Manage subtitle settings

Captions (subtitles) are available on videos where the owner has added them, and on some videos where YouTube automatically adds them. You can change the default settings for captions on your computer or mobile device.

Caption settings on YouTube

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You can customize captions by changing their appearance and language.

Turn captions on or off

  1. Go to the watch page of any video.
  2. Tap the video player once to show options, then, tap  to turn on Captions.
  3. To turn off Captions, tap again.
Note: If you don’t see , then Closed Captions (CC) aren’t available for this video.

Change default size & style of captions

  1. Tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Captions.
  4. Tap “Caption size and style” to change the default size and font.

Change default on or off setting

  1. Tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Captions.
  4. Tap Show captions to always serve captions when available.

Select caption language

To choose a different caption language:
  1. At the top right of the video player, click More .
  2. Click Captions.
  3. Select a language.
If the language isn't listed when you click Subtitles/CC:
  1. Click Auto-translate.
  2. Select a language.

View captions transcript

For videos with captions, you can view the full captions transcript, and jump to specific parts of the video.

  1. Go to the video description, and tap Show transcript. As you watch the video, the transcript will scroll to show you the current caption text.

  2. Tap any line of caption text to jump to that part of the video.

Note: Some videos will allow you to search by typing specific keywords in the search bar at the top of the transcript.

Caption settings on TV & game consoles

You can select or change your caption settings on any TV, game console, or media device that supports YouTube.

  1. Pause the video that you’re playing.
  2. Tap Captions .
  3. Select the language you that want Captions in.
  4. Select Caption style.
  5. Select the settings that you want to customize. You can change the font and its appearance. You can also change the background and window that the captions are displayed in.
Note: If the video doesn't offer captions,  might show but won't be selectable. If  doesn’t show, captions aren’t available for that video.

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