Remove subtitles and closed captions

Depending on the type of subtitles or closed captions you want to remove, you can either disable them to prevent viewers from seeing them on your video, or delete them completely from your video and YouTube account.

Automatic captions

YouTube’s automatically generated captions cannot be deleted from your YouTube account. If you’re unhappy with them, you can edit the captions, add your own captions, or follow the steps below to hide them from your viewers:

  1. Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for your video

  2. Select Subtitles and CC

  3. Click on the language you would like to disable (it should say “Automatic”)

  4. Click the Actions drop-down menu

  5. Select Unpublish

If you change your mind, select Publish to turn them back on.

Subtitles and closed captions you added yourself

If you added subtitles or closed captions to your video, you can delete them by following the steps below:

  1. Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for your video

  2. Select Subtitles and CC

  3. Select the language you’d like to delete

  4. Select the Actions drop-down menu

  5. Select Delete subtitles

  6. Select Delete to confirm the track will be removed permanently

Translator Toolkit requests

If you've requested a translation for a caption file, you can remove it following these steps:

  1. Visit the Translator Toolkit to see a list of your pending translations

  2. Select the box (or boxes) for the translation(s) you would like to remove

  3. Click the Delete menu button to remove them