How to Add Subtitles to a YouTube Video

In this guide, you will learn how to add subtitles to a YouTube video.

If you’re a video creator, editor, or producer who’d like to know how to add subtitles to their videos, especially when the videos are long, then this guide is for you. There are many reasons why you should add subtitles to your YouTube videos, and many of these reasons include reaching a wider audience that speaks different languages, making your content accessible to the hearing challenged, and also those who prefer to watch their video content on mute.

How to Add Subtitles to New YouTube Videos

It is important to note that you cannot add subtitles to your videos using the YouTube Studio app on a mobile device. Instead, you will have to do it on your desktop. Follow the steps below to add subtitles to videos while uploading them to YouTube.

  • First, open YouTube Studio on a PC and log into your channel.
  • Next, click on the Upload Videos icon and your video should start uploading to your channel. During the upload process, you will see various sections like “Details,” “Rights Management,” etc.
  • When you get to the Video Elements section, you should see an option to Add Subtitles. Click “Add” and there will be three options: Upload File, Auto-Sync, and Type Manually.
  • Upload File: If you have already have a subtitle file for your video you can upload it to your video in two ways. The first one is with timing, but, if you have text that needs to be synced with what you are saying in the video, then you can choose the “Without timing” option to allow YouTube automatically sync the subtitles according to what you are saying in your video.
  • Auto-Sync: This option allows your captions to auto-sync according to your video.
  • Type Manually: This option allows you to manually type your subtitles as you watch the video.
  • When you have added the subtitle, the next step is to check if it matches with the video. You can do this by previewing the final video since you can edit the text once again if there is any mistake that you spot.

That’s all. Your viewers can now choose to enable subtitles according to their preference.

How to Add Subtitles to Already Uploaded YouTube Videos

  1. From your YouTube channel, click on Manage videos and open the video you want to add subtitles to.
  2. Now, scroll below and click on Subtitles on the right side.
  3. Next, you can edit your captions if YouTube has automatically transcribed your video. If you already have a subtitle file for your video, click on the three dots right beside Edit Timings and upload the file.
  4. Once you are done, you need to check the subtitles and match them with your video.

That’s all. You successfully learnt how to add subtitles to a YouTube video.


If you would like to get a subtitle file for your videos without the help of YouTube, the best option will be to convert the video into text. There are many online tools and apps that make it possible to easily transcribe videos.



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