Use this easy step-by-step guide to enable subtitles on your iPhone or Android.

Use our infographic to learn how to turn on captions on your smartphone to stream videos.

An increasing number of people are using their smartphones every day to stream media. In fact, according to a recent survey, 57% of U.S. smartphone users access video content at least once a month, and about a quarter do so every day. If you enjoy watching news clips, silly cat videos on YouTube, Facebook videos of your grandchildren, or any other media while on-the-go, but have some trouble hearing the audio, this quick and easy guide will help you learn how to turn on captions on your smartphone.

To enable captions on your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General, then Accessibility
  3. Scroll to the Media category and select Subtitles & Captioning
  4. Turn on Closed Captions + SDH

You can also customize the size, font, background, and color of your captions from within the Subtitles & Captioning menu by selecting Style.

To enable captions on your Android device:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility (from here you may have to choose a category, i.e. Hearing)
  3. Tap the On/Off switch for Captions (or Subtitles, depending on your device)

In the Captions/Subtitles menu, you may also have the option of turning off all sounds on your device, even if the sound mode is set to Sound. From the same menu, you can also select the language you want your captions to appear in, the text size, and even the style and color.

The instructions for how to turn on captions on your smartphone to watch videos may vary slightly depending your device. If these suggestions didn’t help you, try consulting your user manual or searching online. Make sure to include your specific model of smartphone in your search. You can also take your device to your local cellular provider, like Apple or Verizon, for personalized help.

Learning how to turn on captions on your smartphone can make a difference in the way you watch your favorite videos from your handheld device. To enjoy closed-captioned programming at home, find out how to turn on captions on your TV here.

While captions on your smartphone are helpful for watching videos, the technology does not yet include phone call captioning – however, a captioned telephone for your home does.  If you’d like to find out how captions can help you catch every word when using your home phone, read about how CapTel captioned telephones work here or call (800) 233-9130 today.

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