Turn on closed captions and subtitles on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can turn on and customize closed captions and subtitles to read the dialogue in a video.

While watching movies, TV shows, or music videos in the Videos app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can turn on closed captions or subtitles. You can also turn closed captions and subtitles on by default, and customize the way your captions and subtitles appear.

Turn on closed captions or subtitles

If the video you're watching includes captions and subtitles, you can find them in the Audio & Subtitles menu:

  1. While watching the video, tap the screen to reveal the playback controls.
  2. Tap the speech bubble icon speech bubble icon to open the Audio & Subtitles menu.
  3. Choose the subtitles option that you want to use.

      turn on subtitles by default

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. Scroll to the Media section and tap Subtitles & Captioning.
  3. Turn on Closed Captions + SDH.

Customize captions and subtitles

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

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning > Style.

You can select one of the predefined styles: Default, Large Text, or Classic. Or to create your own style, select Create New Style. You can change the font, size, and color of the text along with the color and opacity of the background. To view your new style in full screen, tap the full screen icon 

If you want to make sure that your custom style is used for all videos that you watch on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, turn off Video Override at the bottom of each custom option's screen. If you don't turn off Video Override, your custom style might be overridden by a video's default settings. 

When you're happy with the new style, tap Save at the top of the screen. This style will be the default style for subtitles and captions.

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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