Netflix has become a worldwide sensation. It was a long road from its humble beginnings back in 1997 to becoming the streaming titan that it is today. Although it started in the USA all those years ago, Netflix has recently started expanding to other countries. Moreover, it has spread over various platforms, from PlayStation to Apple TV.
That has brought many new languages to the table, whether we’re talking about subtitles, dubs, or menus. Although skipping between the languages on your Apple TV isn’t rocket science, it can be somewhat challenging. Here’s how to deal with them, as well as subtitles and dubs on Apple TV.
Changing the Global Language
Netflix is a service that works based on accounts. You can stream video content on your Android and iOS devices, as well as on your TV and desktop PC or Mac. However, there isn’t a menu language option within any of the apps. That may sound like a downside, but it’s a genuinely cool thing.
You see, Netflix allows you to connect to your account, with all the settings and preferences saved from any device out there. All you need is a browser/app and a Netflix subscription. These preferences, of course, go for the language, as well.
So, how does it all work? Well, you select a language for a particular account and save it. But what happens when an error occurs and the language changes automatically? Or if you do it by accident?
You’ll need to access your Netflix account via a browser. It doesn’t matter whether you’ll be using a desktop or a portable device for this. Here’s how to do it.
First, go to Netflix’s site and sign in. Then, choose among the profiles attached to the account in question. Select the profile that you want to change the language on. Navigate to the top-right corner of the screen and click or tap the downward-facing arrow. When a drop-down menu appears, select Account, then find the Language option and select it.
That seems easy, but getting to this option without being able to decipher a word of the selected language is downright impossible. If you’re having trouble navigating your menu, you can copy https://www.netflix.com/LanguagePreferences and paste it into your browser’s URL box.
All you need to do now is select your desired language and select Save. Now, go to your Apple TV and see if the language has changed on the profile in question. If not, try signing in again, and that should do it.
Dubs and Subtitles
Naturally, Netflix does come with alternate audio and subtitle options. If you are into watching content dubbed in your language or any other language, this option exists on both Netflix and your Apple TV. If you prefer subtitles, you can have them, too.
Keep in mind, however, that the quality of these options depends and varies from country to country. Although Netflix is available in many countries nowadays, it doesn’t offer the same catalog everywhere. Subscription plans and many options vary by country, and that goes for the language options, as well.
For instance, if you’re watching a show on Netflix in Germany, you won’t get the same audio/subtitle options as if you were watching it in the States.
That said, here’s how to change audio and video language options while watching a show/movie on Apple TV. Take the Apple TV remote and swipe downwards on it. A menu will appear, allowing you to select the alternate audio and subtitle language from the list of available ones.
Keep in mind that the subtitle/alternate audio quality can vary from movie to movie, from show to show, and from country to country.
Dealing with Languages on Apple TV
As far as the global language settings go, it doesn’t matter which device you’re using. As long as you change them in your Netflix profile, the changes will appear on the TV, as well. Don’t forget to log out and log back in if the language problem persists.
When it comes to subtitles and audio dubs, selecting these is a piece of cake on Apple TV devices. A simple swipe-down will do the trick.
Has this tutorial helped you change the language for Netflix on your Apple TV? Do you have anything to add? Join in on the discussion in the comments below and don’t refrain from asking a question or two.