How to Get Subtitles on Netflix

Get subtitles in your language

Netflix subtitles are great for accessibility, can help out if you need to mute the stream, and are very useful when watching any of the great content on the service that's only available in a language you don't understand. Whatever your reason, it's very easy to get subtitles on Netflix. You can turn them on at any time, and it's just as easy to turn them off later.

What Subtitles Are Available With Netflix?

Netflix offers subtitles in a very large number of languages, and the app isn't able to list every single language. In order to simplify things, Netflix automatically allows you to choose from between five and seven languages that are most likely to be relevant based on your Netflix language settings.

If you download a Netflix movie or show, the language options are reduced to the two most relevant.

If you don't see your preferred language as a subtitle option in Netflix, then the app may be in the wrong language for you. If you suspect that might be the case, we have instructions on how to change the language in Netflix.

A man and woman activate Netflix subtitles on their phone.
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How to Turn Subtitles on When Watching Netflix

The basic process of turning subtitles on in Netflix is the same regardless of the platform you use, but the specific instructions vary. You typically need to click, tap, or select a dialog icon, or an audio and subtitles text link, after which you can choose the subtitle language option that you want.

For specific instructions pertaining to the most popular Netflix devices, check out the instructions below.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on Netflix.com

  1. With a video playing, click the Dialog icon that looks like a speech bubble in the bottom right corner.

    A screenshot of Netflix in a web browser.

    If you don't see the controls, move your mouse around in the web browser to force the controls to appear.

  2. In the Subtitles section of the menu, choose a language option like English (CC).

    A screenshot of the audio and subtitles Netflix menu in a web browser.
  3. The subtitles are now enabled.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on the Mobile App

These instructions work for both Android and iOS, although the exact layout may differ based on the version of the app you have.

  1. With a video playing, tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the controls if they aren't already present.

  2. Tap Audio & Subtitles.

    A screenshot of Netflix on mobile.
  3. Tap a language option, like French.

    A screenshot of the subtitle options in the Netflix app.
  4. Tap Apply on Android, or tap the X on iOS.

    A screenshot of subtitle options in the Netflix app.
  5. Subtitles are now enabled in your chosen language.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on Fire TV

If you're using a Fire TV, the process for setting up subtitles is a little different, but it's still not too difficult. Here's how:

  1. With a video playing in the Netflix app, press the down arrow on your remote.

  2. Highlight and select the Dialog icon using your remote.

  3. Select a language option.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on Roku

Roku devices have a couple different ways to enable subtitles. On older devices, you have to do it from the description page. Newer devices let you do it while watching a video.

Here's how to turn on Netflix subtitles on older Roku devices:

  1. Launch the Netflix channel, and select the TV show or movie you want to watch.

  2. From the description page of the TV show or movie, select Audio & Subtitles.

  3. Select the language option you want, and then press the Back button.

  4. Select Play, and your video will play with Subtitles.

Turn on Netflix Subtitles on Newer Roku Devices

Newer Roku devices are slightly different from older ones. The options look different because of the updated Roku operating system.

  1. With a video playing in the Netflix app, press Up or Down on your remote.

  2. Select Audio & Subtitles.

  3. Select your preferred language option.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on Xbox One and Xbox 360

The right button combination will have you viewing Netflix subtitles using your Xbox One or Xbox 360.

  1. With a video playing in the Netflix app, press Down on your controller's directional pad.

  2. Highlight and select the Dialog icon.

  3. Select your preferred language option.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Just like Xbox consoles, you can also turn on Netflix subtitles with a PS3 or PS4. It's just a matter of using the right buttons on the controller.

  1. With a video playing in the Netflix app, press Down on your controller's directional pad.

  2. Highlight and select the Dialog icon.

  3. Select your desired subtitle language option.

How to Turn on Netflix Subtitles on Apple TV

If you're using Netflix on your Apple TV you can turn the subtitles on while you have a video playing in the Netflix app. Just swipe down on the touchpad on your Apple TV 4 remote or hold down the center button if you're using an older Apple TV remote. Then, select your preferred subtitle language option and subtitles will begin showing in your Netflix selection.

How to Turn Netflix Subtitles Off

Accidentally enabled subtitles on Netflix, and now you want them gone? You can follow the same basic instructions above, but select off instead of choosing a language, or check out our guide to turning off Netflix subtitles if you need more assistance.

What Else Can Netflix Subtitles Do?

Before you turn those subtitles off, take a moment to consider one extra way that Netflix subtitles can help. While they are primarily meant to help viewers who have difficulty hearing dialog, and viewers who have to watch with the stream muted, you can actually use Netflix subtitles to help learn a new language.

A screenshot of Netflix Language Learning.

Language Learning with Netflix is a Chrome extension that you can use in any Chromium-compatible browser. It provides the option to display two sets of Netflix subtitles at once, allowing you to see both your native language and another language on screen at the same time.

While this extension won't actually teach you a language from the ground up, it can let you compare foreign language subtitles with your native language, helping strengthen your understanding of the foreign language, or even just help you pick up some extra vocabulary.