HBO Max subtitles stuck or keep turning on for some PS5 & PS4 users after latest update

HBO Max opens up multiple opportunities for users who love to watch television shows, movies, and HBO Max Originals. The OTT service appears to be a favorite for many with a count of 76.8 million active users.

However, sometimes this smooth ride of entertainment does come across occasional bumps that ruin the experience for some. We have a tracker that throws light on all bugs and issues affecting the platform.

To keep it refreshed, HBO Max recently released an update for its app on PlayStation systems. But the update is causing unwanted issues for some users.

HBO Max subtitles stuck for PS5 & PS4 users

Some PS4 and PS5 users have reported (1,2,3,4,5) that the subtitles on the app are stuck on or keep turning on by themselves, even if they have previously turned them off.

Hey @hbomax my ps5 just updated and now my subtitles are stuck ON unless I switch them off and back on, can y’all fix this please?

@HBOMaxHelp I’m having the same issue as many other people are with the hbo max PS4 app. If there are this many people having issues, it’s a problem on your end. I have to turn off subtitles on every new episode I watch. It’s tiresome and it’s on you to fix it.

The issue has been widely discussed on various forums such as Reddit and Twitter where users have shared their frustrations and are attempting to find a solution.

Some have reported that restarting the app or their PlayStation system temporarily fixes the problem, but it eventually returns.

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It is not clear at this time how widespread the problem is, but it does appear to be affecting a significant number PS5 and PS4 users.

Several have reached out to HBO Max customer support for assistance, but it is unclear if there is a definitive solution or if the company is aware of the issue.


HBO Max’s Twitter handle suggested trying basic troubleshooting methods in an attempt to curb the issue with subtitles stuck on.

Hi Sarah. Thanks for sharing what you’re experiencing with the subtitles on your PS5. I want to help get this taken care of for you. Please let us know if the troubleshooting here helps. ^AM

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