4 Best Ways to Add Subtitles to a Movie on Android

Watching movies on your Android phone has its advantage. Since phones are portable, you can watch movies anywhere. The portability is attractive, but it also means you may end up watching movies in a crowded area. And if you don’t own a noise-canceling headphone, the hubbub will drown the audio. This is where subtitles help. Since you can read the dialogues in real-time, even if you missed something in audio, you won’t lose the context.

Subtitles are quite handy for many reasons. You can use them to understand a movie in a foreign languagewatch shows in a noisy environment, and enjoy content without audio. Getting subtitles for videos on your Android phone is also easy. You can either automatically add a subtitle or download the subtitle file separately and add it to your video player. Here are all the methods that you can try.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

Here, we have added four different methods using multiple video players so you have many options at your disposal. Based on your preference, you can click on the link below and move to the corresponding method easily.

Add Subtitles to Movies on Android Using VLC

1. First of all, download VLC for Android app (Free, offers in-app purchases) on your smartphone.

2. Next, open VLC and let it parse all the media files on your Android smartphone. Now, just open the movie that you want to play on VLC. After that, tap on the “player” icon at the bottom-left corner.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

3. Here, expand the “Subtitles” menu and tap on “Download subtitles“.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

4. Now, it will look for subtitles on the internet using the metadata, file format, movie length, and language to offer you the best subtitles for the movie. Within a few seconds, you will get several options. Now, just tap on the “download” button on any of the subtitles and that’s it.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

5. Subtitles will be instantly added to the movie on your Android device instantly. If you find there is a delay in subtitles then you can customize it from the same menu or you can download a new subtitle.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

Add Subtitles to Movies on Android Automatically Using MX Player

1. Another player that offers online subtitles is MX Player (Free, Contains ads) so just go ahead and install it on your Android device.

2. Next, open MX Player and play the movie. Now, tap on the “player” icon at the top-right corner.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

3. After that, click on “Online subtitles“.

Add Subtitles on Android Automatically Using MX Player

4. Now, you will be offered a long list of subtitles for your movie. You can tick the checkbox and tap on “Download“.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

5. And there you have it, the subtitle will be applied to the movie automatically.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

Add Subtitles to a Movie on Android Manually

In this method, we need to download the subtitle file manually on our smartphone. There are many websites that will let you download subtitles for movies, TV shows, and music videos. Most of them are completely free to use and offer subtitles in different languages. Some of the popular websites are mentioned below:

1. Once you have downloaded a subtitle, locate it on your smartphone using a file explorer and extract it. You should get a SRT file and that’s your subtitle file.

Add Subtitles to a Movie on Android Manually

2. Now, open VLC and tap on the “player” icon at the bottom-left corner and choose “Select subtitle file“.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

3. Now, just navigate to the folder where you have stored the SRT file and select it.

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4. Finally, the subtitle will be added to the move and now you can enjoy it without any issue.

How to Add Subtitles on Android (Updated February 2021)

Use a Dedicated Subtitle Downloader For Android (Automatic)

Now that you know how to add subtitles to a video, it is time to automate the process. It can be quite difficult to go through the process mentioned above for each video. This is why Play Store is full of apps that will let you download subtitles in just a single tap and even in batch mode. Most of these apps can integrate with your current video player (if you are using a popular one) and automatically add subtitles to it.

Note: These apps use the original name of the video to search for the subtitles, so make sure you name your videos right.

1. Get Subtitles

Get Subtitles is an ad-supported app with a simple interface. It will automatically look for videos on your phone and show them in the main interface. However, it doesn’t work well with external storage, but you can manually search for the video if it isn’t picked up. We have to say the app is quite fast and accurate when it comes to finding subtitles.

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Once you select a video, all the subtitles related to it will be displayed. By default, you will see “English” subtitles, but you can change the language as well with the support of up to 170 different languages. All you need to do is tap on the download button next to the subtitle and it will be downloaded. There is also a button to directly play the video on your favorite video player along with the downloaded subtitles.

Install (Free, offers in-app purchases)

2. GMT Subtitles

GMT Subtitles is a completely free-to-use app without any kind of ads. The app will search for all the videos on your phone and display them on the main interface. From there, all you need to do is tap on the video for which you need subtitles and they will be immediately displayed.

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If you think you got the wrong subtitles (a rare thing), you can also manually search for the title of the video and grab the right file. It can also look for videos in the folders shared over your network. This means even if the video is on another device, you can still get its subtitles.

Install (Free, offers in-app purchases)

3. Subtitle Downloader

Subtitle Downloader is an ad-supported app with a premium version that unlocks all features. The free version is actually quite limited, but the paid version is definitely worth the money. Like other apps, it will also automatically search for all the videos on your phone, but the manual search feature is only available in the paid version.

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The app will search for the subtitles for you and you can easily download them with a single tap. Furthermore, it also has the option to rename a video file to get accurate results. The best feature of this app is that it can download subtitles in bulk, but this feature is part of the paid version. With a single tap, subtitles of all your videos will be downloaded.

Install (Free, offers in-app purchases)

Automatically Add Subtitles and Enjoy Your Favorite Movies

So these are the 4 best ways you can add subtitles and sync them with movies instantly. Personally, I use VLC as it supports both automatic and manual methods and there are customizable options too. Not to mention, there are no ads whatsoever. Anyway, that is all from us. But what about you? Do tell us about your favorite method and which one do you find more reliable.

13 Comments

  1. nice information, thank you very much. I used to use wonderfox hd video converter factory to add suvtitles, but it only can be used on PC. I love your sharing.

  2. Amazing~ VLC supports to add subtitles to movie! So why did i spent so much time on finding other tools to add subtitles to video and movie. Anyway, i HAVE successfully added subtitles to my video and movie through a video converter too – Free HD Video Converter Factory. From now on, i can use VLC to add subtitles to video and movie directly. Thanks a lot.

  3. Actually I wanted to know that =how to add subtitle on online videos,i mean when I stream a video from online.

  4. This is the information i have been searching for a long time thanks for sharing. Can i share this with my community?

  5. The easiest way is to download a video player app that has subtitles support for instance PlayerXtreme media player.

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