Turn on audio descriptions on your Apple TV or smart TV

On Apple TV, you can turn on audio descriptions to have scenes in videos described to you.

If the video you're watching includes audio descriptions, you can find them in the Audio menu. While watching a video:

  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD: Swipe down on your remote's Touch surface to reveal the Info panel, then swipe right to the Audio panel. Swipe down and select the option that you want to use.
  • Apple TV (3rd generation): Hold down Select on your remote for three seconds to reveal the Audio tab. Select the option that you want to use. 
  • Smart TVs: While watching a video in the Apple TV app, press the down button on your remote, then select Audio. Select the option that you want to use. 

Set audio preferences on Apple TV

If you want videos to use audio descriptions by default:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Select Audio Descriptions.
    tvOS showing Audio Descriptions highlighted in the Accessibility menu.

Set audio preferences in the Apple TV app on smart TVs

You can turn on audio descriptions by default for the Apple TV app on your smart TV or other streaming device: 

  1. In the Apple TV app, select Settings in the menu bar.  
  2. Scroll down and select Accessibility. 
  3. Select Audio Descriptions and turn them on or off. 

Learn more

Not all videos include audio description tracks. Check the documentation for the video you're using to see if it includes these features.

Some third-party apps provide custom audio controls for videos. If you don't see audio controls when viewing video from an app, check the documentation, or contact the app developer for more information. 

To turn on audio descriptions on other devices, choose a device below and follow the steps:

Learn how to find audio-described content in the iTunes Store.

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