I have uploaded the video on YouTubeand added the subtitles but the users don't realize that they can turn them on. I know there is particular URL parameter for embedded player, but it doesn't work for youtube.com itself. I have tried:


and it returns the page in German, but does not turn the subtitles on.

How can I force YouTube to use subtitles on youtube.com itself?

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    For others researching the same: right now, only &cc_load_policy=1 seems to work, as it turns the CC on, but no language can be set... pity, it's so convenient to share links properly – brasofilo Feb 26 '16 at 2:18

I've found out how to do it.



to your video url, and subtitles will be on youtube.com by default. Of course, you need to use your language instead of de.

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    Not working anymore :( – 2grit Sep 16 '15 at 3:22
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    that was a dirty hack with limited lifetime :D – eviltnan Sep 18 '15 at 12:06

The only way I found is changing the URI from


to this pattern

"https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/" + VIDEO_ID + "?hl=" LANG_CODE

If hl= doesn't work (on some cases doesn't seems to work) try cc_load_policy=1&cc_lang_pref=.

On bash/Linux you can just copy the URI with that structure and then run this command (Spanish code hardcoded) to transform clipboard content (you can make an alias):

xclip -selection c -o | echo "$(cat -)?&hl=es-419" | sed "s|youtube.com/watch?v=|youtube-nocookie.com/embed/|1" | xclip -selection c

You can list the available subtitles ISO 639-1 language codes with youtube-dl:

youtube-dl --list-subs "{video_id or url}"


  • the video will cover the complete screen... which might be good thing to stop procrastinating with related videos :)
  • It seems that doesn't work with automatic generated captions.
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  • This seems to change the UI language, but doesn't show the subtitles. – Tin Man Apr 19 '19 at 22:35
  • But adding &cc_lang_pref=de&cc_load_policy=1 (e.g. youtube-nocookie.com/embed/…) seems to work! – Tin Man Apr 19 '19 at 22:37

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