How to Transcribe Your Podcast for Free

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You’ve likely read a post or two about why you should include the transcripts of your podcast on your website. From SEO advantages to giving your audience another way to consume your content, sharing your transcripts is helpful to both you and your audience. 

Now, you might be wondering how to transcribe your podcast for free. If so, you’re in luck because we have found a couple of ways to get a fairly accurate transcription of your podcast without spending a dime! Let’s dive in!

Transcribe Your Podcast for Free with Google Recorder

Google Recorder is a smartphone application that allows you to record audio and transcribe what you record live. To use the app, open it on your phone and begin recording to it at the same time that you start recording your podcast in Audacity, GarageBand, or your favorite recording software.

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As you speak, your phone’s microphone will pick up the audio, and the words will be automatically recorded and transcribed into the application.
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Once you have finished recording, click stop on the app, and you will be able to save and share the files. You can choose to share the audio, the transcription text, or both. Alternatively, if you don’t want to share them, you can save them to your Google Drive.
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One benefit of this transcription application is that it is searchable. What this means is if you’re looking for a specific word or phrase you said, you can type it into the app’s search function and find every point in your audio and transcription that you said that word or phrase while recording.
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Now for the bad news. According to Android Authority, “Google Recorder was exclusive to the Google Pixel 4 series at first. It then rolled out to some older Pixel devices but hasn’t moved on to other, non-Pixel devices yet. At least, not in an official capacity.”

The good news is that savvy app developers have created a workaround for other devices to be able to use Google Recorder. We recommend reading this post from Android Authority for guidance on how to use the app without a Pixel phone. However, as with all applications and “hacks,” we also recommend that you do your research before simply downloading and using them to avoid the risk of breaking your phone or opening it up to potential malware issues.

How to Use Google Docs Voice Typing for Transcriptions

Though this option will require you to speak every word of your podcast audio a second time, an alternative to the Google Recorder app is to use Google Docs Voice Typing tool in Chrome. 

Their voice typing is fairly accurate, and it will provide you with a transcript in document form that you can add additional notes and formatting too. After cleaning up your transcription, and adding any other notes you would like, you can then copy and paste your text directly into your blog post/website page for your podcast episode.

How to Use YouTube Transcription

This is another alternative to Google Recorder for how to transcribe your podcast for free. YouTube Transcription doesn’t require you to speak the words of your recording a second time. Instead, you can simply add a single image to your audio and convert it into a single image video using software like One Image Video, and then load the MP4 file onto your YouTube channel. Once you have uploaded the video to YouTube, enable captions, and your YouTube video will create a generic transcript.

Click publish, and then go to the video link on a desktop, and click on the 3 horizontal dots next to the SAVE option, and you’ll see an “Open transcript” option. Click that button, and you’ll be given the rough transcript that you can select, copy, and paste into a word processing document.

A word of caution for using this method – YouTube Transcription is a little less accurate, in that it tends to misspell a lot of your words. It also misunderstands many of your words, and therefore, may replace them with the closest sounding word. Because of this, you might need to spend a little while correcting the transcript it generates before you publish it on your website.

After you’ve saved your transcript, it’s up to you whether or not you choose to leave your podcast video up on YouTube. Some podcasters like to leave their one image videos up on the platform in an effort to reach more audiences, while others believe that videos like this don’t belong on YouTube. You have to decide what you think will work best for you and your audience.

Other Options for Transcribing Your Podcast

AI Media created an awesome list of even more free transcription software programs. Here are the top four they recommend: 

We recommend checking out their post to learn more about these free options. We hope you find one that works well for you!

Are You a Visual Learner?

Check out this awesome video below from 9to5Google  that walks you through how to use Google Recorder.

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