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Posted in Errors and Issues by Mike on December 7, 2022

Youtube auto translate not working?

YouTube auto translate not working on iPad after iPadOS 16 update? A small box is displayed on the screen instead of the auto-translated captions? Issue persists in iOS 16.1.1 and 16.1.2?

YouTube Auto Translate Not Working iOS 16?

This issue has been reported by Mike (iPadOS 16.1.1):

“Youtube auto translate to english doesn’t display. Small box on screen where close caption would normally be.”

We’ve couldn’t replicate this unexpected behavior on iPad or iPhone running versions 16.1.1 and 16.1.2.

We also couldn’t find any similar reports online, excepting some outdated ones from 10 months ago when the YouTube auto-translate feature was just rolling out and users where complaining about Youtube auto translate not available!

How To Fix YouTube Auto Translate Captions Not Working

If you’re experiencing this problem here is what to do:

1. Cycle Closed Captions

Turn subtitles Off and back On and see if it helps:
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  • Play the YouTube video that you want to see the translation.
  • Tap the screen to unveil the options.
  • Tap CC icon to turn Off the subtitles (assuming they’re already enabled).
  • Wait a couple of seconds and turn them back ON.
  • Press the gear icon and tap on Captions.
  • Go for Auto-translate and select English or any other language available that suits you.

2. Reinstall YouTube

Your next option is to remove the app and reinstall it. You have two options: Offload or Delete completely:

  • Try offloading first: Settings -> General -> iPad (iPhone) storage -> YouTube -> Offload App -> Reinstall App.
  • If that doesn’t work go for Delete App, the remove YouTube completely from your device and install again from the App Store (direct link).

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Have you managed to fix YouTube auto translate subtitles not working? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report?

Related: For more iPadOS 16.1.1 bugs and the available workarounds check our detailed review.

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