Load external subtitles in Films & TV app of Windows 10

Slowly but surely Windows 10 users have started showing interest in Microsoft’s Films & TV or the Movies & TV app owing to its ability to load external subtitles while playing a movie. Earlier, this was a major shortcoming in the default apps like Windows Media Player. This made users switch to alternative apps like VLC Player to load subtitles. Not anymore!

Load subtitles in Films & TV app

Load External Subtitles in Films & TV App

Films & TV app in Windows 10 supports loading external subtitles. If you are interested in loading an external subtitles file in the Films & TV app on Windows 10, here’s how to go about it. Switch audio tracks.



First, try downloading the subtitles for your favorite show or the movie you want to watch. It can be downloaded as a zip file. Following the download, you can save the file anywhere you want, but in SRT format. If you have downloaded the subtitles in a zipped file, extract them at a suitable location.

When done, open the video in the Films & TV app and click the Speech bubble button visible just adjacent to the volume button. If the file has subtitles encoded, they will appear with the following option displayed – ‘Choose subtitle file’.

Click ‘Choose subtitle file’ and select the SRT file you downloaded. The subtitles will start appearing on your screen right away.

Please note that if your media file features multiple audio tracks, you can choose and switch to the desired subtitle from inside the Films & TV app.

If you would like to modify or change the audio track, click the Language button next to the Play/Pause button.

Here, you should observe a popup list displaying you the available channels. Click the one you want to switch to and the track will change on the fly.

Hope you enjoy using the updated Films & TV app!

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