How to get subtitles on YouTube without cc

There are several reasons why the YouTube “cc” button may be missing, but there are also many ways to enable the subtitles for videos without this button.


There are various possible reasons why viewers may need subtitles for a YouTube video. However, if the “cc” button has disappeared or is unavailable, there are other ways to get subtitles in videos.

Why subtitles on YouTube are important

Subtitles are extremely important when it comes to the reach and accessibility of YouTube videos. There are benefits to having subtitles included in a video such as accessibility for those with impaired hearing, or even for people who want to watch a video that is in a different language.

YouTube videos are also often watched in busy or public spaces, which could make it difficult for the viewer to hear what is being said in the video, and subtitles help with this.

They also help viewers process or understand what is being said in a video if the speaker has heavily accented speech that is difficult to understand. Thus, subtitles can significantly improve the viewing experience of YouTube videos in various scenarios.

How to get subtitles on YouTube without cc

Since subtitles are such an important part of many people’s viewing experiences on the YouTube platform, it is probably quite concerning when the “cc” button, which usually enables subtitles in videos, disappears.

Fortunately, there are several troubleshooting solutions that may help restore this function.

As a more permanent solution, it can be helpful to know how to read the transcripts of videos instead of only relying on the subtitles, as well as how to enable captions on a mobile device that does not display the “cc” button. All of these options will help you see subtitles even if you do not have the “cc” button on your screen.

Troubleshooting the missing “cc” button

Sometimes, when a platform like YouTube updates on different devices, some bugs in the coding of the update can cause some of the older functionalities on the platform to stop working or malfunction.

This has recently happened to some users who use the YouTube and YouTube Premium platforms to stream video content.

If you are one of the viewers who suddenly cannot find the “cc” button at the bottom of the video display screen, there are some solutions that can restore this function.

Some of these solutions include the following:

Solution Process

Re-adding the channel

A temporary solution that requires you to remove the channel and then re-add or re-follow it.

Resetting the application

A more permanent solution is to select the “Reset App” button under your YouTube application settings.

Enabling transcripts as an alternative to subtitles

Transcripts are a good alternative if you cannot turn on the subtitles of a video with closed captioning. However, automatic transcripts may not be the most accurate recording of what is being said in the video and will depend on the audio clarity, accent, and dialect of the speaker in the video.

The steps to view the transcripts of a video are:

  • Step 1: Log in to your YouTube account
  • Step 2: Click and play the video for which you want to view the transcript
  • Step 3: Click on the menu panel (the three dots in the corner of the video screen)
  • Step 4: Select the “Open transcript” option to open the transcript on the side of the video

How to enable subtitles on a mobile device

When you are watching YouTube videos on some mobile devices, the video screen may not display the “cc” button as it does on a computer browser.

The steps to follow to enable captions on mobile devices without the “cc” button include:

  • Step 1: Log in to your YouTube account on the mobile application
  • Step 2: Click and open the video for which you would like to view the subtitles
  • Step 3: Select the gear icon at the bottom of the video screen
  • Step 4: Select the “Subtitles” option from the menu
  • Step 5: Select the appropriate subtitle type from the list displayed

You can also select the “Always show captions” option under the “Playback and performance” option in your YouTube account settings to turn on the subtitles for all the videos that you play and watch, automatically.

Final thoughts

YouTube video subtitles are particularly important for the accessibility and reach of the videos.

Because these subtitles are so important, it is good to know how to troubleshoot a missing “cc” button, how to view transcripts instead of subtitles, and how to enable subtitles if there is no “cc” button.