How to Turn Off Netflix Subtitles & Closed Captions

If you want to turn off subtitles, Netflix can be a bit confusing, but once you learn how, it's easy to do!

This article will tell you how to turn off subtitles on Netflix. Subtitles and closed captions can be helpful on Netflix, whether you're watching a show in a foreign language or need and/or prefer closed captions. However, depending on who you are watching with, group or individual preferences might change, and some may find subtitles or closed captions distracting. Let's learn how to remove subtitles from Netflix.

How to Turn Off Subtitles on Netflix

If you're looking for how to remove subtitles on Netflix, the good news is, it's fairly intuitive and easy. This also includes how to turn off closed captions on Netflix, because the two can be done from the same menu. Closed captioning is when the dialog from a movie or TV show is displayed on the screen in the language of the program, while subtitles tend to be translations of the language being spoken. Both are very helpful tools, but many do not want them on all the time. Maybe you were watching something without sound before and the closed captions were helpful, but now you have sound again and find the captions distracting, or maybe you're ready to try to understand the language of the show without subtitles. Either way, here is how to turn off Netflix subtitles.

  1. Open Netflix either in a web browser, the app, or on your Smart TV.

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  2. Select the movie or show you want to watch and bring up the menu at the bottom of the screen by tapping, or using your Smart Remote or cursor.

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  3. Select Audio & Subtitles. The icon looks like a speech bubble.

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  4. Under Subtitles, select Off.

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And there you go! If you change your mind, follow these steps again and choose the subtitles or closed captions you want. Not every movie or show will have subtitle options, but most will have closed captions.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.