Turn on closed captions and subtitles on your Apple TV

To see the dialogue in a video on your Apple TV, you can turn on, and customize, closed captions and subtitles.

Turn on closed captions and subtitles

If your selected video includes captions and subtitles, you can find them in the Subtitles menu. While watching a video:

  •  Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation): Swipe down on your remote's Touch surface to find the Info panel, then swipe right to see the Subtitles panel. Next, swipe down and select the option that you want. 
  • Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation): Hold down Select on your remote for three seconds to see the Subtitles tab. Select the option that you want. 

You can also quickly switch between the on and off settings for closed captions settings on your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation). Just triple-tap the Touch surface on your remote, or you can ask Siri to turn them on for you.

Choose your caption and subtitle preferences

You can change your settings so that captions or subtitles stay turned on by default. Here's how to update your preferences:

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

Accessibility closed caption and SDH settings screen

Customize the style of your captions and subtitles

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. 
  2. Select Style.
  3. Select one of the predefined styles: Default, Large Text, or Classic.

Here's how to 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 appears.
  5. Press Menu on your remote, which saves the style.

closed caption style

Use captions and subtitles with iTunes and other devices

Some content in the iTunes Store might not offer closed-caption and subtitle options. Learn how to find content in the iTunes Store that offers closed-caption and subtitle options. 

You can also turn captions and subtitles on for your other devices. To learn how, select your device from the following list:


Use captions and subtitles on your apps

Not all apps include caption or subtitle tracks. If you don't see caption controls for specific app content, check its documentation to find out if the app offers these features. You can also contact the app developer for more information.

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