How to Turn On or Off Subtitles or Closed Captions on Roku

So you’ve got Roku all connected and functional and now you’re wondering, how to see subtitles of the movie you’re watching. Here’s a quick guide on How to Turn On and Off Subtitles or Closed Captions on Roku in collaboration with Netflix. First things first, Roku is a set of digital media player devices produced by Roku Inc. This device was first introduced in 2008 and since then, it’s been offering access to streaming media content from various online services. For as low as $29.99, you can stream on contents using the Roku Streaming players. Additionally, Roku TVs are available from a variety of TV manufacturers at extremely affordable prices.

Yes, Roku has allowed you access to paid and free content from the Internet. Now you’re streaming from platforms like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, and many others on your TV. However, you can’t hear or understand what is said probably because of accent or language differences. The good news is Roku has you covered as you can turn On/Off Subtitles and Closed Captions on Roku. You can easily control Closed Captions from Roku’s Settings, or toggle it on or off while watching a show.

How to Turn On or Off Subtitles or Closed Captions on Roku

Turning on Closed Captions from Roku’s settings can be done using the steps below.

  • On your Roku remote control, press the Home button.
  • In the left column, using the down arrow button on your remote, scroll to “Settings,” and then press the right arrow button to select.

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  • Scroll to “Accessibility” using the down arrow button and select it by pressing the right arrow.
  • Select “Captions mode” with the right arrow button.

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  • You can now turn control how Closed Captions work. Turn it on, off, or set them to display only during replays. Captions will only activate when you’ve used the replay button on your remote.

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Note: Some Roku devices don’t have an Accessibility menu. On these devices, you’ll see “Captions” in the Settings menu instead.

How to turn Closed Captions on or off while watching a show

You can also turn on Closed Captions while watching a particular video.


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  • While you’re streaming a particular show, press the “*” button on your Roku remote.
  • A pop-up window should appear. In this window, choose the caption mode you prefer. Turn it On, off, or only during replays.

Also, this might not work for some streaming apps as some services require going through a different menu to manage Closed Captions.

If Closed Captions aren’t working while you’re using a particular streaming service, look for a Closed Caption setting within the options for that particular service. It would most often be on the same page that you used to pick the episode of a show you want to watch.

How to Customize Closed Captions

Roku has made using Closed Captions even better. For services that allow the use of closed captioning, you can easily customize the three elements style to suit your taste. You can change text, background, and window settings available on your Roku device. To do this;

  • On your Roku remote control, press the Home button.
  • On the left column, scroll up or down and select “Settings” using the right arrow button.
  • Select “Accessibility” and then “Caption style” open the style menu. If the Accessibility option is not listed, select “Captions”.
  • Adjust each style element to your taste. A preview displays in real-time allowing you to see the changes. Tone any of the following to your satisfaction.
    • Text – style (font) / edge effect / size / color / opacity
    • Background – color / opacity
    • Window – color / opacity

Remember, this is only visible for services with Closed Captions enabled.

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