This guide walks you through the process of uploading a caption file to your YouTube video.

Uploading a caption file is useful for media you have sent to a captioning vendor. Make sure you have downloaded the file from the vendor in one of the following formats: srt, sbv, sub, or vtt.


  1. From the "Channel videos" page in your YouTube Studio, click on the video you would like to caption.
  2. On the "Video details" page, click on the "Subtitles" button in the left-side column.

  3. Click the "Add Language" button and choose "English" or "English (United States)" from the pick list.

  4. The language you chose will show up in the table. From here click the "Add" button in the "Subtitles" column.

  5. You will be taken to a new screen titled "Manage subtitles and closed captions." On this screen, click the "Upload a file" button.

  6. A new screen will load and a box will pop up asking you select the file type you will be uploading. Click the radio button next to "Subtitles file" and then "Choose File."
    • You may upload a transcript this way. You will still need to edit the captions and timings according to our caption editing guidelines.

  7. Find and select the subtitles file that has been saved to your computer.

  8. If you received your subtitles file from a vendor, we recommend quality checking a few minutes of the uploaded captions to make sure they are readable and consistent and that there are no errors.

  9. When you have edited the captions to your liking, click the "Save changes" button to the upper right side of the player.

You are now ready to share your captioned YouTube video!

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