How to Turn Off Subtitles on Your Samsung TV
Turning off subtitles on Samsung TVs is a walk in the park. You can do it on all contemporary models from the Korean manufacturer. The best thing is that the same steps apply to both Smart models and regular TVs.
We’ve also included some troubleshooting tips if the subtitle won’t turn off. Here’s a hint. If stubborn subtitles bother you, the problem is not with your TV, but another gadget or service.
Turning Off Subtitles on a Samsung TV
There are a few things to keep in mind before you start.
Subtitles are available in broadcasts and apps that support them. Streaming services such as Hulu, Disney+, and Netflix have their subs, and you need to disable them for each service.
Those who still like to play DVDs and Blu-rays, turn the subtitles off and on within the disc menu. And here are the steps to turn them off on a Samsung TV.
Make sure you’re on the Samsung’s Home screen, then grab your remote and navigate to Settings using the directional pad. Then, choose General and select the Accessibility menu.
Thereon, choose Caption Settings and select Caption to turn them off. We assume that the subtitles are already on. There is a small green dot next to the Caption tab that indicates it. When you turn them off, the dot changes color.
The Caption Settings menu gives you three different options to tweak the subtitles to your preference.
Digital Caption Options
This menu allows you to change the appearance of the subtitles. You can choose a different font size, color, style, and change the background color. For the most comfortable viewing experience, it’s best to stick with white font on a black background and adjust the font size.
Here you get to choose a preferred subtitle language, but there’s a catch. Broadcasters determine the available languages. It’s advisable to keep this option on Default, but most stations will include Spanish subtitles if that’s what you need.
Separate Closed Caption
The subtitles are displayed in a different area on the screen for easier reading. If you’re used to the default position at the bottom center of the screen, this option might feel a bit strange. But it could help for some users.
Accessibility Shortcuts are available with most newer Samsung TVs. This menu features the options you use the most, making them easier to use.
To access the Shortcuts pop-up, press the Mute button on the remote and hold it for a while. When the menu appears, navigate to the Caption section with the directional pad. Select this option to turn it off. Remember that the small dot is green when the subtitles are on.
Aside from captions, the Shortcuts feature different display preferences and Samsung’s Voice guide.
Can’t Turn Off Subtitles – What to Do?
If the subtitles don’t go away after you disable them on the TV, turn them off from a third-party service.
Most set-top boxes for satellite and cable TV include subtitles, and the settings affect the display preferences. So, first, determine the source of the broadcast that features the persistent subtitles.
Next, you need to access the source settings, find the Subtitles or Closed Caption menu, and disable them there. For example, the following steps show you how to turn off subtitles on Hulu.
While the broadcast is on, take your remote and swipe down to access the playback bar. Pressing the Up button does the same thing.
Now, you need to access Settings, and you also swipe or press up. Then, navigate to the Captions & Subtitles and choose Off to get rid of the subtitles.
Subtitles vs. Closed Captions
People often use closed captions and subtitles terms interchangeably. But there is a difference.
By design, subtitles are for those who don’t understand the source language or can’t use the audio. As such, they display only the on-screen dialogs.
Closed captions also include background noise descriptions, sound effects, song lyrics, and more. They are primarily for people with hearing impairment because they communicate most of the audio to the viewer.
Displaying closed captions or subtitles depends on the source, and your Samsung TV will show them accordingly. Of course, the source settings also allow you to change font style, size, and other settings.
How About Those Spanish Soap Operas?
Subtitles are easy to turn off and on, and you don’t need to go through endless menus to find them. Should your Samsung TV become unresponsive, you only need to power-cycle it, and the issue should be gone.
What streaming services do you use on your Samsung TV? Do you use subtitles other than the English ones? Share your preferences with the rest of the TJ community in the comments below.