How to Turn Off Audio Descriptions on Hulu

Emily Lee

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Audio descriptions on television and streaming services, such as Hulu, offer an important accessibility feature for visually impaired viewers. They provide an additional audio track that narrates the visual details of a scene, ensuring that the content is more accessible and provides an immersive viewing experience for all audiences. However, there are instances when a viewer may want to disable these audio descriptions, either for personal preference or because the feature was enabled unintentionally.

For users who find themselves needing to turn off audio descriptions, Hulu has integrated settings to control this feature easily. The process to disable audio descriptions differs slightly depending on the device being used, but it is generally a straightforward task that can be performed in a few simple steps. If you’re looking to watch Hulu content without audio narration, altering the audio settings provides a quick solution for a seamless viewing experience.

Hulu Audio Description: A Helpful Guide to Customizing Your Viewing Experience

Hulu’s audio description feature narrates on-screen action, offering a richer experience for visually impaired viewers. Yet, some may find it distracting. Disabling it is easy across various devices.

Turning Off Audio Descriptions on (Web Browser)

  1. Start playing your chosen video on
  2. Click the gear icon (Settings) in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Choose “Subtitles & Audio.”
  4. Uncheck “English – Audio Description.”

Disabling Audio Descriptions on Hulu Mobile App (iOS and Android)

  1. Tap the screen while your video plays.
  2. Tap the speech bubble icon (Subtitles & Audio).
  3. Toggle off the “Audio Description” option.

How to Disable Audio Descriptions on Smart TVs and Streaming Devices

  1. During playback, press the up arrow on your remote.
  2. This opens the settings menu.
  3. Navigate to “Audio.”
  4. Deselect the “English – Audio Description” option.

Troubleshooting Tips

If audio descriptions persist:

  • Double-check you’ve correctly disabled the feature in settings.
  • Restart the Hulu app or your device.

When Audio Descriptions Aren’t Available

Some content may not offer audio descriptions. This usually depends on the content provider, not Hulu.

DeviceHow to Disable Audio Description
Web BrowserSettings > Subtitles & Audio > Uncheck “English – Audio Description”
Mobile AppTap screen > Speech bubble icon > Toggle off “Audio Description”
Smart TVsUp arrow > Settings > Audio > Deselect “English – Audio Description”

This guide covers common devices. For specific instructions, consult Hulu’s help center or your device manual.

Key Takeaways

  • Audio descriptions narrate visual details for visually impaired users on streaming services.
  • Disabling audio descriptions on Hulu can be done through the audio settings.
  • The feature can be turned off on various devices with straightforward steps.

Navigating Audio Descriptions on Hulu

Enabling and disabling audio descriptions on Hulu is different depending on the device. Users can find these options within the playback settings.

Adjusting Settings on Different Devices

On most devices, users should begin by starting the playback of a movie or TV show on Hulu. Here are the steps:

  • Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, and Other Set-top Boxes:

    1. During playback, users should locate the gear icon or the options button, often found on the screen or the remote control.
    2. Next, navigate to the Audio & Subtitles menu.
    3. Here, users can toggle the audio descriptions to off.
  • Mobile Devices:

    1. While watching a title, tap the screen to see the playback menu.
    2. Tap the settings gear icon.
    3. Choose Audio & Subtitles to access the audio options.
    4. From there, users can disable audio descriptions.

For users who are accessing Hulu through on a computer:

  • Click the settings gear icon during playback.
  • Go to Subtitles and Audio.
  • Select the option that disables the English-Audio Description.

Understanding and Managing Accessibility Features

Hulu provides an accessibility feature known as audio descriptions. This feature gives a separate audio track that explains scenes in detail. It describes characters, settings, actions, and facial expressions for visually impaired users. Turning off audio descriptions will stop this additional guide, providing a standard viewing experience.

Users looking for this option will find it in the same settings or accessibility menu where they adjust subtitles and language.

To manage these features effectively, users need to:

  • Be familiar with the settings menu on their particular device.
  • Know the accessibility settings and features offered by Hulu.
  • Understand how the toggle function works within the playback menu.

By doing so, viewers can customize their experience to either include the descriptive audio when needed or to enjoy the show without additional narration.