How to Manage Subtitles for Disney Plus [All Major Devices]
From the outset, Disney Plus took the streaming industry by storm. This wasn’t surprising given the amount and scope of the included content, and that it all came at an affordable price.
In terms of customizations, there’s little you can’t do with Disney Plus. This article explores all the nuances of subtitles and provides tips to make them fit your viewing preferences.
How to Turn On and Off Disney Plus Subtitles
Enabling and disabling subtitles on Disney Plus is a breeze. The following sections provide a quick guide for various devices, including smartphones and Smart TVs.
From a Firestick Device
Pick a movie or a show you’d like to watch and play it. With the playback on, click the Up button on your remote to bring up the menu icon, and select it.
The Subtitles option appears in the menu, navigate to it, and press the selection button to choose between On and Off. Once done, you need to press the back button to exit to playback.
From a Roku Device
Again, you start by selecting the content you wish to watch. Then, proceed to the content description page and choose Options or Audio & Subtitles. Of course, you navigate using the Roku remote or click on the corresponding icon via the desktop client or app.
Within the menu, select Subtitles or Closed Captioning On or Off and hit the back button to return.
Newer Rokus – Key Tip
Press the Up or Down button on the remote to access the more menu and select Audio & Subtitles there. Other actions are the same, and this is the faster way to go.
You should also know that newer Rokus allow you to disable subtitles during playback.
From an Android or iPhone
Play a movie or a show and tap on the device’s display. This applies to all Android and iOS devices – iPads included.
Afterward, Android users should be able to see a menu icon in the left section on the screen. For iOS users, there’s a variety icon in the upper right part of the screen.
Either way, you tap on the icon and select subtitle and audio options, then tap the menu under Subtitles to turn them off and on.
Hit the X in the upper-right part of the screen to go back to playback.
From a PC or Mac
This method assumes you’re accessing Disney Plus via a browser. If so, the streaming service has the same interface, regardless of the operating system and the computer you’re using.
To enable or disable the subtitles, you need to click on the menu icon, which is located in the upper right section of the main window. This brings you to the Audio & Subtitles menu, where you can choose the preferred language as well.
If you want to turn the subtitles off, just make sure to click the corresponding option under Subtitles.
From a Smart TV (Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio)
Being able to install and use Disney Plus directly on your Smart TV is great, but how do you manage the subtitles? Below, you’ll get tips for some of the most popular Smart TV brands.
Launch the Disney Plus app, select the content you’d like to watch, and hit the play button. Now, press the up arrow two times to open the language box. It’s located in the upper right sections of the screen and you navigate via the remote.
Thereon, press the select button and go to the Audio and Subtitles menu. Under Subtitles, choose Off or select the subtitles language you’d like to use.
Get your LG remote and hit the Home button. The settings cog should appear in the upper-right part of the screen. Select it and proceed to Accessibility, then choose Subtitle.
Make sure the Subtitles section is highlighted and then choose to disable or enable subtitles. This turns on subtitles on the TV. Next, you need to launch the app and repeat the steps for the content you’d like to watch.
Turning the subtitles on and off is done via the Panasonic remote. There’s a dedicated button and it’s labeled STTL/AD or STTL. The positioning of the button may vary, but it’s usually in the middle of the remote, just above the Vol and CH rockers.
Pressing the button might instantly turn the subtitles on and off. But with some newer models, it activates the subtitles menu with more options. If you just want to disable or enable them, navigate to the corresponding section and make a selection.
Finally, make sure the subtitles within Disney Plus are enabled as well.
Grab the remote and hit the home button, then choose Settings. The option is at the bottom of the screen and, for some reason, Sony prefers to use a briefcase icon instead of the standard cog.
Once inside, select the Digital Set-up option and press the central button to confirm. Navigate to the Subtitle Set-up and press the central button again. Now, you can set the subtitle preference for the Smart TV and proceed to do the same with Disney Plus.
If you want to go back to the last content source, press Home twice.
To activate the subtitles, press the Menu button on the Vizio remote. It should be located above the navigation rockers in the upper section of the device.
Use the arrows to reach the Closed Captions option and hit the OK button to confirm. Inside the menu, you can use the left and right arrows to toggle subtitles off and on.
The Closed Captions menu also features Analog and Digital Closed Captions and Digital Style. For your intentions and purposes, it’s best to keep these as default.
There’s also a CC button on the remote and it should activate or deactivate subtitles in a single press. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t forget to enable the subtitles from the Disney Plus app itself.
By now, it’s obvious how simple it is to enable or disable the Disney Plus subtitles on any device. What’s more, this option usually works without a glitch. But there are certain customizations and troubleshooting options you should know about.
Can I Change the Subtitle Language?
The quick answer is yes, you can and you already know how to do it. When you get inside the Audio & Subtitles menu, use the arrow keys on your remote to navigate right. Then choose the preferred language from the list and make sure it’s checked.
Most of the Disney Plus content supports more than twenty different subtitle languages. However, some exotic fonts and letters might not be available.
Anyway, you should see the subtitles language preview as soon as you make the selection.
Subtitles Keep Coming Back On. What Can I Do?
Once disabled during the playback, the subtitles should stay off. But this isn’t always the case, especially with certain streaming gadgets and Smart TVs.
To find the culprit, you should double-check the in-app setting. That is, make sure the Disney Plus subtitles are off. Then proceed to inspect the option on your Roku, Firestick, or any other streaming gadget you might have.
Afterward, you can resume the playback to determine if the subtitles are gone. Sometimes this doesn’t help and you’ll need to tweak the TV settings.
Mind you, turning off subtitles on streaming devices and TVs applies across the board, not just particular content. And Disney Plus app should be able to override those to prevent annoying issues.
Can Text Size Be Adjusted?
Yes, the text size can be adjusted. Within the Subtitles/ Closed Captions menu, you’ll be able to find different text sizes expressed in percentages. All you need to do is select the desired percentage and the subtitles will automatically scale to that. But there’s a catch.
Depending on the device you’re using, the text might appear too big or too small. This is a common occurrence with certain Android smartphones, for example.
On the other hand, if your streaming device allows you to change the overall text size, you won’t need to tamper the Disney Plus settings.
Can the Font Size Be Changed?
Sure, you can easily change the font size from the Disney Plus Audio & Subtitles settings. Not only that but the menu allows you to change the font color, opacity, and edge style.
To access this option, navigate to Audio & Subtitles and select Settings. Choose the Font Size you like under the corresponding tab and check the preview in the window at the top of the menu.
For some devices, like Xbox One, you’d probably need to use a much bigger font than the original.
My Subtitles Aren’t Syncing Properly. What Can I Do?
Right off the bat, this isn’t a common problem with Disney Plus. All the content has subtitles at a frame rate that corresponds with the video frame rate. Therefore, a quick restart of the playback or the app itself usually deals with the issue.
Some streaming devices might also allow you to manually change the frame rate, and this can temporarily fix the issue. But as the video progresses the subtitles might drop out of sync again. This goes double if you’re trying to use third-party subtitles.
When streaming content via mobile devices, you should make sure that the operating system and the app are up-to-date. Otherwise, the subtitles might trail behind the audio and vice versa.
Binge Streaming – Subtitles On
When it comes to subtitles management, Disney Plus hasn’t left any stones unturned. The access is easy, regardless of the device you’re using. Plus, the customization menu is hard to rival. The only limitation is the text size on certain devices.
What Disney Plus content do you like the best? Did you have any trouble loading the subtitles? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.