Storing and watching video files on your iPad is a good way to pass the time while you are commuting or stuck someplace where you need to kill time. But if you are somewhere that you are unable to turn on the audio and you do not have headphones, or if you are hearing impaired and require the use of closed captions, then you may be wondering how you can know what is going on in the video. If the video has closed captioning information attached to it, then that is a good way to know what dialogue is being spoken without disrupting the people around you. You can learn how to turn on closed captioning for videos on your iPad 2 by following the instructions in the tutorial below.
Enable Close Captioning on iPad 2
The first thing to understand before you attempt to turn on closed captioning is that it is not something that is available on every video file. It is something included specifically with some videos and, even if you enable closed captioning for your videos, they will not be displayed if that information is not attached to your file. But if you have a video with closed captioning data and you enable that option on your iPad using the directions below, then you will be able to read the information while your video is playing.
Step 1: Press the square Home button at the bottom of your iPad 2 to return to the home screen.
Step 2: Tap the Settings icon to launch the Settings menu.
Step 3: Touch the Video option in the column at the left side of the screen.
Step 4: Touch the Closed Captioning button at the top-right corner of the screen so that it switches from Off to On.
The next time you go to play a video with closed captioning data, that data will be displayed on the screen while the video is playing.
Note that some video applications, such as Netflix, have their own closed captioning settings. You can turn those off and on directly within those specific applications without affecting the settings for the video files saved directly to your iPad.
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