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How to Use Netflix Closed Captioning on iPhone or iPad

Updated on November 30, 2012
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

No matter how good your headphones are, if you're trying to watch Netflix content on your iPhone or iPad in a naturally noisy environment, it's gonna be difficult to understand what the characters are saying. Turning on Netflix's closed captioning feature makes it easier to follow what's being said. The feature can quickly be enabled from within the Netflix interface while you're watching your content, and even on the smaller iPhone screen the text is easy to see and doesn't interfere with what you're watching.

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Tap the "Netflix" app to open the application. Log in to your Netflix account if prompted.The Netflix logo screen displays while opening.Tap the movie or show to view.Tap the screen when the video begins playing to bring up the interface controls.Tap the speech bubble icon to the left of the volume bar on the interface controls to open the Languages screen.Tap "Subtitles" to open the Subtitles screen.Tap the language you want the subtitles to be displayed in.You'll be automatically redirected to the Languages screen.Tap "Done."The closed captioning appears in the form of yellow text in the lower-center part of the screen.
Tap the "Netflix" app to open the application. Log in to your Netflix account if prompted.
Tap the "Netflix" app to open the application. Log in to your Netflix account if prompted. | Source
The Netflix logo screen displays while opening.
The Netflix logo screen displays while opening. | Source
Tap the movie or show to view.
Tap the movie or show to view. | Source
Tap the screen when the video begins playing to bring up the interface controls.
Tap the screen when the video begins playing to bring up the interface controls. | Source
Tap the speech bubble icon to the left of the volume bar on the interface controls to open the Languages screen.
Tap the speech bubble icon to the left of the volume bar on the interface controls to open the Languages screen. | Source
Tap "Subtitles" to open the Subtitles screen.
Tap "Subtitles" to open the Subtitles screen. | Source
Tap the language you want the subtitles to be displayed in.
Tap the language you want the subtitles to be displayed in. | Source
You'll be automatically redirected to the Languages screen.
You'll be automatically redirected to the Languages screen. | Source
Tap "Done."
Tap "Done." | Source
The closed captioning appears in the form of yellow text in the lower-center part of the screen.
The closed captioning appears in the form of yellow text in the lower-center part of the screen. | Source

Setting Up Netflix Closed Captioning on iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap to open the Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Enter the e-mail address and password associated with your Netflix account if the app isn't set up to log in to your account automatically.
  3. Navigate through the available movies.
  4. Tap the "Play" icon on the movie you want to watch. The Netflix logo screen appears while the movie loads on your device. Eventually, the movie begins playing. If you're on a slow Wi-Fi connection or accessing Netflix through your cellular data provider's signal, it may take some time for your Netflix content to start playing.
  5. Tap the screen after the content begins playing to bring up the interface controls. You'll see a scrub bar along the bottom of the screen, a volume bar in the upper-right corner of the screen, and more.
  6. Tap the speech bubble icon that appears to the left of the volume bar in the upper-right corner of the screen. The Language window appears.
  7. Tap "Subtitles" to open the Subtitles window. You'll see Off as one option in addition to any languages that are available for you to view the content you're watching in closed captioning.
  8. Tap the language you want to display closed captioning in. You'll automatically be returned to the Languages screen, but this time the language you selected for closed captioning appears to the right of Subtitles.
  9. Tap "Done" in the upper-right corner of the Languages screen to return back to your movie or show. Closed captioning automatically appears in the lower-center part of your screen in the form of yellow text.

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