Facebook: How to Enable or Disable Captions on Facebook

Have you ever wanted to watch a video but couldn’t turn on the audio for some reason? Maybe you should have been asleep, and if you turn up the volume, you’ll give away your position. Turning on the captions for your Facebook videos allows you to find out still what they are saying without having to turn on the volume. Keep reading to see how you can enable this option for your Android device, desktop, and iPad.

How to Turn on Captions for Facebook Videos on Android


One thing to keep in mind is that not all videos will be able to show you closed captions. But if you do come across a video that supports them, here is how you can turn them on or off on your Android device once you’ve found the video. Tap on the video once to select it, and tap on it again to make the video controls appear.

When they go, tap on the cogwheel, and additional options will appear from the bottom of your display. The option to enable the Closed caption will be the first one on the list.

Closed Caption Facebook Android

Depending on the video will depend on how many languages you can choose from. In the image above, the video was only available in English, but hopefully, the other videos you view will have more options. That’s all there is to it when it comes to enabling closed captions on your Facebook videos. As long as you’re there, you can also do things such as adjust the video quality, enable the data saver, and adjust the playback speed.

How to Enable/Disable Closed Caption on Facebook Video for Desktop

You’re taking a break from work and want to watch some videos on Facebook, but it has to be without the audio. Since you want to have a clue of what they are saying, you’ll need to enable the closed caption. Once you’ve signed into your account, click on the arrow pointing down at the top right of your screen.

Go to Settings and privacy, followed by settings. Scroll down on the left sidebar and click on the Videos option. You’ll see different video settings you can choose from, but the Always show captions will be the third one from the list. Click on the dropdown menu to the right and select the On options.

Always show closed captions on Facebook videos.

There is more you can do than turn on the feature. By clicking on the Edit option of the box that says The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. By clicking here, you can give the closed captions a different look. You can change things such as:

Closed caption Facebook videos
  • Background color – You can choose from colors such as black, blue, green, cyan, red, magenta, white, and yellow.
  • Background Opacity – You can choose from options such as 100%, 75%, 45%, 25%, and 0%.
  • Text Color – Your color options are black, blue, green, cyan, red, magenta, white, and yellow.
  • Text Size – You’ll see options such as 200%, 175%, 150%, 125%, 100%, 75%, and 100%.

Once you’ve made the necessary changes, don’t forget to click the Save changes button at the bottom. That’s all there is to it. Remember that you can go back anytime and change things up again. But if you usually watch Facebook videos on your iPad, here is how you can enable/disable the feature on that device.

How to Enable Closed Captioning for Video on iPad

Even if you’re in a hurry, you’ll be able to enable closed captioning for video on your iPad. Go to your iPad’s settings followed by:

  • General
  • Accessibility
  • Subtitles and captioning

The closed captions option will be at the top. You can’t miss it.

Subtitles and captioning option on iPad

Regardless of the device you’re using. You’ll be able to enable closed captioning for your videos.

Further Reading

If you still feel like reading about what you can do on Facebook, here are some articles you might be interested in. For example, you can read up on how you can turn off SMS on Facebook Messenger. Once you’re done reading that one, you can see how you can hide tagged photos.

You can also create a Facebook Story and Facebook groups. Also, if you ever need recommendations, here is how you can ask for them. You can read many more articles, but these are some you can start with.


The closed captions are very helpful when you want to know what a video is about but can’t turn up the audio. With a few clicks or taps here and there, you can turn them on or off at any time. You can use them on your Android, computer, and iPad. On your computer, you can customize it to have the background and text color you want. There are other options to choose from as well. How often do you use closed captioning? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.