How to Turn off Subtitles on Netflix

There's no law that says you have to view the subtitles.

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Subtitles are valuable but not always necessary. To turn Netflix subtitles off follow these simple instructions.

We cover a variety of Netflix platforms, including phones, tablets, streaming devices, game consoles, smart TVs, and web browsers. While Netflix's user interface and settings vary somewhat from platform to platform, the gist is pretty much the same.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on a Web Browser

Netflix information bar with dialogue box to the right
Netflix information bar with dialogue box to the right.
  1. Hover the cursor over the Netflix screen to bring up the information bar, then hover over the icon indicated by a dialogue box.

  2. Under Subtitles, select Off. This will turn off all subtitles.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Android 

Follow these steps to turn Netflix subtitles off on any Android mobile device.

Select Audio & Subtitles and Off
Select Audio & Subtitles and Off.  Lifewire / Fionna Agomuoh
  1. With a video playing, tap the screen to show the progress bar.

  2. Select Audio & Subtitles.

  3. Select Subtitles > Off > OK.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on iOS

Follow these steps to turn Netflix subtitles off on any iOS mobile device.

Select dialogue and Off
Select dialogue and Off.
  1. With a video playing, tap the Dialogue icon in the top right corner of the screen

  2. Under Subtitles, select Off. Select X to return to your video.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Google Chromecast 

If you are using a Google Chromecast to cast Netflix from an Android or iOS device to your television, navigate to the Netflix settings menu on your mobile device and follow the above instructions to turn off subtitles.

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How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Apple TV

If you are watching Netflix on an Apple TV device, follow these steps to turn off subtitles.

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  1. If you are using an Apple TV 2 or Apple TV 3, hold down the center button on your Apple TV remote.

    If you are using an Apple TV 4 or Apple TV 4K, swipe down on the touchpad on the Apple TV remote.

  2. Under Subtitles, select Off.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Roku 

If you are watching Netflix on a Roku device, follow these steps to turn off subtitles.

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  1. Under the description page for a video, select Audio & Subtitles using your Roku remote.

    If you'd like to turn subtitles off after starting a video, select Back on the Roku remote to show the video description page.

  2. Under Subtitles, select Off. Select OK to confirm the setting.

Newer Roku models allow users to quickly access these settings while a video 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

If you are watching Netflix on a Blu-ray player, Smart TV, or set-top box, follow these steps to turn off subtitles.

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

Blu-ray player
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  1. Use the device remote to navigate to and select the Dialogue icon in Netflix.

  2. Under Subtitles, select Off.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on PlayStation 

If you are watching Netflix on a PlayStation 3 or 4, follow these steps to turn off subtitles.

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  1. Using the PlayStation controller, navigate to and select the Netflix Dialogue icon.

  2. Under Subtitles, select Off.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Xbox

If you are watching Netflix on an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, follow these steps to turn off subtitles.

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  1. With a video playing Netflix, select the Down arrow on your Xbox controller.

  2. Select the Dialogue icon.

  3. Select the A button to bring up the subtitles setting.

  4. Under Subtitles, select Off.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles on Fire TV

If you are watching Netflix on an Amazon Fire TV device, follow these steps to turn off subtitles.

Amazon Fire TV
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  1. Select the Menu button on the Fire TV remote. If you're casting from a mobile device, select the Menu button on the Fire TV remote app.

  2. Select Turn Captions Off.

  3. Select the Menu to set the option.

How to Turn off Netflix Subtitles Using a Browser Extension

You can use a browser extension called Unsubtitle for Netflix to remove all forced Netflix subtitles. This extension is specific to Google Chrome. Navigate to extenion in the Chrome Web Store and select Add to Chrome. You will be prompted to confirm the action. Select Add extension.

Add Google Chrome Unsubtitle extension
Add Google Chrome Unsubtitle extension.

How to Turn Netflix Subtitles Back On

If you'd like to turn subtitles back on again, you can access the settings through the same instructions provided above. Below Off are the languages Netflix supports for subtitles for a given 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.

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