How to activate subtitles for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and search for movies
Closed captions or subtitles display text on the video screen to provide additional information to people who want to access it. This is an essential accessibility feature for certain people, hearing impaired or hard of hearing, or for people who want to watch a video without audio!
Set your captioning and subtitling preferences on iPhones or iPads
If you want videos to use subtitles or captions by default
- Go to General Settings; Accessibility
- Scroll to the Media section and play Subtitles and captions
- Activate subtitles + SDH
- Go to Settings ; General ; Accessibility ; Subtitles and captions ; Style
- Choose a default setting that works for you (Large text, classic, text outline) or create your own use of the Create new style function
How to enable subtitles in iOS videos
First things first: not all videos include a title or subtitle track
Therefore, check with the video provider (such as Hulu or Netflix, for example) to see what options they offer. Or look for subtitled and captioned content when searching for videos.
Also, some websites and applications provide their own custom subtitle interfaces for videos – watch out for those too!
Enable (or disable) hidden captions or subtitles with the TV or Video application
When you are watching videos that include subtitles and captions, open the Audio & Subtitles menu
- While viewing, touch the screen to see the playback controls.
- Tap the globe icon to open the Audio and subtitles menu
- Choose the subtitle or caption option you want
Previous IOS (with the Videos application)
Simply tap Settings ; Videos and activate Hidden Subtitles.
Note that enabling subtitles only works if you have a video that supports it. Also, when you enable captions, you activate captions for your third-party video applications (e.g., Netflix).
>Enable subtitles in iTunes
You can also activate subtitles in iTunes on Mac and Windows computers.
Subtitles and subtitles on Mac
macOS supports subtitles and captions in these native applications: iTunes, DVD Player, QuickTime Player and HTML5 video viewed in Safari.
Find them in the Audio and subtitles menu
- Move your pointer over the video
- Click on the balloon dialog.
- If you do not see the dialogue balloon, the video you are watching does not include subtitles or captions
- Choose the subtitle option you want to use >
Set your Macs captioning and subtitling preferences
Activate default captions or subtitles
- Choose from the Apple menu ; System Preferences ; Accessibility
- Select subtitles in the sidebar
- Choose Prefer subtitles and SDH
- Select one of the predefined styles: Default, Large Text or Classic. Or to create your own style, click on the plus sign
- Change the font, size and color of the text, along with the background color and opacity. A preview of your new style appears at the top of the window
- After making your selections, click OK to save them. Your new style is used as the default style for subtitles and captions in each application
- Launch iTunes ; Preferences from the “iTunes” menu for Mac
- Select the “Playback” tab
- Check the box “Show subtitles when available”
Like the Mac, find these settings in the Audio and Subtitle menu while playing your video
- Move your pointer over your video
- Click on the dialog bubble icon
Choose the subtitle options you want to use
Activate default captions or subtitles
- Press and hold the Control and B keys on your keyboard to open the iTunes menu bar
- Select iTunes ; Preferences (“Edit” menu for PC) and then select the “Playback” tab
- Check the box for Subtitle preference and SDH
- Choose one of the predefined styles or create your own style by clicking on New.
- Change the font, size and color of the text, along with the background color and opacity. A preview of your new style is shown at the top of the window
- Click OK to save your choices. iTunes uses this style as the default style for subtitles and captions for iTunes video playback
>How to find videos that support subtitles
Enabling hidden subtitles will only work if your video supports it. Today, many videos support this feature. To find videos that support subtitles, see below:
Find movies that support subtitles on PC and Mac
- Open iTunes
- Go to the iTunes store
- In the search bar in the upper right corner, type in a specific title or keyword
- And type “subtitles” to search for available titles with subtitles
- OR type “subtitles” or “SDH” to search for titles available with subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- For example, use the search term: closed captions from history to search for content that includes keyword history and supports closed captions
- In the column on the right side of the window, click on Movies or TV Programs.
- When you find something you would like to see, click on it. Look for a caption (CC) or subtitle icon for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) icon on the product page, below its title.
Find movies and videos that support subtitles on iOS devices
- Play iTunes Store
- Touch Search
- In the search bar in the upper right corner, type a title or specific keyword for a movie you want to watch
- And type “subtitles” to search available titles with subtitles
- When you find something you would like to see, touch it. Look for a caption (CC) or subtitle icon for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) icon on the product page, below its title.
- Scroll to the bottom of an items product page and search the Languages section for information on available subtitles and subtitle languages
Please note that movies that support subtitles display a CC (Close Caption) logo and videos that support subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing display a icon SDH .
And again, not all videos include subtitles or captions.