Change subtitles or languages for videos in the Apple TV app or iTunes Store

Find out how to choose audio languages, subtitles, closed captions and other accessibility features on your iPhone, iPad, computer and Apple TV.

On your Apple TV, smart TV or streaming device

Turn on subtitles or audio languages using the remote for your Apple TV, smart TV or streaming device.

Subtitles on your Apple TV, smart TV or streaming device

  1. On a Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, press the Play/Pause button while watching a video to bring up the playback controls. Or on a remote for a smart TV, streaming device or games console, press the button that brings up the video timeline.
  2. Use your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to swipe up and select the Subtitles button . Or use your smart TV, streaming device or games console remote to navigate to the Subtitles button .
  3. Choose the subtitles you want.
    Subtitle options in the Apple TV app on Apple TV, smart TV and streaming device

To change the default subtitles language in Settings, go to Settings > Video and Audio > Audio > Subtitle Language, then choose the language you want. If you don't want automatic subtitles and you're using an Apple TV, go to Settings > Video and Audio, then turn off Automatic Subtitles. If you're using a smart TV or streaming device, go to Settings > General, then turn off Automatic Subtitles.

Find out how to turn on CC or SDH by default

On Apple TV (3rd generation), hold down Select on your remote for 3 seconds while a video is playing to see the Subtitles tab.

Audio languages on your Apple TV, smart TV or streaming device

  1. On a Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, press the Play/Pause button while watching a video to bring up the playback controls. Or on a remote for a smart TV, streaming device or games console, press the button that brings up the video timeline.
  2. Use your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to swipe up and select the Audio button . Or use your smart TV, streaming device or games console remote to navigate to the Audio button .
  3. Choose the audio language you want.
    Audio Language options in the Apple TV app on Apple TV, smart TV and streaming device

To change the default audio language in Settings, go to Settings > Video and Audio > Audio > Audio Language, then choose the language you want.


On iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. While watching a video, tap the screen to open the playback controls.
  2. Tap the More Controls button .
  3. Choose Subtitles or Languages.
    Subtitles or Languages options in the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  4. Pick the subtitles or audio language you want.

Find out how to turn on CC or SDH by default

To choose the audio languages that are downloaded with your videos, open the Settings app, scroll down and tap TV, then tap Languages. Tap Add Language and choose the languages you want to add.


On your Mac or PC

  1. Move your pointer over the video.
  2. Click the Languages button .
    Audio Language button in the Apple TV app on Mac or PC
  3. Choose the language or subtitles you want to use.

Find out how to turn on CC or SDH by default


If you can't see subtitles or language options

If you can't see subtitles or language options, they may not be available for that TV programme or film. Check the show or film descriptions page in the Apple TV app to find out what subtitles or languages are available.


Turn on CC or SDH by default

If you can't see an option for SDH, you can turn on CC or SDH by default. You can also look in the Apple TV app to see whether films and TV programmes have accessibility features.

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, smart TV or streaming device

  1. Go to Settings and choose Accessibility.
  2. Under Hearing, choose Subtitles and Captioning.
  3. Choose "Closed Captions + SDH" to turn it on.
  4. To customise captions and subtitles, choose Style, then select an option.

On Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings (or System Preferences), then click Accessibility.
  2. Click Captions.
  3. Select "Prefer closed captions and SDH" to turn it on.

To customise captions and subtitles, choose from the options on this screen.

On your PC

  1. From the menu at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences.
  2. Click the Playback tab.
  3. Select "Prefer closed captions and SDH" to turn it on.

To customise captions and subtitles, choose different options from the menu next to Caption Style or click the Configure button.

Films and TV programmes aren't available in all countries and regions. See what's available in your country or region. Languages and accessibility features supported by a film or TV programme vary by country and region.

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