How to Manage Subtitles for Paramount+ (All Major Devices)

Subtitles are the way to go if you want to enjoy your favorite movie or TV show in silence. Similar to other streaming platforms, Paramount+ lets you turn the subtitles on and off with ease.

How to Manage Subtitles for Paramount+ (All Major Devices)

Also, there are plenty of customizations to make the subtitles fit your viewing preferences. The following sections tell you how to enable Paramount+ subtitles for various devices. Plus, you’ll find an FAQ section at the end to help you troubleshoot and personalize the subtitles.

How to Turn Paramount+ Subtitles On and Off

Some Paramount+ users complain that subtitles don’t work on specific devices or that they need to manually turn them on for every piece of content they’re watching.

Luckily, these are temporary glitches and appear to have been fixed at the time of writing. If you still have the issue, try updating first. Here’s how to turn the subtitles on and off for different streaming gadgets.

Turn Subtitles On/Off from a Fire TV Stick Device

Launch Paramount+, find the content you’d like to watch, and play it. While the stream is on, press the pause or menu button, and you should be able to see a dialog box. It’s in the upper-left corner of the screen.

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Use the arrow keys on your remote to navigate to the dialog box and select it. You need to choose the Subtitles and Audio (Closed Captioning) menu and toggle the option on or off.

Important Note for Paramount+ on a Fire TV Stick:

After hitting the menu button, there’s a possibility you’ll see just the Audio option, without any subtitles. Don’t worry. This scenario has happened to other users before, and you still need to navigate to the CC dialog box. If there’s no dialog box, pause the playback, and it should appear on the screen.

Turn Subtitles On/Off from a Roku Device

Enabling and disabling Paramount+ subtitles on Roku is super simple. You start by playing the show or movie you want to watch.

closed captioning off

Grab your remote and press the asterisk button (it’s like a small star). This action reveals the side menu, and closed captioning options should be one of the first two.

To disable the subtitles for the video you’re watching, select the “Don’t show closed captioning” option. You can also navigate to the Closed Captioning tab and choose one of the four options – On Always, On Mute, Off, or On Replay.

Important Note for Paramount+ on Roku:

Changing the subtitle preferences on your Roku might not affect the Paramount+ settings on other devices. That is, you might need to tweak the settings again when accessing the platform via a mobile app or web client.

Turn Subtitles On/Off from an Android or iPhone

The interface of the Paramount+ app is pretty much the same on Android and iOS devices. Therefore, there’s no need to include separate instructions for each operating system. And of course, this section assumes you’ve downloaded, installed, and logged into the app.

Open the Paramount+ app and tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) in the screen’s upper-left section.

Once inside the More menu, choose Settings, then tap on Closed Captions.

Thereon, you should follow the on-screen instructions to turn the subtitles on and off or choose different display preferences. Simply start the show you’d like to watch and tap the screen so that the sub-menu appears. Then, tap the Settings cog in the upper right-hand corner.

Now, you can toggle the subtitles on.

The changes should apply to all your devices as long as you’re logged in with the same account.

Turn Subtitles On/Off from a PC or Mac

Paramount+ has an excellent web client if you prefer to access the service via a browser. Again, the interface is the same on PCs and Macs, and we won’t be including separate instructions.

Launch your preferred browser, log in to Paramount+, choose the content, and play it. Once the playback starts, hit pause and click on the CC icon on the screen. The CC icon should appear in the upper right section in front of the gear icon.

The pop-up menu allows you to enable and disable the subtitles and change the display preferences. The great thing is that you get to see the changes instantly on the screen.

Turn Subtitles On/Off from a Smart TV (Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio)

After you install the Paramount+ app for smart TVs, turning the subtitles on and off is pretty much the same as when you’re using a web client. The CC icon pops up the moment you pause the playback. You then need to navigate to it to enable the subtitles.

With this in mind, the subtitles on your TV need to be enabled as well. In the following sections, we’ll show you how to make sure they’re on.

Paramount+ Subtitles on Samsung Smart TVs

Go to your TV’s home screen and use the remote to access Settings. Thereon, choose General, then Accessibility.

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Under Accessibility, navigate to Caption Settings, then choose Caption to turn the subtitles on or off. There’s a small circle next to the Caption option, and it turns green when the subtitles are enabled. Now you can launch Paramount+ and turn on the captions there.

Paramount+ Subtitles on LG Smart TVs

Take your LG remote, press the home button, and then choose the settings icon from the home screen menu. Navigate down to the Accessibility menu and select it for more actions.

closed caption

To turn the subtitles on or off, select Closed caption, and choose the desired option from the drop-down menu. You can now exit and launch Paramount+ and make the changes there. If you prefer to keep the subtitles off, the action should apply to the app as well.

Paramount+ Subtitles on Panasonic Smart TVs

At the time of writing, Paramount+ did not provide support for Panasonic smart TVs. But if you have a streaming device or a gaming console hooked up to your Panasonic, you’ll be able to enjoy the featured content.

Manage Subtitles for CBS All Access [All Major Devices]

The supported consoles and streaming devices include AppleTV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and more. And the good news is that there might be native app support for Panasonic TVs in the future.

Paramount+ Subtitles on Sony Smart TVs

Sony Bravia smart TVs run on Android, so you’ll be able to install the app directly. Here’s how to make sure Bravia’s subtitles are on.

How to Manage Subtitles for CBS All Access

Hit the home button on your remote and then choose Settings (it’s the briefcase icon). Then, choose Digital Set-up and press the round button to confirm.

In the following menu, choose Subtitle Set-up and then subtitle preferences. There’s an option to turn them off and on, plus the TV allows you to display visual aids for those with hearing impairments. It’s important to note that the visual aids might not be available for all Paramount+ content.

Paramount+ Subtitles on Vizio Smart TVs

To turn the subtitles on your Vizio TV on or off, press the menu button on the remote. Then, navigate down to Closed Captions and press the OK button.

Manage Subtitles for CBS All Access

Select On or Off using the arrow buttons and press OK again to finish up. Of course, the in-app subtitles should be enabled as well when you play the video.

Overall, there’s still room to improve the subtitles on Paramount+, but they’re generally easy to turn off and on. The improvements might come in the customization menu on some devices or in the smart TVs’ accessibility section. As the streaming application continues to receive updates, performance and functionality also continue to improve.

Paramount+ Subtitle FAQs

Paramount+ is relatively easy to use, but the streaming service isn’t without its quirks. Aside from the troubleshooting tips, this section also tells you about the different subtitle customizations.

Can I change the subtitle language for Paramount+?

By default, the Paramount+ subtitles are in English, but you can change it to a different language. However, the included languages may vary depending on the content you’re watching.

To make the changes, you need to access the CC menu after you pause the video playback. Then, navigate to the language options and select your preferred input.

Paramount+ subtitles keep coming back on. What can I do?

The first line of defense is to inspect the subtitle or closed caption settings on your TV, console, or streaming gadget. If they remain on, there’s a possibility the preference might override the in-app settings.

Another thing you can do is inspect the Paramount+ setting via the main in-app menu. To access this, you should press the asterisk button on your remote and navigate to Captions. Then make sure they’re Off.

Can the text size of Paramount+ subtitles be adjusted?

Paramount+ doesn’t feature a setting to change just the text size, but there’s no reason to worry. The subtitle settings on your streaming device or TV might have that option. Navigate to the Subtitles or CC Setting and try to find the feature to tweak the text size.

If that doesn’t work, a neat hack is to change the font size.

Can the font size of Paramount+ subtitles be changed?

Yes, the font size gets changed from the CC menu that appears on the playback screen. Use your remote or mouse to access the menu. The font size should be the first option on the far left.

There are three sizes to choose from—Small, Normal, and Large. You should know that the Large font size might appear too big when streaming on mobile devices.

Paramount+ subtitles aren’t syncing correctly. What can I do?

Out-of-sync subtitles are a rare glitch on Paramount+. And if you’re using the default subtitles, they follow the framerate of the given video.

Nevertheless, if the subtitles start lagging or speeding up, it’s best to exit the playback and then try to replay the video. Another trick is to disable the subtitles, then enable them again.

While you’re at it, move down the video timeline to make sure the subtitles get synced all the way through.

18 thoughts on “How to Manage Subtitles for Paramount+ (All Major Devices)”

Steve says:
Doesn’t work. There’s no subtitles for Star Trek Discovery at all on roku. Tried turning them off and back on.
Steve Larner says:
I got subtitles to work in Roku for CBS All Access by pressing the star button during playback and turning the Closed Captioning on. I tested it on the “older” Roku Express+ and the Roku Premiere. However, the first episode of Star Trek Discovery didn’t have it for some reason, which threw me off at first. Perhaps they messed up or overlooked it.
Kevin Downie says:
Apple TV. I’m able to find the cc menu. I can select off. Auto. Or cc but it doesn’t do anything. I can’t turn off the subtitles.
Della Rozewicz says:
Very frustrated reading the subtitles that are inaccurate and generally go away when the commercials come on. Watching Norah O’Donnels report on Jan 25th evening news. The report was about The new president. What the subtitles showed was Bush and not Biden.
Steve Larner says:
Inaccurate subtitles are probably a programming error on their end, especially since weak signals is no excuse anymore since it is Wi-Fi versus air broadcasts.
JOHN SMART says:
This does not work. On Firestick, CBS All Access never displays a Menu via the hamburger icon. There are so many UX bugs in the CBS app – it’s ridiculous.
Steve Larner says:
It’s in the top-left section between two other icons and above the words “Audio and Subtitles.” You get there by pressing pause during playback, or you can scroll down to it within the video’s description page.
Evelyn says:
Why no directions for Chromecast?
Steve Larner says:
Chromecast has too many bugs at the moment to effectively provide instructions, not necessarily always on their end. Some sources don’t include the APIs required to support subtitles yet. Also, Chromecast devices have trouble turning CC on and off during playback when triggered by certain phones, tablets, or computers. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Some apps like AMC say to click on the “CC” during a stream, while others like WB say to wait for the initial ad(s) to play and then tap on the actual video and click on “CC.” You can try those options and see how it works.
Albodr says:
On smart TV (Samsung) closed captions go out of sync halfway through, no matter what I do. This only happens with CBS All Access.
Steve Larner says:
It could be the source (PC, tablet, etc.) bogging down. It could be the Samsung TV bogging down as a low-tech or old pc would. It could even be code in the CBS All Access app. It’s too hard to tell. Perhaps try resetting the TV or first, try turning all CC settings off on the TV and then back on or reset them to default.
Robert Meigas says:
The asterisk button does NOTHING on my All Access.
Steve Larner says:
That is possible. I assume you have a Roku. In any case, try checking for updates on the app.
David Eckels says:
Bogus information for Roku. Star Trek Next Generation does not have closed captioning. Shoddy work CBS.
Steve Larner says:
That is possible. The first episode of Star Trek Discovery on a Roku doesn’t show closed captioning either, but the rest seem to display closed captioning without any problems. This scenario is usually the source’s problem, but it can also be the app, so that would either be CBS or the providers of the Star Trek Next Generation episodes. Also, all networks tend to miss captioning at times, or they choose to exclude it.
Christopher Marks says:
Using Roku. Selected closed caption to off but it still shows up
Steve Larner says:
CBS All Access is one of several apps that ignores closed caption device settings and uses its own. Try tapping the asterisk button during playback and turning Closed Captions on from there. You should see it work instantly in the background when you toggle the option on or off.
gayle weaver says:
I still cant get closed caption to work on some series. Every other orther episode will have closed captions and the others dont. I am using ROKU and a Samsung Smart TV.
I have tried just about every method suggested on this site. this is important for my husband is partially deaf and neads this option, This only happens on CBS All Access. Netflix, SlingTV and others work fine.
Steve Larner says:
There is no way to fix missing closed captioning on specific streams/episodes/movies. The source that supplied the content may have excluded closed captioning on particular streams, or the app (CBS All Access) did not include the necessary code for the CC stream to work. More times than not, it is the source that supplies the content to CBS All Access, such as BET, MTV, Nickelodeon, etc.
Stacy R Edgin says:
I am using the 2nd Generation Amazon Fire Cube. I was having a problem with the CC being on when viewing any of the Live Broadcast Channels. When I attempted to disable the CC from all the mentioned methods, there was no means showing to be able to do that. I went into the Fire Cube’s Settings and went to Accessibility and disabled the CC Function there. After doing this, the CC was gone from my Live Broadcast. To activate the CC, you need to go back and reverse the process. I hope this will be an aid to anyone experiencing the same problem.
Steve Larner says:
Great tip! Thanks.
Kira L Bricknell says:
My Sony XBR-55X950H television has the CBS All Access app. I turned on the closed captioning with my Sony remote but they appeared in the middle of the screen about a third of the way from the top blocking the faces and the program I was watching. This only happens on the CBS All Access app.
Steve Larner says:
It has got to be something in the TV’s settings. Some apps use the device settings to customize what you see, while other apps ignore device settings and use their custom options instead. Sometimes, it can be both working together. Even though CBS All Access uses its settings only, it doesn’t have a positional one. Perhaps the TV options are mixing things up somehow or creating a glitch in CBS All Access code.

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