

vvUpon reviewing both AI-backed and human-powered transcription services, we’ve come to the conclusion that the latter option is better. Services that use human transcriptionists such as Rev and Scribie proved more accurate and more capable in dealing with complicated recordings. However, it takes them longer to deliver transcripts, so if you need things done quickly, Temi or Otter are better options.

How do I choose the best transcription service provider?

If you’re looking for the best medical transcription services or need a STEM transcription, then we recommend human transcribers and companies that promise the highest accuracy rates. Also, pay attention to the security features such as NDAs, the encryption, and any additional features. Those who need quick transcripts can go for automatic services with faster turnaround times and good editing tools to polish up the text.

How long does it take to transcribe 1 hour of audio?

Turnaround times differ depending on the type of software, quality of the recording, accents, background noise, number of speakers, and a range of other variables. Companies can take as little as a couple of minutes or several days and even weeks to deliver transcripts. The best transcription services usually take four hours or less to transcribe a one-hour recording.

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Want to make money with transcription work? The best opportunity is to work as a freelancer. Transcribe Anywhere provides the top training in the industry that will help you earn a full-time or part-time income as a freelance transcriptionist. You’ll go from beginner to professional in 2-4 months and earn a transcription certificate recognized in the industry. Learn more .

Working as a transcriptionist is a great way to make money from home and benefit from a flexible schedule. Whether you’re looking for a full-time job or just some extra money, transcribing can be a good option.

In this article, I will help you find the best transcription jobs . There are a lot of different companies and websites that pay transcriptionists, and hopefully, this list will help you find the right transcription career for you.

I’ve been a big proponent of transcription jobs as a side hustle, and over time, I have researched and written many transcription articles on how to get started. If you need more information before digging into finding the best online transcription jobs, check out:

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Most online transcription jobs allow you to work as an independent contractor. Typically, you’ll have control over the days and hours you work and how much you work. Some transcription companies have minimums or specific requirements that you’ll need to meet.

We’ll start by looking at the best opportunities. Later in the article, you’ll find companies that provide the best online transcription jobs for beginners .

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1. SpeakWrite

SpeakWrite

  • Pay Rates: $0.005 – $0.006 per word
  • Payment Method: Direct deposit or check
  • Payment Frequency: Twice per month
  • Job Requirements: One year of experience, 60+ words per minute, 90% accuracy
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SpeakWrite is one of the top transcription companies, but you’ll need some previous transcribing experience. They have a well-established customer base that includes legal, government, law enforcement, and private sector clients.

As a transcriptionist for SpeakWrite, you’ll be paid $0.005–$0.006 per word. According to SpeakWrite, average monthly earnings are $300+, with top earners exceeding $3,000 per month. Payments are made twice per month by direct deposit or check.

To work for SpeakWrite, applicants must pass a transcription test with a minimum of 60 words per minute and at least 90% accuracy. You’ll also need at least one year of audio transcription experience, and you must pass a background check.

Once approved, you’ll choose your own shifts, and work will be assigned to you during your shifts. You’ll need to schedule at least 15 working hours per month, which means you’ll have a steady stream of work.

2. Transcript Divas

Transcript Divas

  • Pay Rates: Average of $1.39 per audio minute
  • Payment Method: PayPal or direct deposit
  • Payment Frequency: Unspecified
  • Job Requirements: Transcription experience preferred but not required
  • Read our Transcript Divas Review

Transcript Divas offers one of the higher-paying remote transcription jobs, with rates going up to $2.98 per audio minute. They don’t require previous experience, but they have high standards and only accept a percentage of applicants.

If you’re interested in working as a freelancer for Transcript Divas, apply directly on their website. You’ll need to have a resume/CV ready and answer a few questions to complete the application.

3. Speechpad

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  • Pay Rates: $0.25 – $2.50 per audio minute
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Payment Frequency: Twice per week
  • Job Requirements: Pass their typing test
  • Read our Speechpad Review

Speechpad is another good transcription company to work for. You can earn $0.25 to $2.50 per audio minute (or $15 to $150 per audio hour). Payments are made twice per week by PayPal.

It’s free to sign up, but you’ll need to pass a transcription and a grammar test before you start working. As a worker, you’ll have a rating for your transcription services, and the rating impacts which jobs are available to you. Increase your rating to open up more opportunities. There are also possibilities to qualify for rush jobs and caption jobs with higher pay.

There’s no minimum that you need to work, and you’ll choose the specific jobs that you want.

4. Averbach Transcription

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  • Pay Rates: $1.00 – $1.50 per audio minute
  • Job Requirements: Pass their test
  • Read our Averbach Transcription Review

Averbach Transcription is hiring for transcription jobs. They do not list any requirements for experience, but you’ll need to pass their 20-minute transcription test. 

Their typical rates are $1.00 per audio minute or $1.50 per audio minute for rush orders (same day or overnight). They claim that most experienced transcribers can make $20–$30 per hour of work based on these rates.

You’ll have the flexibility to set your own hours and decline work if it’s not convenient for you.

5. Transcription Outsourcing LLC

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  • Rate Info: $0.80 – $1.10+ per audio minute
  • Payment Method: Direct deposit or PayPal
  • Job Requirements: Pass their typing tests
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Transcription Outsourcing LLC offers positions for employees and general contractors. They have transcribing jobs in various industries, with job openings for law enforcement, medical, legal, financial, and general transcription.

The application process requires you to pass at least one typing test before you can join their team. The test requirements vary depending on the type of transcription services you’ll be providing.

This transcription company offers competitive rates, which vary depending on the industry you’re working in. Some are paid per minute, and others per line. The per-minute rates are currently listed at $0.80 to $1.10 per minute. But they offer higher rates (up to $5 per minute) for rush jobs or when maximum accuracy is needed. A rate of $0.07–$0.10 per line is currently listed for medical transcription work.

To work for Transcription Outsourcing, you must be based in the U.S. The job requirements do not specify that transcription experience is required, but the application does ask about your experience.

6. TranscribeMe

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  • Rate Info: $15 to $22 per audio hour
  • Payment Frequency: Weekly
  • Requirements: Pass their typing test
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TranscribeMe is one of the more popular options for transcription jobs, and getting started is easy. After you fill out the form, you must pass a test. The test is fairly simple, and TranscribeMe does not require previous experience.

While working for TranscribeMe, you’ll be transcribing short audio clips (usually 2-4 minutes long) from various industries. Pay ranges from $15 to $22 per audio hour. The average transcriptionist earns $250 per month, with top earners making up to $2,200 per month. You’ll be paid by PayPal weekly.

7. Daily Transcription

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  • Rate Info: starting at $0.75 – $0.85 per audio minute
  • Payment Method: Check
  • Requirements: Type at least 50 words per minute
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Daily Transcription claims to pay higher rates than other transcription companies, starting at $0.75–$0.85 per audio minute. Their top transcriptionists make $250–$950 per week. Payments for your transcription services are made weekly by check.

As part of the application process for this online transcription job, you must pass a skills assessment test and a transcription test. They do not require transcription experience, but you must be able to type at least 50 words per minute.

Daily Transcription is different than some other companies. You’ll sign up for slots on their schedule, and you’ll be assigned work based on that schedule. Like other companies, they do not guarantee a specific amount of work will be available.

You’ll be transcribing audio files from the entertainment, corporate, and legal industries, as well as some academic institutions. Access to different types of audio-based files and jobs, like legal transcription, opens up better income opportunities.

8. Tigerfish

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  • Rate Info: $0.03 – $0.04 per line transcribed
  • Requirements: Pass their skills test
  • Read our Tigerfish Review

Tigerfish has been around for a long time (since 1989), and they’re a well-known company in the industry.

If you work for Tigerfish, your projects will include all types of audio files like interviews, police interrogations, and documentary film footage.

There’s an application process that involves transcribing a 15-minute sample audio file. You’ll also need the free version of Express Scribe software.

Tigerfish pays $0.03 – $0.04 per line transcribed.

9. Casting Words

Casting Words

  • Rate Info: $0.085 to over $1 per audio minute
  • Requirements: You may need to pass their test
  • Read our Casting Words Review

Casting Words hires freelance transcribers from the U.S., Canada, and a long list of other countries. Signing up is easy. Some applicants must take a transcription test, but others may not need to take the test.

Once you’re approved, you’ll see available jobs in the dashboard. You can take as much or as little work as you want.

By working for Casting Words, you’ll be paid $0.085 to over $1 per audio minute. Pay varies based on a few factors, like the type of job, the level you’ve reached, and the grade you receive for the work. The higher the grade for accuracy, the more you’ll be paid.

Payments for your transcription services are made once per week by PayPal.

10. GMR Transcription

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  • Rate Info: Rates are not disclosed until you are hired
  • Payment Frequency: Monthly
  • Requirements: Pass their skills assessment test
  • Read our GMR Transcription Review

GMR Transcription offers positions for general transcription, as well as for general transcription with a medical background. They claim that the average workers earn $1,000 – $3,000 per month.

No experience is necessary for the general transcription position (but they do have high accuracy standards). You will be transcribing a variety of topics like academic, business, legal, and more.

For the position with a medical background, you’ll transcribe interviews about medical conditions. This position comes with daily, consistent work, but you’ll be expected to complete work regularly.

11. 3Play Media

3Play Media

  • Rate Info: $10-$30 per hour
  • Requirements: Type at least 75 words per minute
  • Read our 3Play Media Review

To work for 3Play Media, you must be located in the U.S., and you must type at least 75 words per minute.

3Play Media pays based on the project, but they suggest the equivalent is about $10 – $30 per hour, depending on your efficiency.

You’ll be able to choose which projects you accept and how much you work.

The transcription companies listed in the next section are all reputable companies that provide online transcription opportunities, but they do not publicly provide the rates that they pay. Details like job qualifications are listed below if they’re publicly available. For more details, contact the company or start the application process.

12. CrowdSurf

CrowdSurf is a legit transcription service company that offers work related to captioning videos for the deaf and second-language viewers. These will be short tasks you can do at your own convenience.

To sign up, you must create a profile and take an assessment. No experience is required, and there’s no mandatory typing speed. Once you’ve been approved and are in their system, you can take any available jobs and claim the audio file whenever you want to work.

CrowdSurf pays by PayPal or direct deposit, and you can get paid for your work instantly. 

Read our CrowdSurf Review .

13. Athreon

Athreon has been hiring transcriptionists since 1988, offering general and medical transcription work (for those based in North America). Non-medical transcription involves police, legal, media, and business transcription.

To qualify, you will either need to be a graduate of a training program or have two years of relevant working experience.

One of the benefits of working for Athreon is that you should get a steadier flow of work that may not be available with some other companies. However, they do require transcriptionists to work five days per week and complete at least 500 lines per day.

Athreon pays weekly by PayPal.

Read our Athreon Review .

Ubiqus hires experienced transcriptionists based in the U.S. Generally, they require 1-5 years of experience, but they will consider current transcription students.

You’ll be paid per word, but Ubiqus does not publicly list their rates. Opportunities are available for legal, medical, and general transcription.

Read our Ubiqus Review .

15. Ubiqus On Demand (Formerly Verbal Ink)

Ubiqus On Demand is a division of Ubiqus and formerly operated as Verbal Ink. They hire beginner transcriptionists, but there’s not a lot of detail about the job on their website. The site does provide instructions for applicants.

Read our Ubiqus On Demand Review .

16. Babbletype

Babbletype hires transcriptionists, but you must be a native English speaker. They pay weekly by PayPal, and freelance transcribers can sign up for the assignments each day. Your work schedule is totally up to you. Babbletype does not provide details about pay rates, but you can apply through their website.

Read our Babbletype Review .

Voxtab offers many different types of transcription services, including legal, medical, academic, business, sermons, videos, podcasts, and more. They don’t provide many details about the opportunity to work for them, but you can apply and submit a resume through their website.

Read our Voxtab Review .

18. AccuTran Global

AccuTran Global is another reputable company that hires transcriptionists. Currently, there’s not a lot of information about the job on their site, but it does say that a new hiring process will be coming soon.

19. Transcriptions ‘N Translations

Transcriptions ‘N Translations provides transcription services focusing on the entertainment industry. Their website does not include much information about working for them, but there’s a form to submit an application.

20. BAM! Transcription  

BAM! Transcription is a California-based company that provides general transcription and serves the entertainment industry. Their website does not provide information about working for them, but there’s a contact form you can use.

21. Alice Darling Secretarial Services

Alice Darling offers audio and video transcription services. They hire transcriptionists as needed. The requirements include typing 75 words per minute and experience with transcription and word processing.

22. TranscriptionServices.com

TranscriptionServices.com is hiring part-time transcriptionists from any country. However, you do need experience. 

Their website says that they offer competitive pay, but rates are not listed. Application instructions are listed on their site. You’ll need a copy of your resume in PDF format, and you’ll need to answer a few questions.

23. Pioneer Transcription

Pioneer Transcription updates its website with details regarding current openings for transcription jobs. At the time of this writing, they are looking for typists who can transcribe video files and insert on-screen timestamps.

They prefer experienced transcriptionists who can begin working immediately. Their website includes a short application form that you can fill out if you’re interested. If they contact you for work opportunities, you’ll need to pass a short typing test before you begin.

24. E-Typist

E-Typist offers flexible work-from-home opportunities. Their website states that applicants with at least three years of legal transcription work are preferred. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, a foot pedal, a smartphone, and high-speed internet access.

If you’re ready to apply, the application form is available on the E-Typist website.

25. Cambridge Transcriptions

Cambridge Transcriptions periodically hires typists, and available positions are listed on their website. Currently, they’re looking for legal transcriptionists with at least one year of experience in legal transcription or court reporting. Instructions to apply by email are provided on the website.

26. CyberDictate

CyberDictate hires experienced transcribers who live in the United States. You’ll need a headset, a foot pedal, and transcription software.

Currently, CyberDictate is only looking for legal transcriptionists with at least three years of experience. You must be able to type at least 85 words per minute to qualify, and you must be available during normal business hours.

27. VIQ Solutions

VIQ Solutions is looking for experienced transcriptionists to work as independent contractors. The role offers flexible hours and the ability to work from home. Several smaller companies fall under the VIQ Solutions umbrella, so there are plenty of opportunities here. Open transcription jobs are listed on their website, and you can apply online.

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If you’re just getting started, here are some other transcription companies and websites that are options for beginner transcriptionists.

1. GoTranscript

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  • Rate Info: Up to $0.60 per audio minute
  • Requirements: Pass their transcription test

GoTranscript hires workers from all around the world, and no transcription experience is needed. You must pass a test to start. If you fail the test, you can try again in a few days. There’s no word-per-minute typing speed requirement.

You can earn up to $0.60 per audio minute for audio and video files. Payments for your transcription services are made weekly via PayPal. Average earners make $150 per month, with top earners bringing in $1,215 per month.

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  • Rate Info: $0.40 – $0.75 per audio minute
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Rev is another one of the better-known transcription service providers. Rev offers transcription for audio files and videos.

To start with Rev, you’ll need to pass their online test . Once you pass the test, you can claim work. Payments vary depending on what you’re doing, but generally, it varies from $0.40 – $0.75 per audio minute.

According to Rev, the average transcriptionist earns $245 per month, with top earners reaching $1,495. Payments are made once per week by PayPal.

3. Quicktate and iDictate

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  • Rate Info: $0.0025 and $0.005 per word
  • Requirements: 3 references and background check

With Quicktate, you can transcribe letters, memos, voicemails, legal notes, medical reports, and other short audio files. All of the audio files with Quicktate will be less than 5 minutes in length. iDictate is for audio files longer than 5 minutes, like lectures, sermons, conference calls, YouTube videos, and more.

Both are owned by the same company. As a transcriber, you can complete one application to work for both Quicktate and iDictate.

For the application, you’ll need three references (can’t be your family members), and you must complete a background check. They don’t accept applicants with felony or misdemeanor convictions. There’s a $20 fee for the background check.

The pay varies between $0.0025 and $0.005 per word, and payments are made by PayPal.

4. Way With Words

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  • Rate Info: $0.45 – $1.73 per audio minute
  • Requirements: Pass their assessment

Way With Words hires transcriptionists from the United States, Canada, United Kindom (and other European Union nations), South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

They pay between $0.45 – $1.73 per audio minute based on the turnaround time of the project. So if you take projects that require a fast turnaround time, you can earn more.

You don’t need previous experience to apply, but you must pass their assessment. Once you’ve applied and passed the assessment, you can work as much or as little as you want, whenever it’s convenient for you.

You’ll be paid monthly by PayPal.

Scribie

  • Rate Info: $5 – $25 per audio hour
  • Payment Frequency: Withdraw anytime
  • Requirements: Pass their test

Scribie is known as one of the lower-paying online transcription companies. By working for them, you can earn $5 – $25 per audio hour. There are also small monthly bonuses available ($5 for every 3 hours completed). You can withdraw earnings to your PayPal account at any time.

You don’t need experience to start, but you must pass a test. With Scribie, you’ll be working on short files, for 10 minutes or less.

Scribie does not assign work to you. You can preview the available transcription jobs and decide which ones you want.

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Who Can Work as a Transcriptionist?

You must be able to type fast and accurately to have success with an online transcription job. You may already have excellent typing skills, and if so, this could be a great opportunity for you. But thankfully, typing is a skill that can be improved with practice. Just about anyone can get their skills to the level needed with some practice. 

Aside from typing skills, you must be able to work well on your own. The job description doesn’t involve a lot of human interaction, so it’s ideal for people who enjoy and thrive working on their own. 

Some transcription jobs require work experience, but as you can see on this page, there are plenty of entry-level opportunities. Most jobs require no other special qualifications. So if you have some typing skills, you’re probably ready to start making money.

How Much Can I Make as a Transcriptionist?

According to ZipRecruiter , the average salary for a work-from-home transcriptionist in the US is $58,962. That’s not bad for an extremely flexible career with no commute!

However, making a decent wage as a beginner is challenging. There are many companies out there that allow anyone to sign up for this type of work (you may need to pass a test first). However, some of these jobs pay very low wages. Earning a certification can open up more opportunities for you, and later in this article, you’ll find some information about earning a certification and formal training. Also, working freelance transcription jobs rather than relying on open platforms can increase your earning power.

If you want to learn more about how to work as a freelance transcriptionist and earn money from home, General Transcription: Theory & Practice™ from Transcribe Anywhere is the best training available. It covers everything you need to go from beginner to professional in 2-4 months (including how to find the highest-paying work). You’ll also be able to earn a transcription certificate!

Practice Transcription Tests

If you don’t have much experience, you may want to get some practice to improve your skills before going after online transcription jobs. A skills test can help you to check your speed and accuracy to make sure you’re ready. Here’s a look at some of the best transcription tools that are available for practicing:

  • Express Scribe Practice Transcription Files – Express Scribe provides several legal and medical audio files you can use for practice.
  • GoTranscript – GoTranscript offers a free sample test that you can take. The test will show you any errors that you make.
  • TCI Transcription Practice Test – Create a free account with TCI to get access to several test audio files.
  • Listen and Write – This site has a huge collection of audio files. You can create a free account and practice transcribing directly on the website.

FAQ Related to Online Transcription Jobs

There’s no definitive industry standard for a minimum typing speed. The requirements for speed and accuracy can vary from one company to another. In general, 70 words per minute is a good goal if you want to start transcribing. Keep in mind that typing is a skill that can be learned relatively quickly with practice. Don’t be turned off if you can’t type 70 words per minute now. You can always increase your speed if you practice.

The answer to this question depends on who you’re asking. For entry-level transcription jobs, start with the companies listed in this article.

Some of the most common options include general transcriptionist, legal transcriptionist, law enforcement transcriptionist, and medical transcriptionist. Many people do a combination of a few different types. Medical transcription jobs are becoming harder to come by.

Your pay will be based on your typing speed. The better your skill level, the more money you can make. Also, earning a certification can help to open up more transcription job opportunities and better-paying jobs and advance your transcription career. Transcribe Anywhere offers certification that’s extremely helpful for increasing your earning potential.

Audio hours is the measurement used for the length of audio you’ll be transcribing. If the audio clip is 30 minutes long, that is one half of an audio hour. Working hours is the measurement of the time that you’re working. For example, if it takes you two hours to transcribe that 30-minute clip, your working hours would be two hours.-Your working hours will always be longer than the audio hours you are transcribing. While most jobs will pay you according to the number of hours you work, many online transcription jobs will pay you based on the number of audio hours you transcribe. The faster you are, the more money you can make. If you’re paid per audio hour, it’s important to track the actual time you’re working so you can calculate the hourly rate for your working hours.

That depends on many factors, including your typing speed. However, the industry standard is 4 hours of typing for every 1 audio hour. That may be higher or lower depending on the details. In addition to your own typing speed, another big factor involves the quality of the audio. If you have a clear recording and the speaker is talking slowly, you may be able to do it much faster. Or if the audio quality is poor or the speaker is talking very fast, it may take more time.

Yes, you can earn a living with transcription services. However, that doesn’t mean anyone attempting it can make a full-time income. To have the best chance of earning an income you should consider certification, which will open up more job opportunities and help you to develop advanced transcription skills. According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary for a work-from-home transcriptionist is $58,962 or $28 per hour. To reach that level, you’ll need to move beyond the low-paying gigs that anyone can sign up for. Specializing can also help to increase your income. For example, the average pay for a legal transcriptionist will be higher than the average industry rate.

Transcribe Anywhere offers comprehensive courses to help you get started with general transcription and legal transcription . These courses provide the best specialized training available and can be completed at your own pace. They also offer a great free mini-course that you won’t want to miss. Transcribe Anywhere also offers transcription certification to its students.

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As a transcription freelancer with Rev, you'll have access to a list of customer audio that needs transcribing. You can claim and work on any jobs you choose, subject to meeting Rev's quality requirements for freelancer work. The audio content, pay, and deadline are all listed upfront so you can decide if the transcription job is a good fit for you and your schedule. Rev provides a web-based transcription editor that you use to capture all audible English speech in an audio file. Customers receive an interactive version of the transcript that can be downloaded into other formats, like PDF, .txt, and MS Word.

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In this HBO film she stars as Lillian Hall, an actress about to embark on a new production of The Cherry Orchard. The whole production depends on her star power, so there is concern when during rehearsals she is increasingly having trouble remembering lines. So much so that the play’s sympathetic but worried director David ( Jesse Williams ) and frantic producer Jane ( Cindy Hogan ), who is especially concerned about her cash cow, insist that Lillian see a doctor. That is where she gets the bad news. She has a form of dementia that is only going to slowly get worse.

Basically she is in a state of denial, but does reluctantly agree to the doctor’s demand she take a test in the office. With shaking hands, Lillian resolutely fails but then tries to cover up, even from her daughter Margaret ( Lily Rabe ) and ever-faithful assistant and longtime friend Edith ( Kathy Bates ), the latter of whom basically runs her life. Edith knows her so well she is the first to figure out the truth, but Lillian powers on, even as hallucinations of her late stage director husband keep popping into her head.

There is much time spent watching the production of Cherry Orchard take form with a leading lady who is becoming increasingly worrisome. Director Michael Cristofer, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner for 1977’s The Shadow Box, as well as the author of several other plays and an actor himself, really knows his way around this theatrical world and manages to build a surprising amount of suspense around the question of if Lillian will even make it to opening night. So even though the production is perceived to be nothing without its star attraction they do get the stand-by ready to appear. Will she have to go on instead?

The strength here is that Lange never goes the easy route with this portrayal. She really imbues her with the sense of disbelief this could be happening to the great Lillian Hall, who seems to be a person not aware of life’s clock ticking.

An early scene sees her accept a phone call from the head of the Tony Awards telling her they want to present her with a life achievement award, something she can’t quite compute.

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“About 106,” comes the deadpan retort.

Bates is terrific as always, really nailing the persona of someone who is always there through many decades, but is also a genuine friend, especially when she comes up with a hearing device in order to deliver Lillian her lines.

Rabe, whose theatre credentials go back to being the daughter of the late Jill Clayburgh and playwright David Rabe, is perfectly cast here as the daughter who fights against the idea that she was always second to her mother’s love of theatre. She gets a fiery emotional scene confronting her mother about why she was not told about her condition, and she delivers it authentically. I also was amused by Hogan’s grasp of what it is to be a producer in the crap shoot of staging Broadway plays.

Lange, by the way, is wonderful in interpreting Lyuba, the woman she plays in The Cherry Orchard. So much so that one might hope she takes it on for real one day.

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Release Date: May 31, 2024

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Screenplay: Elizabeth Seldes Annacone

Cast: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Pierce Brosnan, Jesse Williams, Cindy Hogan

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To open Recall, use the keyboard shortcut +J , or select the following Recall icon on your taskbar:

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Your timeline in Recall is broken up into segments, which are the blocks of time that Recall was taking snapshots while you were using your PC. You can hover over your timeline to review your activity in a preview window. Selecting the location on the timeline or selecting the preview window loads the snapshot where you can  interact with the content .

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Maybe you wanted to make that pizza recipe you saw earlier today but you don’t remember where you saw it. Typing goat cheese pizza into the search box would easily find the recipe again. You could also search for pizza or cheese if you didn’t remember the specific type of pizza or cheese. Less specific searches are likely to bring up more matches though. If you prefer to search using your voice, you can select the microphone then speak your search query.  

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Screenshot of adding a website to the filter list in the Recall & snaphots page in Windows settings

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Managing your Recall snapshots and disk space

You can configure how much disk space Recall is allowed to use to store snapshots. The amount of disk space you can allocate to Recall varies depending on how much storage your PC has. The following chart shows the storage space options for Recall:

You can change the amount of disk space used or delete snapshots from the Recall & snapshots settings page. 

To change the storage space limit:

1. Expand the Storage settings.

2. Change the Maximum storage for snapshots limit by choosing the limit from the drop-down list. When the limit is reached, the oldest snapshots are deleted first.

To delete snapshots:

Expand the Delete snapshots settings.

You can choose to delete all snapshots or snapshots withing a specific timeframe.

To delete all snapshots, select Delete all .

To delete snapshots from a specific timeframe, select a timeframe from the drop-down list, then select Delete   snapshots.

Screenshot of the Recall & snapshots page in Windows settings displaying the timeframe options for deleting snapshots

Keyboard shortcuts for Recall

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts in recall:, when interacting with a snapshot with screenray, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:, microsoft’s commitment to responsible ai and privacy.

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Recall uses optical character recognition (OCR), local to the PC, to analyze snapshots and facilitate search. For more information about OCR, see Transparency note and use cases for OCR . For more information about privacy and security, see Privacy and security for Recall & screenray .

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