How to Turn Off Subtitles and Closed Captions on Amazon Fire TV Devices

As an experienced Fire TV user, I often get asked how to turn off subtitles and closed captions on Amazon’s streaming devices. After testing this on various Fire TV models, I’ve put together this simple guide to walk you through the steps.

Why You Might Want to Turn Off Subtitles

There are a few reasons why you may want to disable subtitles and closed captions on your Fire TV:

  • They can be distracting – Subtitles at the bottom of the screen draw your eyes down and can make it harder to fully enjoy watching movies and shows.
  • You don’t need them – If your hearing is fine or you are watching something in a language you understand fluently, subtitles aren’t necessary.
  • To get rid of the text banner – A software update may have turned on the Accessibility text banner, which is the large white box displaying text that appears on screen. Turning subtitles off can fix this.

How to Turn Off Subtitles on Fire TV Models

Turning off subtitles is quick and easy on all Fire TV devices. Here are the steps:

Using Fire TV Settings

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Choose Subtitles and Captions.
  4. Toggle the On button to turn subtitles Off.

During Video Playback

  1. While a video is playing, press the down button on your Alexa Voice Remote.
  2. Select the Subtitles option.
  3. Choose Off.

Within Apps

Many apps like Netflix and Hulu have their own subtitle controls. Press pause or down while streaming to access each app’s subtitle settings.

Turning Off Closed Captions on Fire TV

To disable closed captions (CC) specifically:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility.
  2. Select Closed Captions and switch to Off.

Troubleshooting Tips

If subtitles keep reappearing on your Fire TV, try:

  • Double-checking app-specific subtitle settings
  • Restarting your Fire TV device
  • Checking profiles to see if subtitles were enabled under Accessibility

And that’s it! With just a few clicks on your remote, you can enjoy watching movies and shows subtitle-free on your Fire TV. Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions.

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