How to Add Subtitles to Kodi

In this guide, you will learn how to add subtitles in Kodi in order to stream movies and TV shows with closed captions. Firstly, we will take a look at how you can install an addon for the world’s largest, completely free subtitles database – OpenSubtitles. Secondly, you’ll learn how to configure and use it. This will markedly enhance your Kodi experience if you want to stream with subtitles.

Kodi can be installed on almost any device e.g. Firestick, Fire Cube, Nvidia Shield, Android box, Chromecast, phones, tablets, PC and more. The Amazon Firestick is unquestionably one of the most widely used streaming devices. However, Kodi cannot be installed from the Amazon app store. In order to install it on a Firestick, it must be sideloaded. By following this guide, you’ll be able to install and use Kodi on any Fire TV device. If you are new to using a Firestick, be sure to also check out my Firestick Beginner’s Guide.

The Amazon Firestick is undoubtedly the most popular streaming device on the market right now due to its low price and ability to jailbreak it with just a few simple tweaks. It’s a perfect streaming device for beginners as well as advanced users who wish to cut the cord.

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Why Do You Need Subtitles?

Subtitles can become essential, for a surprisingly wide variety of reasons. For example, when you’re streaming content in a foreign language. Subtitles can also come in handy when the audio quality isn’t great, or when you need to turn the audio volume down to avoid disturbing others. Or perhaps you rather prefer to read the subtitles when streaming. Whatever your reason or need for subtitles, following this guide will show you how to achieve it.

How to Add Subtitles to Kodi using OpenSubtitles

OpenSubtitles is presently one of the best, and most popular subtitle addons. It is particularly well-known for having subtitles in a wide range of languages for nearly every movie and TV show you can think of! There’s also a very useful feature that allows users to rate the accuracy and quality of the subtitle file. This is especially helpful to determine which subtitle file is best to use. 

Find out how to add the OpenSubtitles addon by following along with the video. Or follow along with the written instructions below instead.

1. Register for a FREE OpenSubtitles Account

  1. Open a web browser then go to opensubtitles.org
  2. Select Register at the top of the screen
  3. Then create a FREE account by entering a username, email and password
  1. Follow any instructions on screen in order to create and confirm your account
Your OpenSubtitles account is setup and ready to use!

2. Install the OpenSubtitles Addon

Once you have an account with OpenSubtitles, the next step is to install the OpenSubtitles addon in Kodi. Find out how by following the steps below.

  1. Open Kodi then select Settings (cog icon)
  2. Select Add-ons
  3. Then select Install from repository
  4. Select Kodi Add-on repository
  1. Then select Subtitles
  2. Tap down then select OpenSubtitles.org
  1. Then select Install
  2. Once OpenSubtitles has finished installing select OpenSubtitles.org again
  3. Then select Configure
  4. Enter your OpenSubtitles Username and Password then select OK

The OpenSubtitles addon is successfully installed!

3. Change Kodi Language Settings to use OpenSubtitles as a default

Lastly, you’ll need to change the Language settings in Kodi. This is so that OpenSubtitles is used as the default service to download subtitles from. Find out how by following the steps below.

  1. Open Kodi then select Settings (cog icon)
  2. Select Player
  1. Tap down the menu on the left so that Language is highlighted
  2. Tap to the right then tap down to the Download Services section
  3. If you want to change your subtitle default language to anything other than English then select Languages to download subtitles for and change it
  4. Tap down then select Default TV show service
  5. Then select OpenSubtitles.org

OpenSubtitles is successfully configured!

Is OpenSubtitles legal?

Yes, OpenSubtitles certinaly is 100% legal to use and install. However, it is impossible to verify if unofficial addons you have installed are legal or not. With this in mind, it is unlikely that the majority of links scraped from databases and websites hold the proper licencing for distributing the content. In reality, this means you will be unlawfully streaming copyrighted content. Doing so could get you into legal trouble. Accordingly, you may prefer to use this app with a VPN

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How to Add Subtitles to Kodi when Streaming

Now that you have successfully setup OpenSubtitles, you can now open subtitles for any movie or TV show. Find out how by following the steps below.

  1. Open Kodi then start streaming a movie or TV show
  2. Press the Select button on your remote to open playback options
  3. Then select the Subtitle (or closed caption) icon in the bottom right of the screen
  1. Select Download Subtitle
  1. Select a subtitle file

Subtitles now appear on screen!

If you have any issues with subtitles being out of sync with the audio, you can correct it by following the steps below.

  1. Press the Select button on your remove to open playback options
  2. Then select the Subtitle (or closed caption) icon in the bottom right of the screen
  3. Select Download Subtitle
  4. Then choose a different subtitle file than you used previously
  5. If subtitles are still out of sync then after you select the Subtitle icon choose Subtitle offset and manually adjust the timing

Subtitles are now in sync!

Wrapping Up

By following this guide, you should now be able to add and read subtitles in Kodi. OpenSubtitles is one of the biggest and best providers for subtitles. It offers good quality files as well as subtitles that are (mostly) in-sync. Of course there are other subtitle providers to choose from such as Subscene that you can select as a default from the Language settings. Try it out and see what you think! If you need further help, select from one of the following options.

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