How to Get Captions on Videos (on the web)

How to Get Captions on Videos (on the web)

March 21, 2018 12:00 pm Published by

Earlier this month, we explored the Importance of Internet Accessibility. Something I’d like to highlight in this post is how to set up automatic captions on videos. How often do you watch a video, or even a tv show or movie, and struggle to understand what they’re saying. I know I have trouble hearing video content online, – mostly due to background noise – which is why I have automatic captions set up on my Netflix account. It helps me understand the plot better because I’m processing the information both auditorily and visually. Setting up captions on videos across various platforms is easy. Let’s take a look:

  • YouTube – Who isn’t on YouTube these days?! It’s a great platform for uploading and sharing videos, and anyone with an internet connection can watch for free, regardless of their location. To turn on captions, go to the settings on, select “captions”, and you’re all set. It’s worth mentioning that some creators on YouTube forego including captions with their videos, so it’s a sort of luck of the draw, so-to-speak, which videos will have captions. Most reputable channels, such as the New York Times’, include captions with all their videos, though.
  • Netflix – You’ll have better luck with captions on Netflix. Most all the tv shows and movies have captions. What’s more, if the program is a Netflix original, there will usually be options for selecting captions as well as audio in a different language, such as Spanish. Just select the program of your choice and when it starts playing, there will be a button at the bottom of the video to equip captions and change the audio if you so wish. This is true among other big platforms, such as Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, and the Windows Store.

We at ILCNSCA know just how important it is to fully understand content accessed on the Internet. All our videos have automatic captions already in place, so you’ll always have the full story.


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