Since Hulu has a huge amount of media entertainment content for everyone, sometimes you’d need to turn on the subtitles in order to enjoy the show better. In this article, I will introduce some ways to turn the subtitles on in Hulu, as well as an alternative subtitle setting player to make the subtitle operation simpler.

Part 1: About Hulus

Hulu, one of the most popular media distribution services around the world, has captured millions of subscriptions because of its amazing content, high availability and great ease of use. It’s widely considered one of the best websites to watch anime, TV shows, movies and online series productions. By signing up a plan, you will be having access to thousands of shows and movies on multiple devices including computers, TVs and mobile phones.

Some of the shows are even exclusive on Hulu, meaning you as a Hulu member, is one of the only views who can enjoy these shows or programs. Comparing to its counterpart Netflix, Hulu is liked by more people because of its lower subscription fee and more unique exclusive content. What’s more, if you sign up for the premium plan, you will even get access to 24-hour live TV networks like HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME and more.

As a popular entertaining network, Hulu has many user-friendly designs. When watching a show, you can freely choose to turn on the subtitle or off as you want. If you are not quite familiar with the native Hulu player and don’t know how to deal with the subtitle settings, read on as all of these will be explained clearly in the following.

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Part 2: How to Add Subtitle on Hulu

The subtitle operations on Hulu is not complicated. But since Hulu has multiple versions supporting different platforms, and each version has its unique way to access the subtitle settings, it could get people confused sometimes. Now here are the ways in which you can add and turn on subtitles on Hulu on different platform versions.

For Hulu Website

The Hulu website might be the most popular platform for people to access the service. As long as you have a device with internet connection, you can view your favorite shows or programs anywhere at any time. Turning the subtitle on and of on Hulu website is easy, just follow the guide shown below.

Step 1: Visit Hulu’s official website, find your show and click to start playing it.

Step 2: Move your curser over the screen until the on-screen media controller shows up. If it doesn’t show up, just move your cursor to the bottom edge of the playing window.

Step 3: On the on-screen controller bar, there is a gear icon, representing “Settings”, at the lower left corner. Click the gear icon to unfold the settings menu.

Step 4: On the unfolded menu, you can see the subtitles and audio setting listed at the top. Click on it to select subtitle and audio tracks. To turn the subtitle on, just choose a language for the subtitle and the subtitle in that language will immediately appear in the playing window. To turn it off, just choose “Off”.

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For Hulu Mobile App

The Hulu mobile app makes it possible for its users to have a great watching experience with their mobile phones. With a Hulu mobile app downloaded and installed on your phone, you can directly have high-quality Hulu shows or programs anywhere you go without launching the web browser on your phone. Turning the subtitles on and off in the Hulu mobile app is also easy. Here is what you need to do.

Step 1: Launch the Hulu mobile app, find the show or program that you are going to watch and start playing it.

Step 2: While the video is playing on full screen, tap anywhere on your screen to call out the media control panel.

Step 3: The settings button of the Hulu mobile app also looks like a gear. It’s located at the upper right corner on the media control panel. Tab the button and a menu will appear on your screen.

Step 4: Under the “SUBTITLES & CAPTIONS”, there are three options for you to choose. To turn on the subtitle, just check the option “On” and the subtitle of the video should appear at once.

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For Hulu on TV-connect Device

Watching your favorite show on the big screen like a TV can give you a better enjoyment comparing to watching them on small screens like mobile phones or computers. In order to give you the option to access your shows on bigger screens, Hulu is available and supports to be installed on various TV-connected devices like the popular Xbox One. Now let’s take a look how to turn on the subtitle in the Hulu app installed on Xbox One.

Step 1: Launch the Hulu app in your Xbox One, find your video and start playing it.

Step 2: Pick up your controller, flick “Up” on the left analog stick to reveal the video information panel.

Step 3: Flick up the left analog stick again to go to the settings panel, where you can see the subtitles and captions menu. In the menu, choose “ON” under “subtitles & captions” and the subtitle of this video will immediately show.

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Part 3: How to Change Caption Setting on Hulu

In Hulu, not only can you turn the subtitle on and off, but you can also change the caption settings when you are not happy with the current subtitle performance. Like turning the subtitles on and off, changing the caption setting is also easy no matter what device you are using.

If you are watching Hulu on the Hulu website with your computer, just click the gear wheel icon to unfold the playback menu like mentioned in the last part. In the menu, click the subtitles and audio settings at the top. Now in the subtitles and audio setting page, there is a “Settings” entrance under the subtitle options. Click on the “Settings” and you can change the caption settings as you like

For mobile devices and TV-connected devices, the process is just as simple. On a Hulu mobile app, just select the “Account” menu from the home screen, and then go to “Settings> Subtitles & Captions” to change the captions settings. For TV-connected devices on the other hand, remember how we turned the subtitles on and of in the last part? That’s also how you change the caption settings. Flick up your left analog stick twice while your video is being played to go to the subtitles and captions settings panel, and then you can change the caption settings from there.

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Part 4: Alternative Subtitle Setting Player – Leawo Blu-ray Player

Hulu offers some easy subtitle operations for you to turn the subtitle on and off or change some settings on the caption. However, in Hulu, there are only so many subtitle options you can have. If you want to have some more customized subtitle options, you need to use some other media player other than the native Hulu player. For an example, a media player like Leawo Blu-ray Player can offer you so many more options of the subtitle customization as well as other video and audio performance settings.

Leawo Blu-ray Player is a professional media player program. It can play almost all kinds of video and audio media files with ease and offer a high-quality playback performance even for the HD videos in resolution up to 1080P and 4K. Not only is Leawo Blu-ray Player capable of playing digital videos, it can also play Blu-ray across region and all kinds of DVD content. In terms of playback customization, Leawo Blu-ray Player gives you the most freedom to change every aspect of the video and audio playback.

If you want more customization on the subtitles and captions, just launch Leawo Blu-ray Player, play your video and go to the subtitle settings panel. On the panel, you can not only set a font for your subtitles but also size, style, color and more. In Leawo Blu-ray Player, you can set the subtitle exactly the way you like and have a great video viewing experience unlike ever before.


Part 5: Conclusion

Although different versions of Hulu have different ways to turn the subtitle on and off or change caption settings, the general idea of setting subtitles and captions on Hulu is quite easy. However, the native player of Hulu only provides some basic subtitle and caption options.

If you want your subtitle to be more customizable, you can use a third-party player like Leawo Blu-ray Player to play your Hulu videos with subtitles. Unlike the native player of Hulu, Leawo Blu-ray Player is not only more powerful in terms of video playback ability, but also provides more customization options for you to change the subtitle performance exactly the way you like.

So in general, Leawo Blu-ray Player is definitely more recommendable than the Hulu original player.