How to Change the Netflix Subtitles Font Size and Type

This quick guide will show you how to change the font that Netflix uses for Subtitles – you can increase or decrease the font size, use a different font entirely and more!


Please note: these changes may not be supported on all of the devices that you can use to stream Netflix videos. For example, any changes you make will not be displayed if you’re using the Netflix App for iOS (iPhone/iPad). If you want to change the Netflix subtitles on your iPhone or iPad, see this guide. Nor were the changes applied to the “Smart TV built-in Netflix App” on my mums television. The changes do work when watching Netflix through web browsers, and the Boxee Box Netflix App that I use to watch Netflix on my television also supported the changes.

Please feel encouraged to leave a comment on this guide letting us know if the changes were successfully displayed on the device/App you use to stream Netflix stuff!

Here goes!

  1. In a web browser on your computer, tablet or smartphone, visit the Netflix home page (link opens in a new tab/window) and sign in to your account. Move your cursor over your “name” in the upper-right corner until the “Options” menu expands. From that menu, select the Your Account link.
  2. Locate the MY PROFILE section and then click the Subtitle appearance link.
  3. From here you can change a bunch of the Subtitle font attributes. Click the Font ‘drop-down’ menu itself and review the available fonts.
  4. You can also change the Shadow of the font, the font and shadow colors, and the font size. There’s a “preview” window that you can use to review how your changes will appear. When you’re happy with your Netflix subtitle settings, click the Save button.

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  6. Now open up a movie or TV show on Netflix, make sure you’ve enabled Subtitles – and ta-da! – there are your new subtitles!

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  8. That’s it! You can always return to the Subtitle appearance section of Netflix to reset them back to the defaults, make other changes etc.

  • Bob Bondi

    Can someone help with setting my notebook display settings?

    I may have really messed up the way “things” are put on the notebook screen. I need the fonts larger – for everything. So, I used the Display Settings to change fonts and sizes and now lots of things are displayed incorrectly, lots of boxes. Boxes for the rating “stars”, boxes for the left arrow and right arrow Netflix uses to navigate.

  • Richard Smith

    How do i make my font size smaller on my TV while using Netflix?

  • No replies yet, good luck and let me know if you find the method to do this font size change.

  • BobBo

    Thanks for the detailed information…Bonus Points for you, hehe.

  • Susana Liston

    These instructions worked for changing subtitles in the Web Browser if I were to watch a movie on the Browser on my Android but not in the App and now you are forced to watch the App if using your phone. Thanks anyway!

  • Lisa

    I’m not sure about androids, but with iPhones/iPad, go to Settings/general/accessibility and scroll down to change the subtitles & captioning. You can create as many styles and colors as you want BUT the trick to getting them to work on the Netflix app is the video override button below each style or color. If you don’t slide that over, it will continue to show the default style Netflix chooses, which is white only.

  • I don’t think it works if you are watching from an Apple TV

  • jomana sh

    That worked for English subtitles only