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How to Download and Add Subtitles to Videos (Windows, macOS, Android and iOS)

As entertainment crosses the language barriers, more and more people have started watching foreign languages films and TV shows, ensuring an ever-increasing need for quality subtitles. Admittedly, subtitles may not be the most classy solution to the problem but they are accommodating in cases where you are unable to find a dubbed version of the video you are so dying to see, and in my opinion, they are also helping to preserve the obsession factor, something that is lost in dubs.

Although they are several other reasons because of which you might be looking for subtitles and in case you haven’t figured it out by now how to download and add it to your videos yet, we have assembled a simple tutorial that will walk you through all the steps you need to get it done:

How to Download Subtitles for Videos?

First, to begin with, you will have to know how to download, and more importantly where to download subtitles for videos. While it will be pretty easy for you to Google and get subtitles for whatever video you want to watch, there is an essential chance that you will land on a shady webpage that is plagued with ads and malware.

So to avoid that, you can head on to the following websites to download your subtitles:

Subscene

This website Subscene is my favourite of them all if I am looking for movies or TV shows and usually, it’s the first website I have to visit to download subtitles. The subtitle selection is quite large, and it’s quite likely that you will find subtitle for even the most obscure videos. And on top of that, the website also has a large selection of subtitles for music videos, which can come in handy at a time when you are not able to figure out what the music artist is saying. This website also covers a large number of languages, so no matter where you are from, there is always a subtitle in your native language.

Available languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Burmese, German, Greek, Greenlandic, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, French, Georgian, Kannada, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Manipuri, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Sudanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Open Subtitles

Whenever I am not able to find the subtitle for a particular video in Subscene, i head straight to Open Subtitles which also have a vast collection of subtitles in different languages. Open Subtitles has a more modern user interface (UI) when compared to Subscene which is quite exciting and, and the website also allows you to search for subtitles by merely dragging and dropping the video file into the search box. And unlike Subscene, Open Subtitles does not offer any subtitles for music videos, and it doesn’t support as many languages as Subscene.

Available languages: English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Albanian, Slovenian, Chinese (Traditional), Sinhalese, Urdu, Basque, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, Turkish, Arabic, Galician, Bulgarian, Czech, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Thai, Tagalog, Greek, Serbian, Malay, Estonian, Khmer, Georgian, Hungarian, Occitan, Indonesian, Uzbek, Catalan, Russian, Icelandic, Swedish, German, Ukrainian, Persian, Abkhazian, Japanese, Croatian, Macedonian, Bengali, Azerbaijani, Hindi, Esperanto, Breton, Asturian.

However, if by chance you are still unable to find the subtitles you are looking for on either website, then you can check out TV Subtitles, Movie Subtitles, and SubsMax. However, i would not recommend these websites over the former because they are loaded with misleading links and ads which might redirect you to a malicious website if you are not careful.

How to Download Subtitles from YouTube?

A high number of videos on YouTube feature closed captions in a variety of multiple languages, and if you ever needed to download a youtube video, you may also need to download the subtitles along alongside.

The process of downloading subtitles for youtube videos is quite simple when compared to the process of downloading subtitle file for other videos, and all it requires is to paste the link of the YouTube video on SaveSubs, and then click on the Extract & Download button and you will instantly see an option to download the available subtitles.

SaveSubs also gives users the option to translate the subtitles before proceeding to download, which can come in handy if the original subtitle file is not in your native language or required language. The fantastic thing about this website is that it works with videos uploaded on Facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo, which means that you will be able to easily download subtitles for them by just posting a link to the video.

How to Add Subtitles to Downloaded Videos?

Now that you have managed to download the videos you need, guess you will probably be wondering how you can get the subtitles to the videos. There are various ways in which you can add subtitle track to your already downloaded videos depending on the platform you are on and in order to simplify the process we have made a list of some ways in which you can add subtitles to videos on Windows, Android, macOS and iOS using the most popular players on each of these platforms:

How to Add Subtitles on Windows?

For Windows Users: How to Add Subtitles on VLC Media Player

Majority of Windows users only depend on the VLC media player to playback their video on their devices, making it the most used media player in the Windows ecosystem. So if you are of the several people who use the VLC media player and have not tried to figure out how to add subtitles to a video, then you can follow these step-by-step guide to adding subtitles to your video file:

Launch the video file you want to play on VLC and click on the “Subtitle” tab on the home screen.

Click on “Add Subtitle File” option from the drop-down menu, then go to the downloaded subtitle file and select.

However, if you have gotten the proper subtitle file which is in (.srt extension) for the video, then you should now have a working subtitle for your video enjoyment. And in case the subtitle file has different language tracks, you can switch between each available tracks by clicking on the “Sub Track” option on the drop-down menu.

For Windows Users: How to Add Subtitle on MPC-HC Media Player

Launch the video file you want to play and then click on the “File” tab on the home screen of the player.

Select the Subtitles option in the drop-down menu and then click on Load Subtitles, finally navigate to the subtitle file you’ve downloaded and select it to add it to the video file.

And again, if you have the correct subtitle file for the video, the subtitles will constantly start working as the video is played. In case you don’t have the right subtitle track, MPC-HC also has a default option for you to download the subtitle track (using the shortcut key: D) which must be done from within the media player and it can be seen in the same drop-down menu.

How to Add Subtitles on macOS?

For macOS Users: How to Download Subtitles on VLC Media Player

The VLC Media Player has a handy option or functionality that lets you download subtitles for a video file directly rather than having you search for the subtitle file on the internet. So here is how you can download subtitles in VLC Media Player in macOS:

While the video is ongoing, click on VLC in the menu. Then go to “Extensions” and click on VLsub.

VLC Media Player will detect the name of the video file automatically, but you can also change it in case the need arises. once that is done, click on Search by name.

You will see an option to select a subtitle for the video. Choose the one you want to download and then click on ‘Download selection.’

The subtitle will be downloaded and be loaded to the video automatically.

For macOS Users: How to Manually Add Subtitles in VLC Media Player

In case you have downloaded the subtitles separately or copied it from someone, and you need to add it to the video, you can do that manually as well. And here is how:

Launch the video you want to play on the media player and click on the ‘Subtitles’ tab in the menu bar.

Select ‘Add Subtitle File’ from the drop-down menu, then go to the downloaded subtitle file and pick it. After you have chosen it, it will be added to the video.

By following this steps, you will be able to add subtitles to any video on VLC. You can be able to change the subtitle track in case the track has multiple tracks just like VLC on Windows. And also, you will be able to adjust the test size of the subtitle, its text colour, the outline thickness, the background opacity and the background colour.

For macOS Users: Adding Subtitles on MPV Media Player

Adding subtitle videos on MPV media player on macOS is a bit different than adding subtitle tracks to VLC. Although to add subs on MPV media player, you will need to ensure that your subtitle tracks have the same file name with the video file and you will need to place both files in the same folder.

Once you have done that (save both files in one folder), the media player will pick up the subtitle track automatically and play it along with the video. However, this method also works with VLC, but since MPV media player does not have any manual option to add subtitle tracks to videos, this is the only means of adding a subtitle file to a video if you are using this media player.

Note that if you have multiple subtitle files in one folder with the video file, you will be able to switch between the files from within the ‘Subtitle’ menu and you will also be allowed to adjust the subtitle delay from the same menu.

How to Add Subtitles on Android?

For Android Users: How to Download Subtitles in VLC Media Player

The support of downloading subtitles on VLC Media Player is not just limited to Windows and macOS but also supported on Android. Here is how to go about it:

Open the video you want to add subtitle to on VLC, and tap on the little speech-box-like icon that appears in the bottom row. Then, tap on ‘Download subtitles.’

The media player will search for the subtitles for the video and then it will automatically add them to the video. yeah, it is that simple and straightforward.

For Android Users: How to Add Subtitles on VLC Media Player

Open the video that you want to play on VLC and then tap on the speech bubble icon next to the play button.

Select the option ‘Select subtitle file’ from the popup menu and then choose the subtitle file that you want to load into the video.

You should have a working subtitle for your video now.

You should also note that after adding the subtitle tracks you will be able to adjust the delay of the subtitle by tapping on the menu button which is denoted by three horizontal dots and located to the right of the play button and selecting the subtitle delay icon (as seen in the image) from the pop-up menu.

For Android Users: How to Download Subtitles in MX Player

Here is another favourite video player for android, MX Player, quite ideal and also it comes with the option to search for subtitles from within the app itself. Here’s how you can download your subtitles using MX Player:

Tap on the three dotted menu icon on the top right corner of the app and then tap on ‘Subtitle.’

Tap on ‘Online Subtitles.’

Tap on ‘Search’ in the next menu.

The app will automatically search for subtitles related to the video name, but you can also enter the name of the video in a custom search term as well. Once you have done that, tap on ‘Ok’ to proceed to search.

The app will show up a lot of subtitle files relating to the one you searched for. You can only select one and tap Download to add it to the video.

For Android Users: How to Add Subtitle Files on MX Player

If you already downloaded the subtitle file on your device, you can add it in MX Player as well. This is how it’s done:

Launch the video file on MX Player and tap on the menu button in the top right corner.

Select the ‘Subtitle’ option from the drop-down menu, then tap on ‘Open’ in the following drop-down menu to select a subtitle track you have downloaded on your device.

Tap on the Online Subtitles option if you wish to download the corresponding subtitles.

Select Search in the Online subtitles option to be able to search for available subtitle tracks.

However, no matter the option you choose to go with, you should have a working subtitle for your video file. Once the subtitle is running, MX Player also enables you to adjust the size, font, scale, colour, etc. for the subtitles and customise them accordingly in your preference all in the ‘Settings’ option which is located in the ‘Subtitle’ drop-down menu.

How to Add Subtitles on iOS devices?

For iOS Users: How to Add Subtitles on VLC Media Player

Adding subtitle file to videos on iOS devices is a bit like adding subtitles videos using the MPV Media Player on macOS. But to get a subtitle to play along with the video, you will need to change the name of the subtitle track to that of the corresponding video file and then transfer it to your device using preferred transfer method.

The transfer method i opt for is the WI-FI sharing option for both video file, and subtitle track and the video player will pick the subtitle track automatically. VLC Media Player on iOS does not include the option to download and add subtitle tracks separately, so you must ensure that the two files have the same name for the subtitle track to work with the video. Once the subtitle starts working, the media player will give you the option to select the font, font size, use bold font, change the text encoding change and also the font colour from within the settings menu.

For iOS Users: How to Add Subtitles on KMPlayer

KMPlayer for iOS works the same way as VLC regarding subtitle tracks i mean, requiring users to rename the subtitle track and then transferring it to the device along with the video file. But there is o option to manually download or choose a subtitle track, which is an inconvenience. Also, unlike VLC, KMPlayer does not include a default option to transfer video files which is an added hassle.

However, to get subtitles t work on KMPlayer, you will have to make sure that the video file names and the subtitle track are both the same. The media player will automatically pick up the subtitles if only you rename the files correctly. After the subtitles have started working, you can also use the option like in VLC for iOS to change the font, adjust its relative size, change the colour, use bold font and also change the text encoding all from within the settings menu right in the app.

Download Subtitles and Enjoy your Videos

That is the concluding part of the tutorial and i h hope you were able to get the subtitle you need for your video file. In case you are faced with any issue on downloading or adding captions to your video files, please drop a comment and we will be glad to assist with the best of our capabilities. However if by chance you don’t use any of the recommended video player mentioned in the, and you are unable to figure out the process on your video player, i urge you to switch to one of the recommended video players because they are great.

And lastly if you don’t want to change players, drop a comment with the name of your video player, and we will address any subtitle-related issue you might be facing.

Gideon Akeni
Observe and Conquer

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