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How to Enable Subtitles on Apple TV: Enjoy the Video Without Disturbing Others

Whenever a new audio-visual technology hits the market, innovators always take care of those with hearing impairment. Apple, which is a big brand in the world of communication technology, has made available this technology (closed captioning) for users who hear hard.

Apart from this, Apple also released subtitles for people who enjoy foreign language movies. Subtitles help them understand the dialogs delivered by actors on screen.

How to Enable Subtitles on Apple TV
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But how you can enable subtitles on your Apple TV? Though this is not a single-button task, it is quite easy to enable subtitles. This facility will help you watch ghost movies late night when others in your family are having sound sleep.

How to Enable Subtitles on Apple TV

There are two ways you can enable subtitles on your Apple TV: from your Remote app and from physical Apple TV remote.

Enable Subtitles on Apple TV Using Remote App

Once you install Remote app on your iOS device, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Settings then Accessibility on iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down to MEDIA section.

Under this section, you will find Subtitles & Captioning option.

Step #3. Tap on Subtitles & Captioning.

Tap on Subtitles & Captioning in Accessibility on iPhone

Step #4. Toggle Closed Captions+SDH ON.

Turn On Closed Captions Plus SDH on iPhone

Once you enable subtitles, you can also set the style of captioning or subtitles. To do so, follow the first five steps as mentioned above.

Step #5. Tap on Style (below Closed Captions + SDH option).

Tap on Style in Media Accessibility Settings

Step #6. On the Style screen, you will find Create New Style option; tap on it.

Step #7. Now you can edit TEXT, BACKGROUND and ADVANCED sections.

Create Style for Subtitles on Apple TV

Under these three sections, you will be able to change font, font size, font color, background color, background opacity, text opacity, text edge style, and text highlight.

Enable Subtitles on Apple TV Using Physical Remote

Now, let’s see you can enable subtitles on Apple TV with the help of physical Apple TV remote.

Step #1. While the video is playing, use “Select” button.

Step #2. Now you can see a screen that allows you to select different options in your video.

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  • Jignesh

    Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting content on social media.

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  1. Hi Jignesh,

    I’m using a remote and I have turned on the Closed Captions and SDH after selecting “Accessibility”. Still some movies do not have subtitles. I had watched the “Lion” movie tonight and only the interpretation from Hindi to English subtitles were on but not when they were speaking English in the movie.
    Your help with this, will truly be appreciated.

    • While watching the movie, press the play button on the remote to show playback controls. If the movie includes closed captions, you will see a Subtitles button. Select it and choose the language you prefer. Let me know if this helps!


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