Before starting with the steps to change the subtitle or audio language in Apple devices, it is important to know what’s the difference between Captions and Subtitles. While captions refer to a transcription of dialogue (a representation in writing of the actual pronunciation of a speech sound, or word) subtitles represent the translation of it (the process of interpreting words or text from one language into another). So, although both appear the same, they are fundamentally distinct.
Method to change the subtitle or audio language in Apple devices
Movies and TV shows you choose to play on your Apple devices have different language support for audio playback and captions/subtitles. As such, if the media player includes an alternative audio language, the device should readily make that language accessible while watching. You can make these changes by going to the Audio & Subtitles menu seen as the Speech Bubble icon. This tutorial will guide you through the process to change the subtitle or audio language in Apple devices
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- On your Mac or PC
Apple products are designed for all, including visually impaired people and people who are hard of hearing. Keeping this in mind, some video content seen under the iTunes Store and Apple TV app, includes support for alternative audio languages or other accessibility features such as
- Closed captions (CC)
- Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
- Audio-described (AD) content
You can use them on your iOS device, Mac computer, Apple TV, and in some other apps and services.
1] On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
While watching a movie, tap the screen to make the playback controls visible.
Tap the Speech Bubble icon.
Select the language or subtitles that you would like to use.
If you don’t see an option for SDH, or you want to turn on CC or SDH by default, navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility.
Scroll to the Media section to locate Subtitles & Captioning.
Tap the option.
Tap Closed Captions + SDH to turn it on. If you would like to customize captions or subtitles, tap Style, then choose from the options.
To select the audio languages that are downloaded with your videos, go to the Settings app, tap TV, then tap Audio Languages.
Next, choose Add Audio Language to Download and select the languages that you would like to add.
2] On your Mac or PC
Move your pointer over the video.
Click the Speech Bubble icon.
Here, select the language or subtitles that you would like to use.
If the SDH option is not visible to you or you would like to turn on CC or SDH by default, follow these steps:
On a Mac, navigate to the Apple menu, and click it.
From the list of options displayed, select System Preferences > Accessibility and then hit the Captions button in the sidebar.
Now, choose the Prefer closed captions and SDH option to turn it on. If you would like to customize captions and subtitles, choose from the options on this screen.
If you are using a Windows 10 PC, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
Open iTunes on your PC, and choose Edit > Preferences from the menu visible at the top of the iTunes window.
Next, click the Playback tab. Check the Prefer Closed Captions and SDH box to turn it on.
That’s all there is to it!