How to Enable Subtitles on Amazon Prime Video

4 April 2020
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Amazon Prime is one of the leading streaming services that enables you to enjoy content on all popular devices. Every once in awhile, we get in situations where playing video with the volume turned up is not possible for whatever reason. Fortunately, Amazon Prime allows us to turn on subtitles and keep watching without disturbing those around us. Whether you're at home or on the go, click the link below to go to your preferred device and get started:

Prime Video for Browser/PC

After logging into Amazon Prime Video, select the desired Television show or movie that you would like subtitles displayed for. Once the video has begun playing move your mouse, (or tap your screen, for touch-screen monitors) to be present with the “player controls” in figure A1:


Figure A1: Player Controls for Amazon Prime Video
on PC

With the player controls showing, you will see a row of icons in the upper-right corner of the video window. If you hover your mouse over an icon, you will see a short description of what the icon is for. The icon that we are interested in, is called “Subtitles and Audio”, and resembles a speech bubble. It is pictured in figure A2:

 
Figure A2: Subtitles and Audio icon for Amazon Prime Video on PC

After selecting the “Subtitles and Audio” icon, you will be presented with the following options as shown in figure A3:


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gure A3: Subtitle options for Amazon Prime Video on PC

The default selection for subtitles is “Off”. If the video that you are watching includes other subtitle options, you can select the subtitle language of your choice. You may also see an option for “Subtitles Settings” as pictured in figure A3 above. Selecting the “Subtitles Settings” link allows you to configure the subtitles’ font size and color to fit your preference (pictured below, figure A4):


Figure A4: Subtitles Settings for Amazon Prime Video on PC

At the time of this article, the subtitles settings are only available for Amazon Prime Video on the Browser/PC.

Amazon Prime Video for Android

To activate subtitles in Amazon Prime Video for Android, follow these simple steps below.

Start the Prime Video app, and begin playing the video that you want to enable subtitles for. Once the video begins playing, tap the screen once to show the play/pause controls and other options. You will see an icon in the upper-right portion of the video that resembles a speech bubble (pictured right, Figure B1).

 
Figure B1: The Subtitles and Audio icon for Amazon Prime Video on Android

Tapping this icon will show a popup window allowing you to select your desired subtitle language (if available), as pictured in figure B2 below:

 
Figure B2: Subtitle options for Amazon Prime Video on Android


The default option for subtitles is “Off”. Simply tap on the desired subtitle language to select it, and then tap the video to resume playing it with your subtitle. Please note that not all videos have subtitle options available at the time of this article.

Amazon Prime Video for iOS

The process for iOS devices is very similar to that of Android, only the icons look a bit different. To enable subtitles in Amazon Prime Video for iOS is to launch the Prime Video app and begin playing your desired video.

 
Figure C1: The Subtitles and Audio icon for Amazon Prime Video on iOS

Next, tap the screen to show the play/pause controls and additional options, as pictured in figure C1 (right). Tapping the icon pictured will bring up the Subtitles and Audio options, as pictured below in figure C2. As before, “Off” is the default option. Simply tap on the subtitle language of your choice. And then tap the video to resume playing it.

 
Figure C2: The Subtitle options for Amazon Prime Video on iOS

Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV

The method for enabling subtitles for Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV is different from the other devices in this article. If you have been wondering how to enable them, simply follow these steps (for Apple TV Gen 4 and 4K). After launching the Prime Video app, select the video that you want to enable subtitles for, and begin playing it. Next, using your Apple TV remote, swipe down from the top to show the in-video menu pictured below in Figure D1:


Figure D1: The In-Video menu on Apple TV


Next, swipe to the left or right until “Subtitles” is highlighted. Then swipe down to move the cursor through the available subtitle options, and click once on your desired choice. Alternatively, if Siri is enabled on your Apple TV, you can also say “Turn on subtitles” to enable them on Apple TV gen 4 and 4K.

Conclusion

We hope that this tutorial has helped you enjoy your Amazon Prime Video service better no matter where you are. Especially in these uncertain times, home entertainment is more important than ever. Stay safe and happy viewing!