YouTube has made it easier to watch videos in your home language. All it takes is a few clicks to change the audio of a video to one you’re comfortable with. In this article, we’ll show you how to use YouTube’s Multi-Language feature to switch to a specific dub on a YouTube video. Let’s jump right in.
YouTube’s Multi-Language feature allows creators to add different audio files to a video, which is commonly known as dubbing.
Dubbing is very different from subtitles, and in many ways, subtitles might lose the essence of a message in translation. The audio files are recordings of the video’s audio in foreign languages. For example, a creator can hire voice actors to record audio for their English video in Spanish, Hindi, and other languages. Afterward, they would upload those audio files to the original video.
YouTube’s Multi-Language feature eliminates the need for creators to upload the same video on different versions of their channels to capture audiences in different languages. Creators can upload a single video with multiple audio files, consolidating their content for a more focused approach.
Using YouTube’s Multi-Language feature is as simple as it gets. The feature is available on mobile and desktop, and anyone can use it. If you come across a YouTube video with your local language added, it should play in that language. But we’ll show you how to change the audio to a different language, just in case.
How to Use YouTube Multi-Language Audio (Mobile)
- Open the YouTube app and play a video you want to watch.
- Tap on the video and select the Settings icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Tap Audio track on the menu. It’ll also show the language the video is currently set to.
- Now, tap the language you want to switch to.
How to Use YouTube Multi-Language Audio (Desktop)
- Open your browser, go to YouTube and play a video you want to stream.
- Click the Settings icon at the bottom of the video and choose the Audio track option
- Find your local language on the list and click on it.]
Note: It’s important to note that creators don’t need to use YouTube’s Multi-Language audio; it’s optional for creators who want to reach a wider audience. At the time of writing, more than 40 languages are available in YouTube’s Multi-Language feature, but that doesn’t mean that all videos will have that many languages added.
The list of languages shown in a video’s Audio track section depends on how many audio files the creator has added to that particular video. If you can’t find your local language on the list, it means the creator hasn’t added the relevant audio file. It could be available in the future, but since there’s no guarantee, you might be better off enabling closed captions on YouTube.