How to use subtitles, captions, or choose audio language

You can change the subtitles, captions, and audio language for many TV shows and movies. Netflix shows 5-7 relevant languages on TV and TV-connected devices based on your location and language settings. For iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and web browsers, you’ll see all available languages for a title. For downloads, Netflix shows the 2 most relevant languages.

You may see subtitles even if your subtitle settings are off while watching TV shows and movies that include dialogue different from the title's original language.

To use subtitles, captions, or choose audio language:

  1. Open Netflix and start playing a TV show or movie.

  2. Take the action listed for your device:



Mobile phones or tablets, computers

Tap or click the screen

Smart TV, Blu-ray players, cable boxes, gaming systems, streaming media players

Press the up or down arrow on the remote.

Apple TV 2 or Apple TV 3

Hold down the center button on the Apple TV remote.

Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K

Swipe up or press the up arrow on your Apple TV remote.

3. At either the top or bottom of the screen, select Audio & Subtitles subtitles button. On TVs, language options may appear at the bottom without the icon. You can choose from the languages shown or select Other to see all language options.

4. Make changes to your audio or subtitle selections.

Subtitle and audio preferences aren't saved when viewing most Kids titles from an adult profile. They are saved when viewing from a Kids profile. If you have to reset your audio every time you try to watch, play a title with a maturity rating of Teens or above for 2-3 mins to set your preferred audio language. This will save your settings for future viewing.

You can also change the appearance of subtitles and closed captions across your devices.

For titles available with Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH), look for the SDH badge  on a title's details page.

Some TV shows may not have SDH available for all seasons or episodes.

If a title doesn't have SDH available, you may be defaulted to subtitles that only include dialogue and don't include context like sounds or music.

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