How to turn off subtitles on Netflix

Subtitles are a useful and often downright necessary feature for all streaming platforms. For the Netflix subscribers of our readership, the O.G. streaming service is one such provider of closed captioning for multiple languages. If someone watching on your account used subtitles to watch a foreign film, you might be confused when you go to catch up on Stranger Things and find the action covered up by unnecessary yellow text. Fortunately, if you’re not sure how to turn off subtitles on Netflix, it’s a relatively simple process. The only problem is the instructions are different for every Netflix-supported device, but we have you covered.

Luckily, most devices that support the Netflix app share the same initial action: Power the app on and choose your desired series or movie. If you don’t have the Netflix app, visit your device’s app store to download it for free. If your device isn’t listed here (we include the most popular ones), there’s a detailed guide from Netflix, too.

Android devices

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  • Step 1: While your show or movie plays, tap on your screen.
  • Step 2: A Dialogue icon should appear. When it does, select it.
  • Step 3: Your audio or subtitle options will pop up. Select the off option under Subtitles.

iPhone and iPad

  • Step 1: While your show or movie plays, tap on your screen.
  • Step 2: A dialogue icon should appear. When it does, select it.
  • Step 3: Your preferred audio or subtitle options will pop up. Select the Off option under Subtitles.
  • Step 4: Tap the X icon to continue playback.

Google Chromecast

  • Step 1: While your show or movie plays, tap on your screen.
  • Step 2: A Dialogue icon should appear. When it does, hover over it.
  • Step 3: Your preferred audio or subtitle options will pop up. Select the Off option under Subtitles.
  • Step 4: Tap OK or the X icon to continue playback.

Roku

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  • Step 1: Once you’ve chosen a show or movie to watch, select Audio & Subtitles from the description page.
  • Step 2: Choose Off for subtitles.
  • Step 3: Press the back button to exit out of the description page.
  • Step 4: Hit Play to start your movie or show.

If you have a newer Roku device, you can also turn off subtitles while your movie or show is playing.

  • Step 1: While your show or movie plays, press Up or Down on your remote.
  • Step 2: Select Audio & Subtitles.
  • Step 3: Your preferred audio or subtitle options will pop up. Select the Off option under Subtitles.

Apple TV

  • Step 1: While your show or movie plays, swipe down on your remote. (for Apple TV 2 and 3, hold down the Center button on your remote).
  • Step 2: Your preferred audio or subtitle options will pop up. Select the Off option under Subtitles.

Mac/PC

  • Step 1: Open Netflix and pick a show or movie to watch.
    Step 2: Move your mouse around as your show or movie plays.
    Step 3: A Dialogue icon should appear. Select it.
    Step 4: Your preferred audio or subtitle options will pop up. Select the Off option under Subtitles.

Blu-ray Player

Note: Hundreds of different Blu-ray players exist throughout homes right now. It’s possible that the following steps will not have the same results for all devices. 

  • Step 1: Press the Down button on your remote while a video is playing on your device.
  • Step 2: A Dialogue icon should pop up. Highlight it and tap it.
  • Step 3: Different audio or subtitle choices will then appear. Under Subtitles, select the Off option to disable the feature.

PlayStation 4

  • Step 1: Pull up the in-player menu by pushing the down button on your PS4 controller while your movie or show is playing. 
  • Step 2: Scroll through your options until you find the dialogue menu. Select it. 
  • Step 3: On the screen that appears, choose the “Off” option for “Subtitles.”

Xbox One

  • Step 1: Navigate to your in-player menu by holding down the down button on your Xbox One controller while the video is playing. 
  • Step 2: Choose the dialogue menu.
  • Step 3: Under the audio and subtitle options, find “Subtitles” and switch the toggle to “Off.”

If, after these adjustments, you still see subtitles during your show or movie, you may have closed captioning turned on in your console’s accessibility settings. To turn those off, head to your Xbox One’s main settings. Choose the “Ease of Access” submenu from the list and then adjust the “Closed Captioning” toggle to “Off.”

Want to disable subtitles on your other streaming services? Here’s a step-by-step guide for turning off subtitles for both Disney+ and HBO Max.

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