Not adding subtitles to your videos is the biggest mistake you can ever make. 

By adding subtitles, you’ll not only be increasing your reach – as you’ll be able to connect with a global audience – but you’ll also be able to ensure that every single person out there (even the disabled) can watch and enjoy your videos.

This brings us to the big question:

“How to Add Subtitles to a YouTube Video”

Allow me to show you how to do that.

Throughout this blog post, I’ll show you how to add subtitles to your YouTube videos.

Let’s dive in.

How to Add Subtitles to a YouTube Video

To add subtitles to a YouTube video, head over to YouTube Studios using the same channel you’ve uploaded the video from, click on ‘Content’ in the left-hand navigation bar, tap on the video you’d like to add subtitles to, and from there add subtitles.

Let’s dive a bit deeper – as I’ll be showing you the exact steps that you need to follow to dive in. To add subtitles to a YouTube video, follow these steps:

Head Over to YouTube Studios

To add subtitles to a YouTube video, the first step is to head over to visit www.youtube.com. I’d recommend using Desktop – as it’ll make the process a whole lot easier. 

Visit YouTube Studios

Make sure that you’re logged in to the same channel you’ve uploaded the video from.

Next, click on the channel icon in the top-right corner of YouTube. Upon doing so, you’ll see numerous options, of which you need to click on “YouTube Studios” to head over to YouTube Studios. 

You’ll be able to access all content and almost everything related to your channel from YouTube Studios. 

Learn more about YouTube Studios.

Visit the Video You’d Like to Add Subtitles to Under “Channel Content”

The next step is to head over to the video that you’d like to add subtitles to. 

So, I asked my business partner and long-time friend Ashish to give me access to his personal YouTube video channel to help us demonstrate how to add subtitles to a YouTube video.

How to Add Subtitles to a YouTube Video

And he was generous enough to help us out.

Hurrah!

So, the next step is to visit the video that you’d like to add subtitles to. To do that, click on “Content” in the left-hand navigation bar. Now here, you’ll be able to access all of your channel’s content – from private to public to unlisted videos.

Let’s try to add subtitles to the video “6 Months Review: Green Soul® Jupiter High-Back Mesh Office Executive Ergonomic Chair (Full Black).”

We’ll click on it to head over to the video details.

Add Subtitles

To add subtitles to this video, I’ll click on the “Subtitles” box, as you can see in the screenshot. From here, you can directly add subtitles to your YouTube video. 

YouTube will ask you how you’d like to add subtitles:

Let’s try to understand what each of these means.

Upload File

Now you can upload a file with the subtitles (with timing and without timing). You can upload a text file from here to add subtitles to your YouTube video.

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video by Uploading a File

To learn more about position, style, and format info, I’d highly recommend reading “Supported subtitle and closed caption files” article by Google.

Auto-Sync

Auto Sync YouTube Video Subtitles

You can type in a complete transcript of the video using this option. And the timings will automatically be synced by YouTube.

Type Manually

From here, you can type in the subtitles as you watch the video. You’ll also be required to add the timing – as with this option; YouTube will not automatically sync it for you. 

YouTube Manually Type in Subtitles

Once done, click on “Done” in the top-right corner, and wohooooo – you’re done adding subtitles to your YouTube video.

Congratulations! You have added subtitles to your YouTube video. 

Conclusion

While I’d recommend adding professional captions to your YouTube videos, “Automatic captions” will automatically be published to your videos, if available. 

Learn more about automatic captioning here.

I hope I was able to help you out.

If you have any doubts or queries, feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for reading!

And as always, love you guys!

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