Philips Foot Control Behavior in Google Chrome

Due to recent browser architecture changes, foot control gamepad events may not arrive in SpeechLive if the Chrome browser is not in focus. This may happen especially in cases where you have another application open in full screen.

Concerned Google Chrome version: 86.0.4240.75


To avoid such issues now and in the future, we recommend to install the Philips Device Connector (PDC).

The PDC natively supports Philips foot controls and SpeechMikes in a Chrome browser. The browser no longer needs to be in focus, meaning you can minimize the Chrome browser and still have foot control functionality.

To use the Philips Device Connector, you need to install two components:

  • Philips Device Connector native host application
  • Philips Device Connector Chrome extension

The following steps cover the installation of both components:

  1. Navigate to the Philips Device Connector extension page in the Chrome web store.
  2. Click on Add to Chrome .
  3. A pop-up window appears, confirm the installation by clicking on Add extension.
  4. Download the latest Philips Device Connector native host application setup here .
  5. Run philips_device_connector_native_host_installer.exe on your local machine and finish the setup. You can now use your Philips dictation hardware on all supported websites (e.g. SpeechLive).
For more details visit the Philips Device Connector Guide

This video will also guide you through the installation steps:

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  • Does this work remotely or only in the office where initially installed?

    • Philips SpeechLive is a cloud dictation and transcription solution. You can log in and simply work in your web browser. Your foot pedal and headset connect to the PC as usual for transcription.

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