How to perform a handover on Interprefy's interpreter's console

A detailed explanation of the handover command to help you interpret with confidence.

The handover button allows interpreters on the same language channel to switch interpreting turns during an event in an easy, seamless way. This option works the same way in the default and full-screen layouts. 

Three rules to guarantee a handover without downtime or overlap:

  1. Interpreters need to be in the same outgoing language channel.
  2. There should always be one active (unmuted) and one passive (muted) interpreter.
  3. The active interpreter always initiates the handover request.

If both you and your interpreting partner are simultaneously unmuted, the 'handover' will turn red and flash:


Inteprefy's interpreter's soft console allows for the handover to be performed in two ways: 'NOW' or 'LATER'

Handover 'NOW'

This is an immediate request for a takeover. Use it when you want to swap with your partner as soon as possible. 

When you click 'NOW', your partner receives the following message:


1. Click to accept the handover request which will unmute your microphone. Remain silent and start interpreting once your partner has stopped talking or muted themselves. 

2. Click to reject the handover request. 


Until your partner responds, you will see the following message:

You will know that your partner has accepted the handover request thanks to two visual indicators:


Once you see the visual indicators that show that your partner has accepted the handover request:

  1. Stop interpreting at the next pause
  2. Mute yourself by clicking on the microphone icon


The platform will never automatically mute/unmute interpreters. Interpreters have full control over their microphones and this function.  


If an interpreter cancels the handover request, both interpreters will see a cancel notification:

Handover 'LATER'

This function allows you to schedule the handover for later. This is especially useful if you agree with your interpreting partner to swap after interpreting for a certain period of time. 

Click 'later' and the platform will ask you to select, in minutes, how long until the handover takes place. 

Your partner will then receive the message below asking to confirm your request:

Once your partner accepts the request, both of you will see a synchronized countdown:


This countdown can be cancelled by either you or your partner at any time. 

Once the countdown reaches the last 30 seconds, a pop-up window appears on your partner's screen containing a microphone button, allowing them to unmute.

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If your interpreting partner doesn’t unmute themselves within the last 30 seconds, the request expires and the handover is cancelled.  

To proceed with the handover, your partner will follow the steps explained under 'Handover NOW' section.