How to Get Subtitles on Kodi Working with OpenSubtitles
By Johan Curtis 8 minutes
Every movie and TV show fanatic out there understands the true beauty and convenience of subtitles. However, very few digital streaming services offer accurate subtitles with their content and this can truly ruin viewing experience especially if the audio quality of the file is low. You will also need subtitles if you plan on watching a movie or TV show at a low volume or if you are watching a foreign film. Let’s face it, without subtitles you can never fully enjoy your favorite movie or TV show. Rest assured, in this detailed guide we will teach you how to get subtitles on KODI 18.4 Leia by simply using the help of opensubtitles.org and subscene.com.
Method 1: How to Get Subtitles Using OpenSubtitles
When it comes to subtitles for digital streaming devices, nothing can compare to OpenSubtitles. This service boasts subtitles from an extensive list of languages and covers mostly all of the TV shows and movies that have been released in the past decade. Before we help you access these subtitles, it is very important to understand data privacy issues.
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Register your OpenSubtitles account
The very first step of this process is registering your account with OpenSubtitles. Follow this link https://www.opensubtitles.org and register your account. The on-screen instructions will guide you and help you create a username and password. Hit okay, once you have entered all of the required details.
Select Add-ons from the Kodi menu
After you create an account, the next step is to launch your Kodi device and click on add-ons. You will see an icon with an open box called a package installer click on that and finally click on install from repository from the drop-down menu.
Click on Kodi add-on repository
By now you should have a drop-down list in front of you, from this list find the Kodi add-on repository. This will expand your list and provide you with a lot of different options. From that list find the folder subtitles and then click on it.
Click on OpenSubtitles.org
After you click on subtitles, you will need to look for OpenSubtitles.org from your list and then click on the install button located on the lower right-hand corner of your screen. You will need to wait till you get a notification stating that Opensubtitles.org add on has been installed.
Click on OpenSubtitles.org again
Okay by now you should have gotten a notification stating that the installation is complete. Now you will have to click on opensubtitles.org again and click on the configure icon to open a dialogue box.
Enter your username and password
You will now need to enter your username and password which you previously created when registering your OpenSubtitles account. After you have entered all of the required details, hit enter and move on to the next step.
Return to the home screen and click on the settings icon
Now from your home screen, you will need to click on the Settings icon and open player settings. Now, next to the cog icon, you will see an icon for basic, click on that to change it to standard. Now select the language option which should be located on the left-hand side of your window.
Click on languages to download subtitles
Okay after you click on languages, a drop-down menu should have opened up in front of you. From that menu, click on languages to download subtitles. Choose your preferred language for Kodi then click on Default TV show service in order to set up subtitles for your favorite TV shows.
Click on more to access the list of available subtitles
Once you click on more, a list of subtitles will show up in the drop-down menu. Again you will need to find OpenSubtitles.org and download the file. Once the download finishes, click on OpenSubtitles.org and start the installation process.
Click on Default Movie service
You will need to repeat step 9 by opening your default movie service and choose opensubstitles.org. Make sure you confirm the changes you have just made by clicking on okay or it will reset back to its original settings.
Finally, if you go to your settings and click on language a drop-down menu should show up. As you can see from your screen both your default movie service and default TV services are now being powered by Opensubtitles.org. These steps mentioned above have been designed with meticulous attention and we are sure that by now, you should be able to enjoy all of your favorite movies and TV shows with subtitles. However, if you still cannot see subtitles while playing movies or TV shows, then there is a chance that your subtitles have not been enabled in the add-on section.
Subtitles still not working? Here’s how you can enable your subtitles
As mentioned before, if you are still facing issues and cannot see subtitles while streaming, then all you need to do is enable subtitles from the add-on section. Rest assured, we have devised certain steps to make this process as simple and quick as possible. Follow these steps to enable your subtitles.
- Go to your settings, click on add-ons. Select video add-ons and click on your current add-on such as Exodus Redux add-on.
- Scroll down the drop-down menu and open your current add-on.
- Scroll down and click on tools
- Now click on settings: subtitles
- Now on the right hand of your screen, you should a toggle to enable subtitles. Click on this to turn it on and select ok.
Voila! you now have subtitles enabled for Kodi and can enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows with subtitles. If you are short on time and want to skip some of the steps mentioned above then you can also get subtitles without registering your account.
How to Get Subtitles on Kodi Without Registration
Okay so for all the people out there who want to get subtitles on Kodi without the hassle of creating and registering an account, you can use Subscene Kodi subtitle service. Subscene Kodi will not provide you with the same number of options such as OpenSubtitles but it can get the job done fairly well.
- Go to your Kodi home screen and then click on settings which should be a cog present right under the Kodi logo.
- You should see a list of options in front of you, find and click on player settings from that drop-down menu.
- Now click on the language, this will open a panel on your left. From that panel find download services and right-click on that icon to change the desired Kodi language.
- Once you have set your language click on default TV show service and click on get more. You should see an option for Subscene.com. Click on this to start the download.
- Wait for the download to finish then click on the Subscene.com icon to make this service your default Kodi subtitle service.
- Now click on default movie service, again you will need to click on Subscene.com to change your default Kodi subtitle service for movies
There you go, that’s all you need to do in order to activate Subscene.com on your Kodi device. Although they boast an extensive list of subtitles, you may come across many shows and movies without subtitles. You can only overcome this by registering with OpenSubtitles.org.
Conclusion – How to Get Subtitles on Kodi
By now you should have understood the two most common methods people use to get subtitles on Kodi. Both OpenSubtitles and Subscene are considered to be the most renowned service providers in the market today. We can guarantee that by now your subtitles should be activated on your Kodi device.
However, you might face issues with the subtitles being out of sync with the movie or TV show that you are playing. Don’t worry, you can easily fix this by offsetting the subtitles by either delaying it or advancing it. This issue is most common with new content, however with a few tweaks, it should work perfectly with your favorite TV shows and movies.
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