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How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

Video creators, editors, and producers know how time-consuming it can be to add subtitles to YouTube videos, especially when the videos are long. But the benefits of subtitles in making your videos engaging and helpful are numerous.

With subtitles, your videos can reach a wider audience that speaks different languages, and also be accessible to the hearing challenged, apart from those that like to watch their video content on mute.

Overall, subtitles can help you convey your message in the most effective way possible.

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to add subtitles to your YouTube videos.

You cannot add subtitles to your videos using the YouTube Studio app on mobile, so you will have to do it on your desktop.

Add subtitles to videos while uploading on YouTube

  • Open YouTube Studio and log into your channel.
  • Click the Upload Videos icon, and start uploading your video. During the upload process, you will be taken through various sections like Details, Rights Management, etc.
  • When you come to Video Elements, you will see the option of Add Subtitles.
  • Click Add under that, and you will get three options  Upload File, Auto-Sync, and Type Manually.
  • Upload File: If you have a file that has the exact script used in the video, you can choose the With timing option. Else, you can choose the Without timing option, YouTube will automatically sync the subtitles according to your video.
  • Auto-Sync: You can copy your captions and paste them and YouTube will auto-sync them according to your video.
  • Type Manually: With this option, you can manually type the subtitles as you watch the video.
  • After you’re done, check the subtitles and match them with your video. You can also change the timing by editing the timestamps. Then preview the final video with subtitles and edit the text once again if there is any mistake that you can spot.
  • Your video will now have subtitles, and when it will be published on YouTube, you will be able to see subtitles written right below it, and your viewers can choose to enable subtitles, according to their preference.

Add subtitles to an already uploaded YouTube video

  • Log into your YouTube channel, click on the profile picture icon on the top right, then visit Your channel. Click on Manage videos and open the video you want to add subtitles to.
  • Now, scroll below and click on Subtitles on the right side.
  • YouTube may automatically add subtitles to your video but then, you will have to punctuate and break paragraphs by yourself which is time-consuming. Hence, you have to click the ClearText Option.
  • You now have to choose to either type the script manually or upload the text file.
  • After you’re done, check the subtitles and match them with your video. You can also change the timing by editing the timestamps.
  • Preview the final video with subtitles and edit the text once again if there is any mistake that you can spot.
  • Your video will now have subtitles, and when it will be published on YouTube, you will be able to see subtitles written right below it.
  • Your viewers can choose to enable subtitles, according to their preferences.

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