How do I adjust subtitles, captions and alternate audio on my device?

Netflix allows you to adjust subtitles, captions and alternate audio for various movies and TV shows.

You can also see which movies and TV shows offer audio and subtitles in your preferred language by visiting netflix.com/subtitles. Due to the large number of languages available, Netflix only displays the 5-7 languages most relevant to you while streaming. Downloaded titles will only display the 2 languages most relevant to you. If the language you are looking for is not available, you may adjust your language preferences on your Account page, then return to netflix.com/subtitles to see more options.

Note:
Some languages may not be available in some regions, even after changing your language preference. The Netflix app may not support subtitles for non-Latin alphabets on devices manufactured before 2014.

Adjusting audio

Alternate audio changes the language of the content you stream or changes your audio to 5.1 surround sound. These options are listed with the subtitle and caption options while the TV show or movie is playing. Alternate audio options include alternate languages, audio descriptions, and commentary for select titles and regions, where available.

Adjusting subtitles and captions

Subtitles and captions are displayed in the lower part of the screen and mirror character dialogue or sound. To save or adjust your subtitles and captions settings, play any TV show or movie with a maturity rating for teens or above, for at least 5 minutes with your preferences set.

Not a fan of how the subtitles or captions look? We've made it possible for you to customize the appearance of Netflix subtitles and captions on many Netflix ready devices. Changes you make to subtitle or caption appearance will only apply to the profile you made the changes from. This feature is not currently available in all languages.

If you are watching a TV show or movie that was produced in another region, you may not have the ability to turn off subtitles. Due to content licensing, select titles may display subtitles in your region's primary language by default. (Example: Playing a title with English audio while in Brazil may have Portuguese subtitles that cannot be turned off.)

Note:
Customizing subtitles and captions for Apple TV and iOS devices must be done on the actual device, not the website. For detailed instructions for Apple TV and iOS, follow the steps below.

Choose your device below for detailed instructions on how to adjust these features.

Android Devices

Android devices that support Netflix also support subtitles. To adjust subtitles and alternate audio on your Android device:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.

  4. Select the Dialog icon .

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  6. Tap Ok to resume playback.

Note:
When viewing downloaded titles, you will only be able to select the default subtitle and audio options for your region. If you set language preferences on your account, you may also be able to select corresponding subtitle and audio options if they are available for that title.

Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3

Note:
Enabling subtitles and Closed Captions + SDH on Apple TVs will require that you have Software Version 5.0 or later installed on the device.

Subtitle and caption settings must be adjusted from the Apple TV menu before they can be adjusted in the Netflix app.

To adjust your subtitle and caption settings on your Apple TV:

  1. From the device home screen, select Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select Accessibility.

  4. Enable Closed Captions + SDH.

  5. From this screen, you can customize the appearance of subtitles and closed captions by selecting Style and choosing your preferred styling.

To enable 5.1 alternate audio on your Apple TV:

  1. From the device home screen, select Settings.

  2. Select Audio & Video.

  3. Select Dolby Digital.

To adjust your subtitle and caption settings within Netflix:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, hold down the center button on your Apple TV remote.

  4. Select your preferred Closed Caption + SDH options.

To adjust subtitle language or alternate audio within Netflix:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, hold down the center button on your Apple TV remote.

  4. Select your preferred audio or subtitle language options.

Apple TV 4

Enabling subtitles and Closed Captions + SDH on Apple TVs will require that you have tvOS 9.0 or later installed on the device.

Subtitle and caption settings must be adjusted from the Apple TV menu before they can be adjusted in the Netflix app.

To adjust your settings on your Apple TV:

  1. From the device home screen, select Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select Accessibility.

  4. Select Subtitles and Captioning.

  5. Enable Closed Captions + SDH.

  6. From this screen, you can customize the appearance of subtitles and closed captions under Style.

    • If you choose to create a new style, ensure that Video Override is turned off within the Font, Size, Color, and Opacity options.

To adjust your settings within Netflix:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, swipe down the touchpad on your Apple TV 4 remote.

  4. Select your preferred audio, subtitle language, or Closed Caption + SDH options.

    • If you do not see your preferred audio option of surround sound, refer to Apple's support site for assistance.

Computer

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the movie player:

  1. Sign in to Netflix.com.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, move your mouse over the screen.

  4. Click the Dialog icon .

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

Google Chromecast

Subtitles must be adjusted from the device that you're using with your Chromecast.

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio from your Android or Apple iOS device:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.

  4. Select the Dialog icon .

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  6. Tap the X or Ok to resume playback.

Google TV

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio on your Google TV:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. Select Audio & Subtitles.

  4. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  5. Select Play.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Subtitle, caption, and alternate audio settings must be adjusted from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch menu before they can be adjusted in the Netflix app.

To adjust your settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. From the device home screen, select Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select Accessibility.

  4. Select Subtitles & Captioning.

  5. Use the slider to enable Closed Captions + SDH.

  6. From this screen, you can customize the appearance of subtitles and closed captions under Style.

    • If you choose to create a new style, ensure that Video Override is turned off within the Font, Size, Color, and Opacity options.

To adjust your settings within Netflix:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.

  4. Select the Dialog icon in the upper right corner.

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  6. Tap the X to continue watching.

Note:
When viewing downloaded titles, you will only be able to select the default subtitle and audio options for your region. If you set language preferences on your account, you may also be able to select corresponding subtitle and audio options if they are available for that title.

Most Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, and Set-top boxes

To adjust subtitles on most Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, and set-top boxes:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. Select Audio & Subtitles from the options panel.

  4. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  5. Press Back to return to the options panel.

  6. Select Play.

On newer Blu-ray players, Smart TVs and set-top boxes, Audio & Subtitle options can be accessed while a TV show or movie is playing:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, press the Down arrow.

  4. Select the Dialog icon .

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

Note:
If you are unable to complete the steps above, subtitles are not supported on your device.

Nook

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio on your Nook:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.

  4. Select the Dialog icon .

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  6. Tap Done to resume playback.

PlayStation 3

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the Netflix app on your PlayStation 3:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, press Down.

  4. Highlight the Dialog icon and confirm your selection.

  5. Select your desired Audio & Subtitles options.

PlayStation 4

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the Netflix app on your PlayStation 4:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, press Down.

  4. Highlight the Dialog icon and confirm your selection.

  5. Select your desired Audio & Subtitles options.

Roku

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio on your Roku:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. Select Audio & Subtitles from the description page.

  4. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  5. Press the Back button to return to the description page.

  6. Select Play.

On newer Roku devices, Audio & Subtitles options are accessible while a TV show or movie is playing:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, press the Down arrow.

  4. Select Audio & Subtitles.

  5. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

Wii

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the Netflix channel on your Nintendo Wii:

Note:
Kids profiles do not have the ability to adjust subtitles or alternate audio settings at this time.
  1. Launch the Netflix channel.

  2. Select a TV show or movie using the A button.

  3. From the description page, click the Dialog icon on the right side of the screen.

  4. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  5. Click Play to resume watching.

Wii U

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the Netflix channel on your Nintendo Wii U:

Note:
Kids profiles do not have the ability to adjust subtitles or alternate audio settings at this time.
  1. Launch the Netflix channel.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, using the GamePad, select the Dialog icon on the right side of the screen.

  4. Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

  5. Press X to resume playback.

Xbox 360

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the Netflix app on your Xbox 360:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, press Down.

  4. Highlight the Dialog icon and press A.

  5. Select your desired Audio & Subtitles options.

If you've turned off subtitles in the Netflix app but are still seeing them, it's likely that subtitles are adjusted on your Xbox 360 itself. To disable them:

  1. Select Settings.

  2. Select System.

  3. Select Console Settings.

  4. Select Display.

  5. Select Closed Captioning.

  6. Select Off.

  7. Save your settings and exit, then try watching your TV show or movie again.

Xbox One

To adjust subtitles and alternate audio in the Netflix app on your Xbox One:

  1. Launch the Netflix app.

  2. Select a TV show or movie.

  3. While your TV show or movie is playing, press Down.

  4. Highlight the Dialog icon and press A.

  5. Select your desired Audio & Subtitles options.

If you've turned off subtitles in the Netflix app but are still seeing them, it's likely that subtitles are still adjusted on your Xbox One. To disable them:

  1. Select Settings.

  2. Select Ease of access.

  3. Select Closed Captioning.

  4. Select Closed Captioning Off.

  5. Save your settings and exit, then try watching your TV show or movie again.