Turn on closed captioning on your Apple TV

Learn how to turn on and customize closed captioning and subtitles on your Apple TV. 

Turn on closed captions

To turn on closed captions in Settings:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  2. Select Closed Captions and SDH.

If they're available, you can turn on closed captions while you watch a movie or TV show:

  • On Apple TV (4th generation), swipe down on the Touch surface to see the Info panel, then swipe right to see the Subtitles panel. Swipe down and select the option that you prefer.
  • On Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), hold down Select for three seconds to see the Subtitles tab. Then choose an option that you prefer. 

In languages and countries that support Siri, you can also ask Siri to turn on closed captions for you. 

Customize the captions or subtitles

You can customize the captions: 

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. 
  2. Select Style.
  3. You can choose one of these styles: Default, Large Text, or Classic.

You can also create your own style:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. 
  2. Select Style. 
  3. Select Edit Styles > New Style or Create New Style. You can also select an existing style to edit. 
  4. Change the font, size, and color of the text and the color and opacity of the background. A preview of the style will appear.

  5. Press Menu to save the style and set it as the default.
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