How to set up subtitles and captioning on your Apple devices

If you watch TV shows, movies, or videos with the TV app or iTunes and need subtitles and captioning for yourself or someone you’re with, setting it up is simple.

Your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV all let you enable and customize those subtitles and captions. Here’s how to do it with each device.


Subtitles and captions on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

  • 1) Open the Settings app.
  • 2) Choose General.
  • 3) Scroll to and select Accessibility.
  • 4) Under Media, select Subtitles and Captioning.



5) Turn on Closed Captions and SDH.

6) Below that, tap or click Style to customize your subtitle and captioning display.





Subtitles and captions on Mac

1) Click the Apple icon from your menu.

2) Choose System Preferences.

3) Select Accessibility.

4) Click Captions.

5) Pick your Style from the options.

6) Check the box for Prefer closed captions and SDH.






Customize the subtitles and captions

On each device, you have the same options for how subtitles and captioning will display. By selecting the options one-by-one, you can see how they will look

  • Transparent Background
  • Large Text
  • Classic
  • Outline Text


You can also create your own Style. On iPhone or iPad, select Create New Style. On Apple TV, click Edit Styles. And, on Mac, click the plus button.

Then, enter a Description or Style Name, depending on your device. You can choose the background color and opacity, text color and size, font style, and highlight and edge colors. This is a great way to adjust the subtitles and captioning exactly as you need or want it.


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