Turn On Closed Captioning on the iPhone 5

Set the Closed Captioning option

The very nature of a mobile device like the iPhone 5 means that you can use it anywhere.

This makes it a good choice as a media device, which allows you to watch videos while you are traveling, away from home, or simply killing time.

But if you are hearing impaired, or you are in a public situation where listening to the sound on a video would be inappropriate, you may be wondering how to show the closed captioning on the screen so that you can watch the video and be able to follow the dialogue.

Fortunately, it is a simple process to enable closed captioning for videos on the iPhone 5 by following the procedure below.

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Turn Closed Captioning On or Off on the iPhone 5

It is important to note that closed captioning is only an option for video files that actually have closed captioning information attached to them.

Most TV shows or movies you purchase from the iTunes store will have closed captioning, but many personally recorded or created videos may not.

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Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

Open the Settings menu
Open the Settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Videos option.

Open the Videos menu
Open the Videos menu

Step 3: Tap the switch to the right of Closed Captioning to move it to the On position. Conversely, if it is already on and you want to turn off closed captioning, simply move it to the Off position.

Set the Closed Captioning option
Set the Closed Captioning option

Once you have made your preferred change, you can press the Home button at the bottom of your iPhone 5 to exit this menu. You can then start playing a video on your iPhone 5 to see how your closed captioning setting affects the playback.

Now that you know how to turn on close captions on your iPhone 5, you will be able to toggle this option on and off as needed when you are watching videos on the device.

You may have noticed the “Start Playing” option as you were enabling the closed captioning. You can read this article for more information on that setting, as well as an explanation of what each option on that screen can provide.

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