Enable subtitles on a Twitter video
(Pocket Ribbon) – Twitter has announced a new feature: the ability to enable or disable closed captioning on its video player. This is an important accessibility feature that makes it easy for the hearing impaired community to watch videos on Twitter.
How to enable captioning on Twitter
In June 2022, Twitter announced that, after two months of testing, it rolled out a caption button that allows users to switch captions when watching videos on its platform.
The CC button appears in the top corner of a video if captions are available.
Video captioning or no captioning, it’s easier to choose now for some of you on iOS and soon on Android.
For videos where captions are available, we’re testing the option to enable or disable captions with a new ‘CC’ button. pic.twitter.com/Q2Q2Wmr78U
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) Apr 22, 2022
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The latter is the key. Videos need a subtitle file to display subtitles. It would be great if Twitter could offer this on a large scale alongside an automated captioning system — something YouTube has long provided. Still, it’s a step in the right direction, and something that hard of hearing and frankly even hearing users are sure to welcome.
Who hasn’t turned on captions while watching a movie or show to better hear the actors mumble in a noisy scene?
Who can enable closed captioning?
Twitter said the captions button is now available to everyone on iOS and is coming to Android users. You will also see it on the internet.
Written by Maggie Tillman.