Turn off YouTube subtitles: this is how it works

Turn off YouTube subtitles: this is how it works

Subtitles on YouTube can be useful, but sometimes they are annoying. With little effort, you can switch off the YouTube subtitles for individual videos or permanently.

By Sven Wernicke

Especially if you don't understand a language, the often automatically generated subtitles in YouTube videos are an asset. And they are not infrequently annoying – when the texts overlap content in the videos and you can no longer see everything. Fortunately, YouTube subtitles can be turned off when you don't need them. The settings differ depending on whether you use your smartphone or a computer. Luckily, adjusting the subtitles on YouTube is quick and easy.

Turn off YouTube subtitles on your smartphone


Turn off YouTube subtitles on your smartphone. Image: © Screenshot 2021

If you want to turn off subtitles for a video that you are currently watching, proceed as follows:

  1. Start the video.
  2. Tap on the video and click on the three dots in the top right corner.
  3. Decide on the menu item "Subtitles".
  4. Tap Turn Off Subtitles.

Conversely, subtitles can be switched on in this way – either provided directly by the creator of the video or automatically translated.

Tip: If available, you can save yourself this route to the settings if you can see a small symbol with CC. You can quickly switch subtitles on and off with a tap of your finger.

Permanently deactivate subtitles on the smartphone

You basically don't need subtitles because they're just annoying anyway? Then part with them permanently. You can find the right option directly in your YouTube or Google Account:

  1. Go to your profile picture in the top right of the YouTube app.
  2. There tap on "Settings" and switch to "Subtitles".
  3. Set the "Show Subtitles" switch to OFF.

At this point you can also customize the size and style of the subtitles, but you can also choose the standard language in which the subtitles should be displayed.

Note: The selection you made here applies to all YouTube videos, so that you no longer have to switch off the subtitles for each individual video.

Permanently switch off subtitles on the computer


If you wish, you can also permanently deactivate the subtitles. Image: © Screenshot 2021

If you are primarily watching YouTube videos on your computer, you will find similar options for switching off the subtitles in your YouTube account:

  1. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner.
  2. Select "Settings" and then "Playback and Performance".
  3. Uncheck "Always show subtitles".

If you want exactly the opposite, i.e. the constant display of subtitles if possible, check the box again and activate "If available, also show automatically generated subtitles".

Deactivate subtitles for individual YouTube videos

On a stationary computer or laptop, YouTube makes it easy for you to quickly turn off the subtitles for videos:

  1. Go to the video that you want to watch.
  2. Select the subtitle symbol in the lower bar to the left of the gear to toggle subtitles on and off.

You get further options by clicking on the gear. Automatically generated subtitles can also be activated in a desired language under "Subtitles". Or just switch off.

Further settings in the Google account

You can find further options for customizing the subtitles on YouTube in your Google account, provided this is connected to your YouTube profile. The most important function is the setting of the standard language and the addition of additional languages. Depending on your choice, you will get suitable subtitles for all videos on YouTube.

  1. Go to https://myaccount.google.com
  2. Scroll down and click "Language".
  3. Decide on the main language used and other optional languages.

The standard language also influences Google and YouTube searches as well as other Google offers.


  • The subtitles on YouTube can be switched on and off for individual videos or globally for all videos.
  • You deactivate the subtitles directly in a video in the settings (3 points) or by tapping the corresponding button.
  • There are additional settings relating to YouTube in the Google account.
  • If you want to make changes for all YouTube videos, you can find the options in the YouTube account.

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