How to Turn Off Captions on Facebook

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Social Media / Facebook

3 min read

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to turn off closed captions that show up on Facebook Live videos, and on videos that show up on your feed, we have some good news - you can.

Once a video gets uploaded on Facebook, the auto-generated captions are created and show up automatically, and this setting is enabled by default for all Facebook users.

However, since these closed captions are not transcriptions, they can be wrong at times, especially if the audio quality is not top-notch.

Hence, a big number of users don’t really like the captions feature and wish to turn them off.

Luckily, Facebook allows users to turn this feature off in their Facebook account settings, and we’ll explain all the steps.

Join us in the step-by-step process of disabling captions on Facebook in the article below, and get back to enjoying Facebook videos in no time!

How do I turn off captions on Facebook?

Facebook’s captions show up when a video is muted. However, if you play the sound on a video, the captions will disappear.

Additionally, Facebook gives users a choice to keep the captions on, even the sound on a video is playing.

Before we get into details about completely disabling Facebook captions, you need to know that disabling automated captions cannot be done for videos posted in Facebook Groups.

Disabling auto-captions on a Facebook Page

Follow these steps to disable captions on Facebook pages:

  1. Using Facebook’s desktop version, open the page you manage.
  2. Click on ‘Settings’, located in the ‘Manage Page’ sidebar.
  3. Uner ‘Page Settings’, click on ‘General’.
  4. Under ‘Auto-Generated Video Captions and Subtitles’, click on ‘Edit’.
  5. Click on ‘Don’t auto-generate captions or subtitles'.
  6. In the lower section of the screen, click on ‘Save Changes’.

Disabling subtitles on Facebook videos on different devices

Changing the device settings for iOS

To disable the auto-generated captions option, you need to have the Facebook app downloaded on your iPhone or iPad, since this method only works for the Facebook app, but not the website version.

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your phone or tablet, and click on ‘Accessibility’.
  2. Next, click on ‘Subtitles & Captioning’.
  3. After opening this section, toggle the buttons next to all activated features.

Changing the device settings for Android

Similar steps need to be taken for Android devices too. Make sure you have the Facebook app downloaded, since the method will only work for the app, and not the website version.

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your phone, and find the ‘Accessibility’ section.
  2. Under ‘Accessibility’, click on ‘Subtitles’.
  3. Toggle the button next to ‘Turn off device subtitles’, and your captions will automatically be disabled on Facebook.