Check translated videos

How translated videos are displayed to viewers

YouTube uses signals to match a video's language (title, description and captions) automatically to viewer preferences. Signals can include a viewer's language, location and recently watched videos. These signals show videos in the language that's the best match for the viewer. This language may be different from the viewer's main language setting.

If a viewer changes their language setting on YouTube, they may not immediately see all videos in that language – even if the video has translations available in that language.

For example, if a viewer has their language set to English, but signals indicate that they also understand French, they're likely to see the original French version.

Note: We're working to make it easier for viewers to specify their language preferences.

Check how translated videos look

If you want to see what translations look like on a video, you can view the video using a different language.

  1. Open an incognito browser window using Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge or Opera.
  2. Go to your video's watch page on YouTube.
  3. Click your profile picture  and then Language and then Select the desired language.

You can also modify the video's URL to display it in a specific language. Add '&vl=' (lowercase) and the ISO 639-1 language code to the end of the video's watch page URL.

For example, to see a Japanese version of a video, you would change the URL from www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9cKgwnFIAw to www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9cKgwnFIAw&vl=ja. The translated metadata will be shown, and you can then turn on the corresponding subtitles using Settings .

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