How to Turn Off Subtitles in Netflix Streaming

By David Wayne

Netflix offers a large selection of international videos through its streaming service, and no matter which device you use to watch Netflix, you can change your subtitle settings from the control panel embedded in the player. You can access the subtitle settings on most devices by selecting the “Dialog” icon or by pressing “Down” on a video game controller. Some devices, such as Google TV, Roku and many Blu-ray players, display audio and subtitle settings when you select a video, and you can change your settings during playback using your remote control.

PC, Mac, Android, iOS, Nook and Wii U

Step 1

Tap or click a video to begin playback.

Step 2

Move the mouse cursor or tap the screen to display the playback controls, then tap or click the “Dialog” icon.

Step 3

Select “Subtitles” and choose “Off.” When prompted, choose “Done” to return to the video.

Playstation and Xbox 360

Step 1

Select a video to begin playback.

Step 2

Press “Down” on the game controller to display the playback options, then select the “Audio and Subtitles” menu.

Step 3

Choose “Off” from the Subtitles menu.

Apple TV

Step 1

Hold down the “Menu” button on the Apple TV remote to go to the main menu.

Step 2

Select “Settings” and “General,” then navigate to the Accessibility menu and choose “Closed Captions + SDH.”

Step 3

Select “Off” from the Closed Captions + SDH menu. Netflix uses this global feature to enable subtitles for streaming video, so you must turn it back on to view subtitles in other content.

Google TV, Roku and Various Blu-ray and Streaming Devices

Step 1

Select a video from the Netflix streaming library. Before the video begins, an Options menu displays various playback preferences.

Step 2

Choose “Audio and Subtitles” from the Options menu, then select “Off” from the Subtitles menu.

Step 3

Press “Back” to return to the main menu, then choose “Play” to begin playback. On a Google TV, you can simply choose “Play” after disabling subtitles.

Tips & Warnings

  • In iOS, if you don't see the option to disable subtitles in the playback controls for a particular video, you can disable them globally from the Settings menu. Tap “Settings,” “General” and “Accessibility,” then choose “Closed Captions + SDH.” Like Apple TV, iOS controls subtitles and captioning for all content through this global feature. Slide the “Closed Captions + SDH” option to Off to disable subtitles for all iOS apps.
  • On Apple TV and iOS devices, you can also change subtitles' look and feel from the global Subtitles and Captioning menu. Select the “Style” submenu to control settings such as color, font, size and opacity. To enable these settings in iOS, you must turn off the “Video Override” option in the same menu.