Subtitles, captions, and alternate audio

You can change the audio and subtitle language for some shows and movies on most devices. When you choose an audio track or subtitle language, HBO Max will remember your preferred settings. You can also set a default language for your profile. See How do I change the language?

You can turn closed captions on or off on all devices.

Note
Some HBO Max shows and movies are available in languages other than English. For more information, see How to find content in other languages.

Which device are you using?

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Android phone or tablet

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something and then tap the screen.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Under Subtitles, tap a language.
    • Closed captions: Under Subtitles, tap English CC or Off.
  4. To change the subtitle and caption styling, tap Caption Settings, make a change, and then tap Save.
  5. Tap X to save your changes.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then tap the screen.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Under Audio, tap a language or Audio Description (if available), and then tap X to close.

For more info about audio descriptions, see Accessibility on HBO Max.

iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something and then tap the screen.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Under Subtitles, tap a language.
    • Closed captions: Under Subtitles, tap English CC or Off.
  4. Tap X to save your changes.

Customize your subtitles and captions

To customize your subtitles and captions, go to the Home screen on your iOS device, then Settings > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning > Style. For more info, see Subtitles and captioning on iOS.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then tap the screen.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Under Audio, tap a language or Audio Description (if available), and then tap X to close.

For more info about audio descriptions, see Accessibility on HBO Max.

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Subtitles or captions

  1. Start watching something and then click the screen.
  2. In the lower-right corner, choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Under Subtitles, choose a language.
    • Closed captions: Under Subtitles, click English CC or Off.
  4. To change the subtitle and caption styling, choose Caption Settings.
  5. Click X to save your changes.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then click the screen.
  2. In the lower-right corner, click the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Under Audio, choose a language or Audio Description (if available), and then click X to close.

For more info about audio descriptions, see Accessibility on HBO Max.

Safari: Can't turn off captions

The Audio and Subtitles button doesn't toggle closed captions that you've set in macOS System Preferences. To turn off closed captions set in your Mac System Preferences, do the following:

  1. Choose the Apple menu (upper-left corner) and select System Preferences.
  2. Choose Accessibility and then choose Captions.
  3. Clear the Prefer closed captions and SDH check box. If the check box is already cleared, select the check box, and then clear it again.

When you go back to HBO Max, click the Audio and Subtitles button to turn closed captions on or off.

Choose the device you're using:

Android TV

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something and then press the Select button on your remote (center of the navigational ring).
  2. Move down and choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Choose a subtitle language.
    • Closed captions: Choose English CC.
  4. Press the back button to save your changes.

To change the caption styling, choose your profile icon (upper-left corner), and then choose Closed Captioning.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then press the Select button on your remote (center of the navigational ring).
  2. Move down and choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Under Audio, choose a language or Audio Description (if available).
  4. Press the back button to save your changes.

For more info about audio descriptions, see Accessibility on HBO Max.

Apple TV

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something, then swipe down on the Apple TV remote.
  2. Choose Subtitles.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Choose a subtitle language.
    • Closed captions: Select Subtitles, then choose English CC or Off.
  4. Swipe up to save your changes.

To change the caption styling, go to Settings > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning > Style on your Apple TV. For more info, see Subtitles and captioning on Apple TV.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something, then swipe down on the Apple TV remote.
  2. Choose Audio.
  3. Choose an alternate language or Audio Descriptions (if available).
  4. Swipe up to save your changes.

For more info about audio descriptions, see Accessibility on HBO Max.

LG Smart TV

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something and then press the Select button on your remote (D-pad center button).
  2. Move down and choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Choose a subtitle language.
    • Closed captions: Choose English CC.
  4. Press the back button to save your changes.

To change the caption styling, choose your profile icon (upper-left corner), and then choose Closed Captioning.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then press the Select button on your remote (D-pad center button).
  2. Move down and choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Under Audio, choose a language (if available).
  4. Press the back button to save your changes.
Roku

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  • While a video is playing, press the Star button (*) on your Roku remote and then choose: On replay, Off, or On always. You can also choose your profile icon on the Home screen (upper-left) and then choose Closed Captions.
  • To change the subtitle language, press the Star button (*) and navigate to Accessibility > Captioning Track and select your language.

To change the caption styling, press the Home button on your Roku remote and then go to Settings > Accessibility (or Captions) > Caption style. For more info, go to Roku Help: Closed captioning.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  • While a video is playing, press the Star button (*) button to view available audio languages.
Samsung TV

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something, and then press the Down button on your remote.
  2. Choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Select one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Choose a subtitle language.
    • Closed captions: Choose English CC.
  4. Press the back button to save your changes.

To change the caption styling, choose your profile icon (upper-left corner), and then choose Closed Captioning.

If the above closed caption steps don't work, change the closed caption setting on your Samsung TV. To do this, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Caption settings or try pressing the CC button on your remote control (settings and remotes vary depending by TV model).

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then press the down button on your remote.
  2. Choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Under Audio, choose a language (if available).
  4. Press the back button to save your changes.
Xbox console

You can turn captions or subtitles on or off, customize their appearance, and choose an alternate audio track.

Subtitles or captions

To change subtitles or closed captions:

  1. Start watching something and then press the A button on your Xbox controller.
  2. Move down and choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Subtitles: Choose a subtitle language.
    • Closed captions: Choose English CC.
  4. Press the B button to save your changes.

To find out how to change the caption styling, go to Xbox: Closed captioning settings.

Alternate audio

Some shows and movies have alternate audio tracks available. To switch audio tracks:

  1. Start watching something and then press the A button on your Xbox controller.
  2. Move down and choose the Audio and Subtitles button (speech bubble).
  3. Choose an alternate language or Audio Descriptions (if available).
  4. Press the B button to save your changes.

For more info about audio descriptions, see Accessibility on HBO Max.