This guide will show you how to edit the subtitles – the font, the font size, color and even background color – for all of the videos you watch on your iPad or iPhone (specifically including Netflix).
The default subtitles that iOS uses, which carries over to the Netflix App, may not be ideal for all viewers. Here’s what they look like by default:
and here’s an example of what they can look like (when you choose your own font, size and color):
It’s a little more complicated than it should be, but we’ll take you each and every step of the way through. Here goes –
- Tap the Settings button.
- Scroll down and select Accessibility from the list of options.
- Scroll way down to the HEARING section, and tap the Subtitles & Captioning item
- Tap the Style option.
- The top section of this window will show you how your subtitles look. Tap the Classic from the list of options to preview that style.
- You can also do some basic style changes here – tap the Large Text option.
- To create a completely custom subtitle style, tap the Create New Style… option.
- In the Description section, give your subtitle style a name. Something descriptive is helpful, but it doesn’t really matter. Then in the Text section directly below the Description, tap the Font item
- From here, select a font that works best for you. As usual, you can ‘preview’ what each one looks like in the top section of the window. VERY IMPORTANT – make sure to toggle the Video Override option to OFF.
- Return to the previous screen and select a font Color and Size. Again, you must toggle the Video Override for each one to the OFF position.
- When you’re happy with the final result, open the Netflix App on your iPhone/iPad, launch a movie or show and turn on Subtitles. Ta-ta!
If you want to change the subtitles for Netflix on other devices (Smart TV’s etc) check out this guide.