How to enable subtitles for the Apple TV app and iTunes Store shows

Enable Subtitles on iPhone

Whether you need to use subtitles or find it easier to follow along more closely, you can enable these easily in the Apple TV app and for iTunes Store movies and TV shows.

There are no custom controls, complicated settings, or hidden features for simply turning on subtitles. So if you’re ready to use them for your next movie or show, here’s how to enable subtitles for Apple TV and iTunes Store shows on iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.

Make sure the show is supported

Before you try to enable subtitles on your device, make sure that the movie or show you are going to watch supports the language and accessibility option (CC, SDH, or AD) you need.

When viewing the show’s information page, you’ll see the symbols at the top for accessibility features. But if you scroll down further, you’ll see the available languages and accessibility option toward the bottom as well.

Closed Caption and Languages Movie iPhone

Enable subtitles on iPhone and iPad

Open the Apple TV app on your iPhone or iPad and start the show. Then just follow these simple steps to enable subtitles.

1) When the show begins, make sure the toolbar is displayed at the bottom. If it isn’t, tap your screen.

2) Tap the icon on the bottom right corner that looks like a comment or message icon.

3) Under Subtitles, select the language for the subtitles.

4) Tap Done and you’ll go right back to your show with the subtitles now displayed.

Enable Subtitles on iPhone Show

Enable subtitles on Mac

Open the movie or TV show you want to watch on your Mac; currently these are in the iTunes Store. To turn on subtitles, do the following.

1) When the show begins, make sure the toolbar is displayed at the bottom. If it isn’t, click the screen.

2) Click the icon on the bottom right corner that looks like a comment or message icon.

Enable Subtitles on Mac Show

3) Under Subtitles, select the language for the subtitles.

Subtitles on Mac Show

Enable subtitles on Apple TV

Open the Apple TV app on your Apple TV and start the show. Next, follow these steps to enable subtitles.

1) When the show begins, swipe down on the touchpad of your Siri remote.

2) Move to the Subtitles section.

3) Select your language for the subtitles.

Enable Subtitles on Apple TV Show

Wrapping it up

It couldn’t be easier to turn on subtitles for movies and shows on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. And if you’re interested in customizing the way those subtitles appear, check out our article on that topic too.

Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share for watching movies and shows on your Apple devices? If so, feel free to comment below!