How to Change Netflix Language Settings in 3 Easy Steps

by | Apr 19, 2018

Inside: How to change Netflix language (audio and subtitles). 


As Spanglish newlyweds, my husband and I loved to watch movies together. My Spanglish was pretty good; he’d just moved to the U.S. and was learning English. Lucky for us– we had Netflix and lots of options. We often watch Spanish shows with Spanish subtitles (that accent from Spain is hard for me); he learned a ton of English (and American culture) by watching The Office. When kids came along, I found all movies and cartoons with Spanish audio for them. 

Netflix’s foreign language content keeps growing, which is good news for those of us who like learning other languages and cultures. But if you’re not sure how to adjust all the settings, here’s your quick tutorial. 


1. How to Change Setting Within a Movie or Show


Once you have a show or movie you want to watch, it’s easy to see what audio or subtitles are available. Just click on the desired language for each and push play. (If you want to get fancy, or speak a language that isn’t widely spoken, you can try the Super Netflix Chrome extension.)




2. How to Search by Original Language


If you search for the language directly (Spanish), you’ll get results for anything related to Spain or Spanish. If you want to see only movies or shows created originally in a specific language, search “_____ language,” as in “Spanish language.” 



3. How to Search by Audio/Subtitles


To refine the results, search with more direct phrases: “audio in Spanish” or “subtitles in Spanish.” Keep in mind, of course, that this doesn’t mean the original language will be Spanish. It will search for movies with audio or subtitles that are available in Spanish.

It bothers me to listen to audio that’s been altered, so I prefer to use the original audio and switch the subtitles to English or Spanish. But to each his or her own!




Here’s a quick video if you’re still unsure of how to change Netflix language settings across different different devices:



If you’re looking for Spanish-language content, see my page on Spanish movies and shows. I’ve got something for everyone!



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  1. Awesome! You always give such useful information! Thank you!

  2. What if the movie or show was made in Spanish or another language, can I change it toEnglish? There are a lot of new shows that look so good, however I only understand English and some of them are in other languages.

    • Most of them have that option! Personally, I like to keep the original audio and put on subtitles in a language I understand.

  3. change subtitles to english


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