Turn on closed captions and subtitles on your Apple TV

On Apple TV, you can turn on and customize closed captions and subtitles to read the dialogue in a video.

Turn on closed captions and subtitles

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

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

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

Set caption and subtitle preferences

If you want videos to use captions or subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing by default:

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

You can customize the style of the subtitles or captions to better suit your needs:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. 
  2. Select Style.
  3. Select one of the predefined 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 appears.

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

Learn more

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

Some third party websites and apps provide custom caption controls for videos. If you don't see caption controls when viewing video from a website, check the documentation, or contact the website owner or app developer for more information.

You can also turn on closed captions and subtitles on other devices using the steps below:

Learn how to find closed-captioned and subtitled content in the iTunes Store.

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