How to Change Subtitle Language on iPhone & iPad Video

Feb 12, 2021 - 1 Comment

English is the default language for subtitles while watching videos on an iPhone and iPad. However, this can be changed easily to a different language, if English isn’t your first language, or if you’re using subtitles for helping to learn a foreign language.

Most popular video streaming services allow users to choose a different language for subtitles. However, not all languages are available everywhere. This also depends on your geolocation, as services try to cater to the local consumers. For example, you might have the option to switch to French subtitles if you live in France, but you won’t necessary find the same if you live in India, where instead you might have the option to choose Hindi instead.

Regardless of where you reside, you will most likely be able to switch to your local language for subtitles, as long as it’s available. In this article, we’ll be discussing exactly how you can change subtitle language on iPhone and iPad.

How to Change Subtitle Language on iPhone & iPad

Changing the language for subtitles on your iPhone and iPad is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure. Without further ado, open any streaming service or media that you purchased on iTunes and follow the steps below.

  1. While you’re playing the video content, tap on the screen to access the playback menu. Tap on the subtitle icon as shown in the screenshot below. This icon may be located anywhere, depending on the app that you use for video playback.

    How to Change Subtitle Language on iPhone
  2. As you can see here, you’ll be able to choose any of your local languages for subtitles. Once you’re done selecting your preferred language, tap on “Done” located at the top-right corner of the screen.

    How to Change Subtitle Language on iPhone

That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to change subtitle language for various streaming platforms on your iPhone and iPad. Pretty easy, right?

Once you’ve set the subtitle language to a different language within a streaming service app like Netflix or Apple TV+, you don’t have to worry about repeating this procedure every time you start watching a different movie or TV show. The language you selected will remain as the default subtitle language for that particular app. Of course you’ll have to change the subtitle language in other apps however, depending on which you are using.

Similarly, you can also change the audio language within these streaming apps, if you have trouble understanding English, or if you’d just prefer to listen to the movie dubbed in another language. However, just like subtitles, you can only switch to a different language if it’s available.

If you always rely on subtitles while watching video content, you might be interested in customizing the way your subtitles look. You can adjust the subtitle font size, color, opacity, etc. to improve the readability and make it easier to read, or just more pleasant to your eyes.

Now you know how to switch to your native, local, or preferred subtitle language for watching movies and TV shows on your iPhone and iPad. As long as the language option is available, you should have no problem setting this up.

Do you have any helpful advice, tips, or interesting experiences with subtitle languages on iPhone and iPad? Let us know in the comments, and share your opinions too.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Bonnie Bowman says:

    My menu does not look like the one you show. I have Subtitles, and can select Off, or Espanol only, on the left side of their window. On the right side I have English, and Espanol, I selected English, but because I can only select Off or Espanol on the subtitles part of the window, I can’t set the subtitles to English.

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