How to Turn on Hulu Subtitles

By Tim Ashwood

A beginner's guide to displaying subtitles, or closed captions, on Hulu. An in depth look at setting these options on browsers, mobile devices and smart TVs.

To turn on subtitles in Hulu, navigate to the options (typically identified by a gear icon) and select on/available language. Whether you're watching on a desktop, laptop, mobile device or even smart TV, closed captions can be displayed on Hulu as long as they're included in the video. There are also a couple of nifty search options to find only that content with closed captions.

Displaying Closed Captions on Your Mobile Device

iPad/iPhone/iPod

Step 1

While the video is playing, tap the screen once to display playback icons.

Step 2

Tap the three dots icon to open the options.

Step 3

Tap CC to turn on Closed Captions.

Android/Windows Phone/Kindle Fire/Nook

Step 1

While the video is playing, tap the screen once to display playback icons.

Step 2

Tap the gear icon to open the options.

Step 3

Tap the available language of your choosing to display closed captions in that language.

Enable Closed Captions on Your Browser

Click the gear icon then click the on option under the closed captions heading.

Step 1

Click the gear icon during playback.

Step 2

Select the on option under the closed captions heading.

Filtering Searches for Content with Closed Captions

Check the CC box after performing a search to see only content with closed captions.

Step 1

Perform a search using the search bar on Hulu.

Step 2

In the top right hand side, check the box labeled CC. Use this to filter out any search results that don't have closed captions included.

Tip

When browsing all TV and Movies on Hulu, check the Captions box under the Filters section to only show content with subtitles.

Displaying Closed Captions on Your Smart TV

Step 1

Use your TV remote's arrow keys to navigate to the CC icon.

Step 2

Use the Select key to toggle closed captions on and off. The icon will highlight if closed captions are on.

Tip

Use the Settings icon on the main menu of the Hulu app to automatically turn closed captions on for any content where it is available.

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