How to show and force automatic subtitles on YouTube? Step by step guide

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YouTube the giant of Internet videos It is a tool well known for the large amount of useful knowledge and entertainment it provides. Because of its versatility, it is possible that many people for lack of knowledge find limitations that do not really exist.

For example with the theme of languages, when you find a video with information that you need, but that is recorded in a language that you do not handle, You immediately close the tab and go to a new search in your native language.

To avoid losing what you want to see on this platform, you should know that this has a system of subtitles quite advanced and In this article we have prepared a small guide for you to learn to activate. In such a case to force the appearance of these subtitles and enjoy them in other languages.

Why not all videos have subtitles in YouTube?

The subtitles of YouTube They are a tool that perfectly complements the video service on this page. These on many occasions can help us understand those who are in languages ​​that we do not handle, and even help people with hearing problems.

But there is a small problem and although we would like to, not all videos of YouTube They have this option available, and it's not about any problem with this one.


The drawback itself is rather that the owner who uploaded it or the youtuber who took it up did not send the document With subtitles and without this, the platform cannot integrate them automatically. For this reason, not everyone has the option of being reproduced with them.

Steps to activate and force subtitles on YT videos quickly and easily

But this is not an impediment, because now we will see how to activate or in any case force them for those who have this option available. Follow our step by step:

Activate subtitles from the computer

  • The first thing we should do is open the website or the application if it is on the mobile, and we go to the upper right corner in the button of the administration of our account.
  • Then we choose the option in the drop-down menu "Configuration".

  • Later in the menu of «Reproduction and performance» we will activate the boxes of «Show subtitles always» Y «Show automatic subtitles by voice recognition»; as long as the latter is available.

This last box works with subtitles that are not very accurate, since they work with Google voice recognition, which on the fly may present some errors.

Show subtitles always

  • Finally we will click on "Save" for changes to the account to be made.

With this we will make all the videos have active subtitles, as long as these are archived next to the video. If you don't like everyone to be with that option, you can try the following methods.

Another way to activate them is from direct video playback:

  • We find it in the lower right corner of the reproduction, selecting the «First button», or we can simply press the key «C» while we play it, it will be activated immediately in the same way.


We can also do it by pressing on the nut button in the lower right corner, and in the menu of "Configuration" click on "Subtitle", And then we will choose among the languages ​​that are available.

activate youtube subtitles from the configuration

Activate subtitles from mobile

  • To do it from the mobile is a bit simpler, since we just have to press the button of the 3 points located in the upper right corner.

activate youtube subtitles from your mobile

  • Then we will choose the option "Subtitle" and finally we will locate the language. This works the same way for Android devices than for iOS devices.


  • Subtitles in a video of YouTube they have a higher level of complexity that simply activate a box, but it is equally realizable.
  • The forced subtitles They work with almost any language, Of course, this does exist in the original one inserted in the video.
  • For this you have to know the language code in question and other codes that will allow us to make the correct call to activate them.

These codes should be added to the original link of the video just after the ones it has, which can look something like this: «Watch? V = MaCnp-yB-Yc & list = RD0VR3dfZf9Yg & index = 6» and done this we must reload the page.

Next we will show you what we should use:

  • «Rel = 0»: Turn off the suggestion of other videos at the end of playback.
  • «Hl =»: makes the call to the language of the controls of the video.
  • «Cc_lang_pref =»: makes the call to the language of the subtitles of the video.
  • «Cc_load_policy = 1»: forces the platform to show the subtitles in the video.

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The codes "hl =" and "cc_lang_pref =" after the sign "=" must bear the language code, and in both must be placed. To explain you better we will see an example of how it should be done with some of the main languages ​​we know:

  • «Hl = en»: English.
  • «Hl = es»: Spanish.
  • «Hl = es-419»: Latin Spanish.
  • «Hl = fr»: French.
  • «Hl = pt»: Portuguese.
  • «Hl = pt-BR»: Portuguese Brazil.
  • «Hl = de»: German.
  • «Hl = ru»: Russian.
  • «Hl = it»: Italian.
  • «Hl = ja»: Japanese.
  • «Hl = zh-CN»: Simplified Chinese.
  • «Hl = zh-TW»: Traditional Chinese.
  • «Hl = ko»: Korean.
  • «Hl = ar»: Arab.
  • «Hl = haw»: Hawaiian.
  • «Hl = af»: African.

It is also important that after each one write the symbol & which acts as a separator between them, except at the end of the link where we will not use it.

Normally at the beginning of the code of this interface is the word «Watch», that in case the link does not work we must replace the word "Embed."

Another thing to keep in mind is that we must extract the code from the video we want to force the subtitles on, This code is right after the «=» symbol.

video code

To this we must add at the end the symbol «?» and what is after ".com" and before the code we will replace it with «/ Embed /». The final formula is this:

Now if we use everything learned we should have something similar to this:

Video with subtitles

Can subtitles be forced for a live broadcast?

When it comes to a live broadcast, there may be certain complications in order to enjoy this service.

This is because, although it is possible to enjoy a live broadcast with subtitles, the quality of these is subject to the speaker's pronunciation or speakers in this be understandable. Since the algorithm of voice recognition of YouTube It is subject to the pronunciation, the speed of speaking and the volume being of good quality in order to detect the words.

Since this is a live video, This is not 100% controllable, so it is possible that there are some gaps in the subtitle thread or some errors.

The good thing about this is that in the end these are saved on the platform and at the end of the transmission, these errors are usually corrected and subtitles can even be translated into different languages.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! ????

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