Remove captions

Depending on the type of caption track you want to remove, you can either disable it to prevent viewers from seeing it on your video, or delete it 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 Captions
  3. Click on the caption track you would like to disable (it should say “automatic captions”)
  4. Click the Actions drop-down menu
  5. Select Disable

If you change your mind, select Activate from the Actions drop-down menu to turn them back on.

Captions you added yourself

If you added 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 Captions
  3. Select the caption track you’d like to delete
  4. Click the Actions drop-down menu
  5. Select Delete
  6. Click Delete to confirm the track will be removed permanently

Translations you've requested

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