Adding Subtitles to Your Movie or TV Show: A Step-by-Step Guide

Adding Subtitles to Your Movie or TV Show: A Step-by-Step Guide

Lights, camera, action! So, you’ve found the perfect movie or TV show to watch, but there’s one problem – you can’t understand the dialogue. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! In this guide, I’ll show you how to add subtitles to the movie or TV show you’re watching, so you won’t miss a single word.

First things first, let’s talk about what subtitles are. Subtitles are text that appears on the screen, displaying the dialogue and sometimes even the sound effects and background noises. They can be a crucial tool for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing, or for those who simply prefer to watch movies or TV shows in a different language.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s how you can add subtitles to your movie or TV show:

1. Find the right subtitles: The first step is to find the subtitles that match your movie or TV show. There are several websites where you can download subtitles in different languages. Just make sure to choose the ones that are compatible with your video file.

2. Download the subtitles: Once you’ve found the perfect subtitles, download the file onto your computer. Remember to save it in a location where you can easily find it later.

3. Check the file format: Before we proceed, double-check that the subtitle file has the correct format. Common subtitle formats include .srt, .sub, and .ass. If the file format is different, you might need to convert it into a compatible one using an online converter.

4. Rename the subtitle file: Now, it’s time to rename the subtitle file to have the same name as your video file. This step is vital, as it ensures that your media player recognizes the subtitles and displays them correctly.

5. Open your media player: Next, open your favorite media player and load the video file you want to watch. Most media players have a “Open File” or “Add File” option that allows you to choose the video from your computer.

6. Add the subtitles: Once the video is loaded, it’s time to add the subtitles. Look for the “Subtitle” or “CC” option in your media player and click on it. Then, choose the “Add Subtitles” or “Load Subtitles” option and select the subtitle file you downloaded earlier.

7. Adjust the settings: After adding the subtitles, you may need to adjust the settings to ensure they sync perfectly with the video. Most media players offer options to modify the subtitle size, font, color, and even the position on the screen. Experiment and find the settings that work best for you.

8. Sit back and enjoy: Now that you’ve added the subtitles and fine-tuned the settings, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your movie or TV show with subtitles. You can now follow along with the dialogue and fully immerse yourself in the story.

Voila! You’ve successfully added subtitles to your movie or TV show. Now you can watch and understand any video, regardless of the language or your hearing abilities. So, grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and get ready for an incredible cinematic experience! Lights, camera, subtitles, action!

How To Add Subtitles on the Movie or TV Show You Are Watching

Subtitles are incredibly useful when watching movies, whether they’re in your language or not. Sometimes scenes are too loud or accents are hard to understand, and you might miss important dialogue.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have subtitles when watching a movie or TV show. But where can you find them? Let’s find out.

Enabling Subtitles on Netflix

Let’s start with Netflix, one of the most popular platforms for streaming movies and TV shows.

Since Netflix is available worldwide, having subtitles is a necessary feature. And they’ve made it easy to enable subtitles, though the process might differ on different devices.

Here’s how you can enable subtitles on some popular devices:

Amazon Fire Stick

To turn subtitles on or off on an Amazon Fire Stick device:

  1. Launch the Netflix app on your Fire Stick device.
  2. Select the movie or TV show you want to watch and play it.
  3. While the movie or TV show is playing, press the Down arrow button on your Fire Stick remote control.
  4. Hover over the Dialog icon to highlight it and confirm your selection.
  5. You can then choose the subtitle and audio configuration you prefer.

Android Devices

Not all Android devices support the Netflix app, but if yours does, you can enable or disable subtitles. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Netflix app on your device.
  2. Find the movie or TV show you want to watch and tap on it.
  3. While the selected movie or TV show is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.
  4. Tap on the Dialog icon.
  5. Select the audio or subtitle configuration you prefer.
  6. Tap OK to resume watching.

Apple TV2 / Apple TV3

If you have an Apple TV2 or Apple TV3, here’s how you can enable subtitles on Netflix:

  1. Launch the Netflix app on your Apple TV.
  2. Select the TV show or movie you want to watch.
  3. While the selected TV show or movie is playing, hold down the Center Button on your remote controller.
  4. Select the subtitle or audio configuration you prefer for that specific TV show or movie.

Desktop Computer or Laptop

If you’re watching Netflix on your computer, here’s how you can turn on subtitles:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in to your Netflix account.
  3. Select the TV show or movie you want to watch.
  4. Hover your mouse over the screen while the TV show or movie is playing.
  5. Click on the Dialog icon.
  6. Select the subtitle or audio configuration you want for that specific TV show or movie.

Getting and Playing Subtitles for Downloaded Movies and TV Shows

Before we begin, it’s important to note that downloading movies and TV shows from torrent or similar sites may be illegal in some countries. Make sure to check your country’s laws and regulations before downloading.

Let’s see how you can add subtitles to your downloaded movies and TV shows. It requires a bit more work, but it’s not too difficult overall.

Assuming you’ve already downloaded the movie you want to watch, check its file name. The file name usually contains important information that helps you find the appropriate subtitle file more easily, such as the resolution and the source of the download.

After checking the file name, visit websites that offer free subtitles, like Open Subtitles or Subscene. Use the website’s search bar to enter the name of the movie you downloaded. You’ll find multiple options for the same movie. This is where the file name comes in handy.


For the purpose of this tutorial, I looked for the Amazing Spider-Man movie.

Now, your task is to find the subtitles file that perfectly matches the name of the movie you downloaded. Make sure it has the same resolution, special characters, and all that jazz. Once you find a perfect match, simply search for the subtitles in the language you need and download them.


In order to add subtitles to your movie, you need to move the downloaded subtitle file to the same folder as your movie. Then, play the movie using your multimedia player and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Add Subtitles” option.
  2. Select the subtitle file you just downloaded.

Keep in mind that subtitles may not always be available for the most recent movies.

Downloading Subtitles Automatically with VLC

VLC is a multimedia player that comes with many interesting features, including automatic subtitle search for movies and TV shows.

Here’s how you can enable this feature:

  1. Play the movie you want in VLC.
  2. Click on the “View” tab in the top bar.
  3. Choose “Download Subtitles” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the subtitle language.
  5. Click on “Search By Name.”

VLC will then search for available subtitles for the movie you’re playing, based on the language you specified. The options will be displayed shortly. Simply select the subtitle file you want and click on “Download Section.”

Continue watching the film and the subtitles will load automatically.

If you don’t have VLC player, you can download it here.

Enjoy Watching Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows with Subtitles

We hope this guide has helped you learn how to add subtitles to the movies and TV shows you want to watch.

If you have any alternative methods you prefer, feel free to tell us in the comments below.

Leave a Comment

Do not miss this experience!

Ask us any questions

Get in touch