Published - September 19, 2023

Step-by-Step Guide to Adding Subtitles on YouTube Videos


Are you looking to make your YouTube videos more accessible to a wider audience? Adding subtitles can be a great way to achieve this goal. Subtitles not only make your videos accessible to viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing but also to those who speak a different language or prefer to watch videos with subtitles.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of adding subtitles to your YouTube videos. Let's get started!

Step 1: Sign in to Your YouTube Channel

First, sign in to your YouTube channel using your Google account. If you don't have a channel yet, you can create one easily by following the instructions on YouTube.

Step 2: Go to Video Manager

Once you're signed in, click on your profile picture at the top right corner of the YouTube page. From the drop-down menu, select "YouTube Studio." In the YouTube Studio dashboard, click on "Videos" in the left sidebar to access your video manager.

Step 3: Choose a Video

In the video manager, you'll see a list of all your uploaded videos. Choose the video to which you want to add subtitles by clicking on its thumbnail.

Step 4: Click on "Subtitles"

After selecting your video, locate the three dots menu icon below the video's title and click on it. From the drop-down menu, choose "Subtitles."

Step 5: Add Language

In the subtitles menu, click on the "Add Language" button. A pop-up window will appear, allowing you to select the language for your subtitles.

Step 6: Choose Subtitle Type

Next, you need to choose the type of subtitles you want to add. YouTube provides three options: "Subtitles" for translated subtitles, "Closed Captions" for transcriptions of the video's audio, and "Automatic Captions" for YouTube's auto-generated subtitles.

Select the appropriate subtitle type based on your needs.

Step 7: Create Subtitles

Now it's time to add the actual subtitles to your video. You can either manually enter the subtitles by typing them in the text field or upload a subtitle file if you already have one.

If you choose to manually enter the subtitles, make sure to play the video and pause when necessary to match the timing of the subtitles with the audio.

Step 8: Save and Publish

Once you've finished adding the subtitles, click on the "Save" button to save your changes. You can preview the subtitles by clicking on the language dropdown menu and selecting the subtitle file.

If everything looks good, click on the "Publish" button to make the subtitles available for viewers.

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Adding subtitles to your YouTube videos is a simple yet effective way to make them more accessible and reach a broader audience. By following this step-by-step guide, you can easily add subtitles to your videos and enhance the viewing experience for all viewers.

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