Using & Editing Automatic Captioning for YouTube Videos

YouTube generates automatic closed captioning for most videos after uploading*. While this feature is a great starting point for ensuring that your video is accessible, it is important to review and correct any errors in the automatically-generated closed captions. The following steps will show you how to view and edit the automatic captions for your YouTube videos.

More information regarding the closed captioning features of YouTube

*Please note: Automatic closed captions will not be available immediately after uploading your video to YouTube. It may take several hours for the automatic closed captions to be generated.  

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio (
  2. From the left menu, select “Subtitles”:

  3. Click the video you’d like to edit.
  4. For the language you’d like to edit, in the “Subtitles” column, select Options and then Edit:

  1. At the top right, click Edit:
  1. Click on the caption track you want to edit.
  2. Click inside any line in the caption track panel and edit the text.
  3. When you’ve finished making changes, click Publish edits, at the top right:
  1. You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to overwrite existing subtitles. Click Publish.

Additional Resources and Tutorials

Uploading closed caption file to a YouTube Video:

Uploading & Sharing Unlisted Videos with YouTube:

Google’s Tutorial for Editing Automatic Captioning for YouTube Videos:

Video Tutorial for above:

Create and/or Upload Original Captions:


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