YouTube is one of the biggest video streaming services in the world. It is home to content creators around the world who post videos every day. From documentaries to vlogs, YouTube has it all. So, if you have Spectrum internet service or any other plans, YouTube can open up a world of entertainment. You can also download the videos to watch them when you’re offline. However, most YouTube video downloaders don’t download subtitles with them.
Don’t worry though, because there are some ways that you can do it. Some videos might not be in a language you understand. Others can have a different accent. Moreover, subtitles and CC can also help differently-abled people understand the content. It can also help people who are transcribing or translating a video for work or other purposes. So, here are some of the easiest ways to download YouTube video subtitles:
Default Method with YouTube Premium
YouTube has a Premium version which allows users to enjoy ad-free content. It can be an amazing service to subscribe to especially if you have multiple users. You can share the same account with up to five family members as well. So, when you have the Premium version, it is easier to download videos and subtitles on your phone.
The feature is built-in for YouTube Premium users. All you have to do is turn on the subtitles of the video before you download it. Moreover, the same service is also available for web users now in the beta roll-out. Soon, web users will also be able to download YouTube videos with subtitles on laptops and PCs.
If you don’t see the beta download option on the web, there is another way. You can click on the three dots below the YouTube video to access the subtitles. Then, select the Open Transcription option. From here, you can copy the subtitles and paste them wherever you like. It might not be as good as downloading them, but they serve the purpose.
Third-Party Tools for Downloading Subtitles
So, the default download option only works for premium users of the app. If you don’t have a paid subscription, there is no way to download subs. But this is where you can bring in third-party tools. Here are some of the best options if you don’t have a default premium account.
#1: DVD Video Soft for Web Client
The DVD Video Soft is one of the best third-party tools to download subtitles on YouTube videos. It comes with a few additional features as well.
It allows you to remove times stamps from each line after download.
You can set the time frame for which you want to download subtitles.
The tool shows you a preview of the file before downloading it. So, you can also copy a few lines from the download file if you want.
Here is how you can download subtitles using DVD Video Soft:
- Copy the URL of the YouTube video that you want subtitles for.
- Open the subtitle downloader tool on DVD Video Soft.
- Paste the URL of the YouTube video in the bar.
- Click on Download.
- Save the text file from the File Explorer to any destination on your computer.
- Cancel the download if you want to use the file for a downloaded video.
- Configure the settings like time frame and language of the subtitles.
- Choose original timestamps if you want to download the file as .srt
- Click on Download .srt
So, you have two options to download the file. You can either get a text document or an SRT file. If you just want to copy lines from the subtitles, the text document can also work. Otherwise, you can configure the timestamps and use them directly for a downloaded video.
#2: CCTube for Android
CCTube is an Android app that uses Google Translate to translate the subtitles. So, even if they aren’t available in your language, you can translate them before downloading. Here is what you need to do:
- Download the CCTube app on your Android phone.
- Open the YouTube video you want subtitles for.
- Click on the Share button in the YouTube app.
- Select CCTube from the list of options.
- Wait for the app to open.
- Select the language of the subtitles from the drop-down menu.
- Click on Download.
- Find the downloaded subtitle file in the CCTube app.
There are other apps to download subtitles on Android phones as well. However, there is no such app for iOS users. So, they can use the web app from DVD Video Soft if they want subtitles for their videos.
#3: 4K Download
You have to download the video and subtitle file separately for all the above-mentioned options. But you can use 4K Download to do it simultaneously on PCs.
- Download the 4K app.
- Open the YouTube video and copy the URL.
- Paste the URL in the 4K Download app bar.
- Select the format and quality of the video from the pop-up window.
- Click on Download Subtitles.
- Wait for the file to finish downloading.
- Click on the Download button again to download the video with the subtitles.