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How to Turn Off Subtitles in Netflix Streaming

Updated July 19, 2017

Recently, Netflix introduced the addition of subtitles and closed captioning for select titles on the Watch Instantly library of streaming movies and TV shows. As of February 2011, approximately 30 per cent of the Netflix Watch Instantly library titles have subtitles, though Netflix hopes to have up to 80 per cent available by the end of the year. If you are watching one of these select titles and want to turn the subtitles off, it's as easy as pressing a button on your Netflix video player.

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  1. Log in to your Netflix account.

  2. Access the Netflix streaming title that is displaying subtitles.

  3. Click the "Subtitles" button, located between the Volume and Full Screen buttons on the Netflix video player.

  4. Select "Off" from the list of languages that appears.

  5. Continue enjoying your video without subtitles. To turn them back on, simply follow the same steps and select the language you wish to display.

  6. Warning

    Most foreign movies currently on the Netflix Watch Instantly library have English subtitles that are encoded directly into the video. You will not be able to remove these subtitles.

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About the Author

J.M. Chanel began writing in 2002 as a webmaster for an independent film company. He graduated from West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Science in journalism. Chanel has been contributing to online publications since 2010.

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