Last Updated on May 27, 2021 by Mark Roberts
Subtitles or closed captions [cc] make it easier to watch and understand a movie or show. They translate the dialogues to the language that you know better. That’s why most streaming devices and platforms, including Roku device support, closed captions.
However, subtitles can sometimes be annoying (or distracting). And that’s where the need to turn off subtitles arises.
If you are a Roku user, you might want to learn how to turn off subtitles on your Roku. And if you’ve already tried doing it on your own, you might have realized that it’s not as easy as it sounds.
But you don’t have to worry! Simply follow the steps in this guide, and you’ll learn how to turn subtitles on/ off on your Roku. That said, let’s begin!
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How to Turn Off Subtitles Using Roku’s Settings
To turn off/ on subtitles on Roku for all the videos and shows, you will have to do it through the Roku’s settings menu. For that, you’ll need to follow the steps listed below, and the subtitles will be enabled or disabled in a few seconds.
(However, if you want to turn off subtitles or closed captions [cc] for a particular video/ channel like hulu, amazon prime, Disney plus on roku, jump to the next section)
1 . Start your Roku player
The first and most obvious step to start with is to power up your Roku streaming device and connect it to the internet. Also, make sure that you are using the recent software on your Roku. Otherwise, update your software.
2. Go to settings
To turn closed captions on/ off on Roku, you need to navigate to the settings menu on Roku. Press the home button on your Roku remote and navigate to the settings menu. Here, you will be able to manipulate the options and choose whether you want to turn off closed captions on roku for all shows or a particular program.
3. Open accessibility tab
Click on the accessibility tab, and a menu with several options will open. You can play around with the different caption options and set them according to your preference (if you want to or skip to the next step).
(Note: in some Roku devices, the closed captions options are available under the “Captions” option rather than the “Accessibility” option.)
4. Click on “Captions Mode”
Now, tap on the “Captions Mode” option, and here you will find three options: Off, on always, or on replay.
5. Select the captions mode you want to activate
The off option in captions mode turns off subtitles for all programs on Roku. Likewise, the on always option turns on subtitles for all shows that you watch. However, the On replay option is a bit interesting and different from the other two.
The on replay option is for those who understand dialogues a little late after being spoken in the movie or TV show. This option displays the closed captions for a few more seconds when you rewind; otherwise keeps it off.
How to Turn Off Subtitles While Watching a Show
If you don’t want to turn off/ on subtitles on Roku for all TV shows or movies, you can turn it on or off for a particular show. Most streaming channels like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Discovery Plus, etc., let you quickly turn on/ off subtitles on Roku in a few clicks.
The next time you get annoyed by closed captions while watching a show, perform the steps below, and you’ll get rid of them.
1. Once the playback begins, press the asterisk (*) button on your Roku remote, and the Options menu will open.
2. Look for the Closed captioning option and click either the “off”, “on always”, “on mute”, or “on replay” options from the menu.
3. And it’s done!
But do remember that not all streaming channels allow you to turn off/ on subtitles.
Difference Between Subtitles and Closed Captions [cc]
Subtitles and closed captions are two different things. Subtitles are subtitles that you see on TV when someone is speaking a different language. Closed captions [cc], on the other hand, are subtitles for those who can’t hear what’s being said. The difference between them is that with closed captions, you don’t need to turn your sound on in order to read what’s being said; while with subtitles, they require sound to be turned up or even have it playing in order to be able-to read them.
What To Do In Case Your Roku Subtitles are Not Working
Above, we have mentioned ways to turn off subtitles on Roku. But what to do if roku closed captioning won’t turn off or turn on or have stopped working recently.
That mainly happens on Roku devices due to some bug in the Roku device or channel you are watching. The easiest way to solve this is by reinstalling and rebooting your Roku device or clear the cache on Roku.
For example, if the Netflix app is not displaying closed captions while streaming the video, perform these steps, and it’ll get fixed:
1. Confirm that the subtitles are on for all shows and movies on Roku.
2. Remove the Netflix channel from Roku.
3. Restart your Roku device.
4. Reinstall the Netflix channel from the Roku channel store.
5. Now, the subtitles will be working again! As simple as that!
Closed captions or subtitles are helpful but may sometimes be distracting and annoying. If you hate watching shows or movies with subtitles on Roku, it’s better to turn them off using the steps mentioned in this article.
Lastly, do keep in mind that not all channels on Roku offer subtitles or closed captioning. However, for most cases, the methods given above to turn off/on subtitles on Roku will work perfectly. Hence, try them out and enjoy your shows without any distractions!