VLC for Android, App: How to Add Subtitles to Your Movies

You can add subtitles to your movies playing in VLC for Android either automatically or manually. To download subtitles automatically and load it up straight to your VLC for Android app while watching a movie, you just have to tap on the subtitle option button and then select the Download subtitles option. To load a subtitle file like those ending with .srt, you will have to download it first, then use the same subtitle button on the app and tap on the Select subtitle file option. After that, you just browse your local storage to load up the subtitle file that has the extension like .srt, .sub, .sbv. It is as simple as that. It’s a pretty smart option for your Android smartphone or tablet.

For loading up subtitles in VLC for Desktop: Get Subtitles Automatically for Movies in VLC Media Player

Here are the detailed steps for you to download subtitles automatically while a movie is playing in the VLC for Android app:

  • Open a movie in VLC for Android app.
  • Tap on the screen to bring up the on-screen buttons (if it is not showing already).
  • Tap the second button from the left, between the lock and play button.
  • Tap on Download subtitles.
    Download Subtitles Automatically

Make sure that you are connected to the internet while you try to get the subtitles automatically. When you hit the download subtitles button, VLC Media Player app for Android will look for the closed captions file online. So, you have to be connected for it to search. If it finds the matching file, it will add the captions to the currently playing movie instantly. You will see the on-screen text appear right there which will help you understand the movie better.

Select Language in Which the Subtitle is Downloaded

You also get an option to choose a language in which the subtitle is downloaded. Now, not everyone wants English text. The Android app can look for subtitles in your preferred language. You can select multiple languages at once.

To select the download language, follow the steps:

  • Open up the Menu ☰
  • Go to ⚙ Settings
  • Scroll down to Extra settings and tap on Subtitles
  • Tap on Subtitles download languages
  • Check the languages that you prefer.
    Subtitle Download Language
  • Hit OK.

Loading Up Subtitles in VLC for Android Manually

Now, it is not always that VLC for Android app can find your subtitles. Sometimes, you will have to download them manually. You can search on google for your movie subtitles. Do it straight on your phone so that once you search, find and download it, it will be saved on your Android device. It’s likely that the .srt file will be saved in your Downloads folder. You might have to extract it first if it is inside a zip file.

To manually load subtitles in VLC for desktop: Loading External Subtitles in VLC Media Player

Once the file is there on your Android phone or tablet, you can load it up in VLC with the help of the following steps:

  • Open your movie in the VLC app.
  • If the on-screen buttons aren’t visible, tap on the screen to bring it up.
  • Tap on the second button from the left to display subtitle options.
  • Click on Select subtitle file.
    Select Subtitle file Manually
  • Browse to the location of the .srt/.sub file and open it up.

The subtitles will now be displayed along with your video. Enjoy your movie that is assisted by the on-screen text that you just loaded.

9 thoughts to “VLC for Android, App: How to Add Subtitles to Your Movies”

  1. Does VLC stream subs to chromecast? I see them on my phone, not on my TV when streaming from my phone to chromecast to TV

    1. If you go to ≡ and then tap on Local Network, you should see the options to stream from the VLC app to your television using chromecast.

  2. When adding subtitles (.srt) manually, is there a way I can make the language show up in the subtitle select menu? The files are named so this works on PC (movie.EN.srt), so it would be nice if I can make them show up with the language instead of Track 1, Track 2 etc.

      1. Shame. Technically, it’s a great app, but there’s a few things like this that make it a little too hard to use for some people, like my parents.

        Is there perhaps a place where I can request features?

  3. Hi
    Thanks for this option . Bit defenetlly is not working i try everything and not work please let me know that to do . If it is that easy just press download and load the subtitle alway say subtitle not found i try a lot of mobies . We can select server to download the subtitles woh works exactlly..?

    Many thanks

  4. Problems – 1.When you are playing Vlc android at network it is not loading subtittles from same folder, same name.
    2.Select subtittle does not have network selection option

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