Subtitles are great for muting YouTube videos or just watching them with a hard-to-understand video. It's easy to enable subtitles on YouTube's desktop website, but the YouTube Android app hides the subtitle settings.
About 20% of Americans suffer from some form of hearing impairment. With subtitles, you can improve the accessibility of content across all media, including YouTube. Although not all content on YouTube subtitles, but a decent part. Some YouTube content even has auto-generated subtitles.
First, you should always make sure that YouTube is up to date. Go to the following link on your phone to make sure you have the latest version of YouTube.
Open YouTube and select a video you'd like to play. During video playback, tap the video. Once you do this, a control overlay will appear over the video. Press the three-way menu button in the upper right corner. An additional video settings window will appear. Click on the subtitle button.
Find the option for "English" subtitles (assuming your phone's default language is English). There may be more than one option: "English" or "English (automatically generated)". The former applies to videos where the uploader has added its own subtitles. The latter applies to videos where YouTube's voice recognition service has automatically generated subtitles. Select one of the two options to enable subtitles.
You can also enable subtitles through your account settings. This will enable subtitles on all your devices, not just on your Android phone.
From the YouTube main screen, touch the Google sign-in screen or the icon with your initial at the top right. You get to the page "Account". Now press the "Settings" button and select "Subtitle". To turn on subtitles, switch the "Subtitle" switch. Now captions will be enabled on all available YouTube videos.
On the Subtitles screen, in the Account Settings section of the YouTube app, you have the option to change the subtitle language. Press the "Language" button to select your language. Automatically generated subtitles only work in English. If you watch a video that does not contain subtitles for your desired language, either English subtitles are displayed or nothing is displayed.
On the Subtitles screen, you can You also change your subtitles text size and style. When you tap the Text Size button, a dialog appears with 5 different text sizes. After you select a text size, the preview screen is updated with your new text size. When you tap the Caption Style button, you will see different caption style options. Once you have selected your preferred subtitle style, the preview will be refreshed.
Now you can enjoy subtitled videos. To specifically search for subtitled YouTube videos, first search for a video. On the search results page, tap the filter button in the upper-right corner. Then you can set the popup to show only videos with subtitles by clicking on the "Subtitles / CC" button. Your search now returns videos with subtitles.