YouTube offers auto-generated captions for most videos. This can be the primary language of the video or any other supported language.
Almost all Youtube the videos offer closed captions that users can easily enable on desktop and mobile. By default, subtitles are only in the primary language of the video, but users can also use subtitles if the video is in a foreign language. Viewers can enable subtitles for each video or for all videos. They can be added by the creator or automatically generated by Google’s voice recognition system.
Closed captions on YouTube not only help viewers understand the content of the video when they have trouble picking up the accent, but can also help those who are hard of hearing. However, since the captions and translations are automatically generated by YouTube using machine learning algorithms, the quality of the captions may vary due to errors in pronunciation, accents, dialects or background noise.
By default, YouTube does not display captions for most videos. To enable subtitles, navigate to the target video and click the “CC” icon at the bottom. This will enable subtitles for this video. To deactivate it, just click on the same icon again. As explained by Google, the process is much the same on the YouTube app, although the “CC” icon will appear at the top of the video window in this case. Again, just like on the website, captions will be off by default, but users can tap the “CC” icon once to turn it on or tap it a second time to turn it off. Viewers can also turn on closed captions in the middle of video playback. To do this, simply hover the mouse over the video on desktop or tap on the video on mobile to see the available options.
Enable subtitles on all videos
The method described above will only enable closed captions per video, but users can also enable the feature for all videos at once. To do this on the website, log into YouTube on a web browser and click the profile icon in the upper right corner. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu and on the left sidebar of the settings page, select “Playback & Performance”. Now, in the right pane, in the “Subtitles and subtitles” section, check the box next to “Always show subtitles”. Users can also enable the “Include auto-generated captions” option to see captions for more videos. On the app, tap the profile icon in the top right corner, select “Settings”, then tap “Captions”. Finally, enable the “Show subtitles” toggle on the next page.
The closed captions are always in the same language as the video, which means that for foreign languages, users will also need to turn on the captions to understand the video content. To view subtitles on the desktop, first enable closed captions as described above, then go to video settings by clicking the gear icon at the bottom of the video window. Now click on the “Subtitles/CC” option in the small pop-up window and then select “Automatic translation”. Now from the list select the subtitle language, and Youtube will display subtitles in that language once the video starts playing.
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