How to Enable HBO Max Subtitles

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Streaming / HBO

5 min read

HBO Max is currently among the top-ranking streaming services worldwide, with over 70 million subscribers as of December 2021.

The platform functions much like all other similar streaming services - there is a limit as to how many users can watch at the same time, you can download movies offline, and you can choose from a fairly big library of movies, documentaries, and TV shows.

However, a debate that’s been around for a while comes to the surface for all streaming services, leaving subtitles on or not?

Whichever side you choose, we will give you a detailed guide on how to enable or disable subtitles on HBO Max from the device you’re using.

If you like using Amazon Prime instead, check out how to enable subtitles on Amazon Prime.

How do I enable subtitles on HBO Max?

Enabling subtitles for HBO Max is quite easy and simple on all devices, regardless if you’re using your Smart TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, a gaming console, or just using the HBO Max app from your phone - both Android or an iOS device.

How do I enable subtitles on my Smart TV?

To enable the closed captions and subtitles on a Smart TV, follow these steps using your remote:

  • Launch the HBO Max app on your TV, and play the movie/show you plan on watching.
  • Click pause, and find the ‘CC’ icon on your screen.
  • Click the ‘CC’ icon, and toggle the subtitles on if they were set as off, or vice versa.

The same process goes for nearly all Smart TV devices - Samsung, LG, Sony.

How do I enable subtitles on Amazon Fire TV?

HBO Max was brought to Amazon’s Fire TV recently, and the process of activating subtitles is not complex whatsoever. To activate them follow these steps:

  • Open the HBO Max app on your device, and play the movie/show you want to watch.
  • On the remote, click on the menu button (the hamburger icon).
  • Find the ‘Subtitles and Audio’ setting, and click on it.
  • A list of languages will show up, click on the one you want your subtitles to be in, i.e. English CC.

How do I enable subtitles on Roku TV?

As with Amazon’s Fire TV, HBO Max is relatively new to Roku devices as well. Fortunately, the process of adding subtitles is quite simple:

  • Launch the HBO Max app on your Roku device, and find the movie/show you plan on watching.
  • Click on the ‘Options’ button on your remote - the icon looks like a star ‘*’
  • Find the ‘Closed Captioning’ settings, and turn them on.

An alternative method on activating captions on a Roku device:

  • On your remote, click on the ‘Home’ button in the upper-right corner.
  • In the menu, scroll down to ‘Settings’. From there, scroll down and click on ‘Accessibility’.
  • A new menu will open up, giving you an option to change your captions mode, language preferences, and style.

How do I enable subtitles on my phone? (Android and iOS)

Changing the HBO Max subtitles on a mobile device might have one of the simplest possible solutions:

  • Launch the app on your phone and play the movie/show you plan on watching.
  • While the title is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.
  • In the bottom-right corner, click on the ‘CC’ icon.
  • Bear in mind that tapping on this button will automatically turn captions on or off. The button’s colors will switch between white and black (when turned off) and purple and black (when turned on).
  • Unfortunately, when using HBO Max from a mobile device, there are no customization options - you can’t change font sizes, colors, etc.

How do I enable subtitles on a PC or laptop? (MacOS and Windows)

If your device of choice for streaming HBO Max is a PC or a laptop, turning subtitles on and off is quite simple and can be done in a few easy steps:

  • Unfortunately, there is no HBO Max app for desktop computers or laptops. However, streaming HBO Max’s services can be done from a browser.
  • Open the website, log in to your profile using your credentials and find the title you want to play.
  • While the title is playing, hover your mouse over the screen.
  • The menus will show up at the bottom of the screen, click on the ‘CC’ icon to activate captions.
  • If you click on the gear icon, you will be given a list of options to help you customize your subtitles, such as font, font size, style, color, and opacity.

Additional FAQ

  • Can the subtitles language be changed?

HBO Max has native English subtitles regardless of whether the language of the title you’re playing is in Chinese, Spanish or English. However, in the ‘CC’ menu, you can choose from a variety of languages - but this depends on the title you’re playing. Not all titles have the same variety of subtitles.

  • Can I adjust the subtitles font size?

Depending on the device you’re using, changing font sizes can be done. For example, if you’re watching from your laptop, you will be given an option to change them. To check whether you can make adjustments when clicking the ‘CC’ button, if a gear icon shows up near, you will be given a list of options to help you adjust your subtitles.