How to Play With Subtitles in iTunes

Updated February 21, 2017

When you purchase or rent a movie or a TV show from Apple's iTunes Store to watch in the free iTunes media player, you might want to see subtitles when the video plays. For example, the movie's audio is in a language that you don't speak, or you want to read what people are saying to help you understand them better. You can easily change settings in iTunes preferences to enable subtitles to display in videos that come with subtitles.

Launch iTunes on your computer.

Click "Edit" at the top of the iTunes window.

Click "Preferences."

Click "Playback."

Click the "Subtitle Language" pull-down menu and then click a language. Click "OK" to save the change. Now subtitles will appear when you play a video in iTunes that comes with subtitles.

Move the pointer over a movie while it is playing and hold it until the iTunes controls appear, and then click the "Subtitles" button to toggle subtitles on and off. The "Subtitles" button looks like a cartoon speech balloon.

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Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.