Adding subtitles to YouTube videos is useful for a variety of reasons and is not as time consuming to add as you might think.

Firstly subtitles are great for allowing those who are hearing impaired to be able to enjoy your video content, it can also open up your video to people who are watching it at work or in other places where listening is not possible, e.g. waiting rooms or in public spaces.

Another pretty big bonus is that with Facebook’s video auto-play a video with subtitles is more likely to have an increased audience, due to the large number of people that will watch it without any sound.

Subtitles can also be used to translate work into other languages which will increase the accessibility and potential audience of your video exponentially.

The below walkthrough guide will show you how you can add subtitles to your YouTube video:

  1. Login to your YouTube account, if you have not already uploaded your video then upload it now.
  2. On the left hand side of the screen click on My Channel.2
  3. At the top of the screen click on Video Manager.3
  4. You will now be able to see all of your uploaded videos, locate the one that you want to add subtitles to and click edit.4
  5. Click Subtitles & CC.5
  6. Then select Add new subtitles or CC, and select the language that you want the subtitles in, on this occasion we will be selecting English.6
  7. You will go through to the screen below and should see some suggested subtitles from YouTube’s automatic subtitling tool on the left hand side. A lot of these words will be incorrect, so you need to click Edit on the right hand side.7
  8. Once you have clicked edit you will then be able to change the subtitles. Listen to the video that you have and change the subtitles when they are incorrect, this will normally be one or two words per paragraph.
  9. You can change the length of time that certain subtitles are on screen by changing the size of the box of text underneath the video. See below. 9
  10. When you are happy with all of your subtitles you can then click Publish edits in the top right hand corner. 10
  11. You will then be able to turn the subtitles on your video by clicking the CC box when watching the video. 11

And there you have it, a quick and easy way to add subtitles to your video that will hopefully have increased viewing figures, especially if you share your videos on social media with subtitles automatically switched on.