How to Turn off Subtitles on Netflix

There's no law that says you need to see them

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Binge watching Netflix can be a great way to kill some time, but users need not have their experience hindered by subtitles if they are not needed. Turning Netflix subtitles off and on is a very simple process, once users access the subtitles settings on a show or film. 

Read on to learn how to navigate Netflix's subtitles settings on computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices to turn closed captioning off and on.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Desktop 

Netflix information bar with dialogue box to the right
Netflix information bar with dialogue box to the right.

Hover the mouse cursor over the Netflix screen to bring up the information bar for the video. To the right of the media's information are video settings, including Subtitles. Hover the mouse cursor over the Dialogue icon to view the subtitle settings, then select Off. This will automatically turn off the subtitles.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles Using a Browser Extension

Add Google Chrome Unsubtitle extension
Add Google Chrome Unsubtitle extension.

To turn off Netflix subtitles with a browser extension users can use the Unsubtitle for Netflix extension. This extension is specific to Google Chrome. Select Add to Chrome, and you'll be prompted to confirm the action. Select Add extension.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Android 

Select Audio & Subtitles and Off
Select Audio & Subtitles and Off.
  1. Tap the screen to bring up the progress bar for the video.
  2. Tap Audio & Subtitles below the progress bar.
  3. Tap Subtitles > Off > OK.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on iOS

Select dialogue and Off
Select dialogue and Off.

Tap the Dialogue icon in the top right corner of the screen to access the Subtitle settings. Tap Off, then X to return to the media, now without subtitles.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Google Chromecast 

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To turn off Netflix subtitles on a Chromecast dongle, users must navigate to settings from the Android or iOS device they're casting from. Refer to the instructions for turning off Netflix subtitles on an Android or iOS device listed above to complete this function.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Apple TV

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To turn off Netflix subtitles on an Apple TV device, users must use the Apple TV remote to navigate through the Netflix app's settings:

  1. For Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 models, users must hold down the center button on the Apple TV remote to access the subtitle settings.
    1. Note: For Apple TV 4 or Apple TV 4K models, users must swipe down on the Apple TV remote's touchpad to access the subtitle settings.
  2. Select Subtitles > Off > Menu to turn subtitles off and close the settings.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Roku 

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To turn off Netflix subtitles on a Roku device, users must use the Roku remote to navigate through the Netflix app's settings.

  1. Select a Netflix show or film.
  2. Use the Roku remote to navigate down and select Audio & Subtitles.
  3. The settings show subtitle options to the right. Select Off, then OK to confirm the option.
  4. Press Back on the Roku remote to return to the information screen.
  5. Press Resume playing or Play from the beginning to view the media.

If users wish to turn off subtitles after starting a video, they must press Back on the Roku remote to return to the information screen and follow the instructions above. 

Tip: Newer Roku models allow users to access the subtitle settings while a show or movie is playing by pressing the Down arrow on the Roku remote and selecting Audio & Subtitles.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Blu-ray Players/Smart TVs/Set-top boxes

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To turn off Netflix subtitles on a Blu-ray player, Smart TV or Set-top box, users must use the device's remote to navigate through the Netflix settings on the TV screen:

  1. Press the down arrow on a device’s remote
  2. Navigate to and select the Dialogue icon.
  3. Select Off to set the option.

Note: There are different brands and types of Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, and Set-top boxes, so instructions may vary slightly. 

If the device is older, selecting the show or film may first take users to an information screen, which includes an Audio & Subtitles option:

  1. Use the remote to select Off
  2. Press OK, Done or X on the remote to confirm the option.
  3. Press Back on the remote to return to the information screen
  4. Press Play to view the media. 

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on PlayStation 

PlayStation 4 controller
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To turn off Netflix subtitles on a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 system, users must use the PlayStation controller to navigate through the Netflix settings:

  1. Press the down arrow on a PlayStation controller
  2. Select the Dialogue icon.
  3. Select Off to set the option. 

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Xbox

Xbox One
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To turn off Netflix subtitles on an Xbox 360 or Xbox One system, users must use the Xbox controller to navigate through the Netflix settings:

  1. Press the down arrow on an Xbox controller
  2. Select the Dialogue icon.
  3. Press A to bring up the subtitles setting.
  4. Select Off to set the option. 

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Fire TV

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To turn off Netflix subtitles on Fire TV:

  1. Press the Menu button on their Fire TV remote or Fire TV remote app on a smartphone.
  2. Select Turn Captions Off.
  3. Press the Menu to set the option.

How to Turn Netflix Subtitles Back on 

Netflix homepage on an iPad
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If users decide they would like to view subtitles on Netflix again, they can access the subtitles settings for their device using the instructions provided above. Below Off are the languages Netflix has available for subtitles for any particular show or film. These languages include English, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Select a language and confirm the option to set the subtitles.