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Turn on captions and other accessibility settings for your TV

Turn the captions on for the Samsung TV

Your TV comes with various Accessibility Settings to make your TV easier to use. If you aren't able to hear what is being said on the 6 o'clock news, you can turn on captions on your TV. If the menus are hard to see, turn on High Contrast mode or enlarge the font. Let us show you how to turn the accessibility settings for your TV on and off.

Accessibility Shortcuts

The good news is you don't have to search for your favorite Accessibility settings on your TV. In fact, there's a handy shortcut that will pull them up for you in a snap.

On your Samsung Smart Remote, press and hold the Mute button to display the Accessibility Shortcut menu. From there, you can turn on Accessibility functions; see the information below for more details on what settings are available.

Note: On remotes without a Mute button, press in and hold the Volume key.

Accessibility Shortcuts menu on the Samsung TV
  • Voice Guide: The TV will verbally describe menu options, as well as announce the channel and volume of the TV when changed.

  • Video description: Provides an audio description of video scenes.

    Note: Feature is only available with broadcasts that provide this service.

  • High Contrast: Displays menus with an opaque black background and a white font.

  • Enlarge: Enlarges the size of the text on the screen for easier reading.

  • Captions: Allows you to watch broadcast channels and some apps with closed captions displayed.

  • Grayscale: Changes the color to black and white to sharpen blurred edges that can prevent you from seeing the picture clearly.

  • Color Inversion: Inverts the colors of the text and background.

Turn captions on and off

Turn on Captions to watch videos and movies with subtitles displayed.

Note: Captions will only be displayed in apps or broadcasts that support captions. Some apps, such as Netflix, have their own caption settings that need to be turned on. For captions or subtitles on Blu-ray discs or DVDs, these are a feature of the disc, and need to be selected in the disc's menu before starting the movie.

  1. From the Home Screen, use the directional pad on the TV Remote and select Settings.

  2. Select General Accessibility.

  3. Select Caption Settings and then select Caption to turn captions on, or select again to turn them off.

    There also two caption options in this menu:

Samsung TV with Caption Settings menu and captions turned on
  • Caption Mode: Allows you to change the caption language. However, the language represented by each option is determined by the broadcast station, so in most cases, it is best to leave this on Default.

  • Digital Caption Options: Change the look of the captions. Options available are font style, size, color, background color, and more.

Make the menu easier to see with High Contrast

This feature displays all menus with an opaque black background and a white font, providing maximum contrast.

From the Home Screen, navigate to and select Settings > General Accessibility. Select High Contrast to turn it on and change the menu, or select it again to change the menu back to its original appearance.

Samsung TV with High Contrast turned on

Enlarge the menu font for easier reading

You can enlarge the size of the font on the screen for easier reading.

  1. From the Home Screen, use the directional pad on the TV Remote and select Settings.

  2. Select General Accessibility.

  3. Select Enlarge to make the font larger or select it again to return the menu text to its original size.

Samsung TV with menu text enlarged

Let the Voice Guide tell you what is on the screen

If you are visually impaired, you can turn on the voice guide that describes the menu options out loud. This function works on every screen of the TV and will verbally identify items displayed on the screen, including the selected volume, current channel, program information, and menu items as they are highlighted.

From the Home Screen, use the TV remote to navigate to and select Settings > General Accessibility Voice Guide Settings. Select Voice Guide to toggle the feature on or off. The following voice guide settings can also be adjusted:

  • Volume: Adjusts the volume of the Voice Guide.

  • Speed: Adjusts the speed of the Voice Guide.

  • Pitch: Adjusts the tone of the Voice Guide.

Voice Guide settings menu on the Samsung TV

Let your TV describe the action

Activate an audio guide that provides a verbal description of video scenes, so you never miss a plot twist. This function is only available with broadcasts that provide this service.

From the Home Screen, use the TV remote to navigate to and select Settings > General Accessibility. Select Video Description to turn it on or select it again to turn it off.

Samsung TV with Voice Description Turned On

Make everything easier on the eyes with Inverted Colors or Grayscale

These two options can possibly make the TV easier to see if you have certain visual impairments.

  • Grayscale: This setting removes all color (except for white, black, and gray) from the TV. This can be helpful for anyone with severe color blindness. To turn this on, nagivate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Grayscale. Select it again to turn it off.

  • Color Inversion: This setting inverts the colors of all the menu items, and apps on your TV. It does not invert the colors of the videos that play. This can help anyone who is sensitive to bright light and color by darkening most of the colors on the menus on the TV to softer colors without having to turn down the brightness on the TV. To turn this feature on, nagivate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Color Inversion. Select it again to turn it off.

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