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Level 7

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

I have a newer Roku Ultra and this is definitely a Roku bug:

- My Roku IS setup with Accessibility->Captions Mode->OFF.
- Every show I watch on every channel, I have to turn subtitles off. This is maddening.
- When I launch a channel and watch a show, subtitles are turned back ON again.

Since this problem is happening on every channel, it's obviously not a channel problem. It's a Roku problem.

@Roku - please fix this.

Level 9

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

Soemhow I fixed mine nearly 2years ago but can't remember how. Try unplugging the TV for 1 a minute or so

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Level 7

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

Thanks for the suggestion GregLakes but unplugging it definitely isn’t the solution.

I’ve worked for a couple tech companies and I know that’s a suggestion for many computer glitches but, my devices get unplugged often for one reason or another and that doesn’t help.

Regardless, the consensus is: We, as consumers, would appreciate a system fix instead of spotty trial and error. 

Level 9

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

Karla, after two-plus years and 21 pages of comments, it is clear that the Closed Caption issue is not in the app, nor is it able to be corrected in the settings. This is a global and hardware-wide issue and clearly resides within the Roku system software. We ask that Roku be more communicative regarding this problem.

Level 9

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

Yes, it's absolutely a bug buried deep in the tech. Same thing happens with my Visio smart TV. 

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Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

Hi Community users,

Other customers who have reported resolving this issue stated that they found the channel that had the subtitles within the channel enabled and once they turned off subtitles, they were able to disable them from being enabled on all of their channels.

If you are still experiencing an issue, can you please provide us the following information:

  • Roku device model, serial number, device ID, and software OS/version (these can all be found in Settings > System > About)
  • does this issue occur on a specific channel? if so, what channel and what version/build is the channel (this can be found be selecting the channel on the Home screen and pressing the * button)
  • tracker ID when this issue occurs (when you see this issue occur, press the Home button 5 times, followed by the Back button 5 times and provide us with this ID)
  • steps to reproduce the issue you are seeing 

Once we have this information, we will be able to pass it along to the appropriate Roku team to investigate further.


Danny R.
Roku Community Moderator
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Level 7

Re: Subtitles keep turning on

We have one person in the house who uses subtitles. They always use them on the same device and no others, and they have their own unshared profiles on shared subscriptions.


Since about December, their subtitles frequently go off AND subtitles turn on for other profiles and users *not* using a Roku device. Multiple streaming services are affected.


Even though the Roku setting is "On always," captions that were actually always on for years without any issues now get turned off constantly and are sometimes difficult to restore, because all settings within the app and the Roku are set to captions on,  but they are off. Restarting the app and sometimes the Roku, then manually checking all the settings again is sometimes the only way to restore them.


There has to be one or more streaming channels that is breaching the lines between profiles and/or apps to cause this very new-to-us problem. How else could the problem be "device jumping" to non-Roku equipment abd onto different users' profiles?


Here is a list of all multiple user apps in our household. Listed apps with a * were added or upgraded fairly recently.


*Curiosity Stream







*PBS Passport


Pluto TV

Prime Video




 (We do also stream additional channels by logging in, as individual users, to devices through our cable provider, Armstrong. This has been done without issue for multiple years, but I don't want to rule it out and fail to mention it, just in case it could be the source of the problem.)


Please help! I have older family members who are not able to manage this problem easily. We have done all of the manual checking and resetting and troubleshooting and nothing has worked. If there's something we can do to make this stop, GREAT! But please, figure this out and push a fix or tell us what that thing we need to do is! I'm out of ideas. Clearly, we're not the only ones dealing with this problem, or this thread wouldn't exist. I repeat my plea: HELP!

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