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Original story (published on December 13, 2022) follows:

YouTube is one of the most reliable platforms when it comes to watching viral content or long-lost music videos. The fact that it is regularly updated to enhance its features also adds value to users’ experience.

While YouTube content is widely accessible to users all around the globe, captions further facilitate an easier availability of the same.

But it becomes an issue when the captions/subtitles feature gets infused with bugs. For instance, we previously highlighted how YouTube captions started turning on automatically even when disabled.

We also saw how the auto Livestream captions feature was temporarily disabled by YouTube for some users.

YouTube automatic subtitle translation not working

A number of YouTube users (1,2,3,4,5,6) have now taken to Twitter to report an issue where the automatic subtitle translation feature is not working for them.


@TeamYouTube Hello. Youtube auto translate feature not working for 1 week. Will you do something about it?

Hey @YouTube anyone fix the automatic subtitle translation glitch ? Further the option does not work !

As the name of the feature suggests, it automatically translates subtitles into various languages. But it is quite absurd as it currently only works in English language.

It is undeniably causing a number of issues for non-English speakers like Swedish and Greeks. It is becoming quite frustrating for users as it is negatively impacting their experience.

Moreover, for people who sometimes listen to videos at low volume, the unavailability of captions in their preferred language becomes very cumbersome.

Official acknowledgment

Fortunately, YouTube is aware of the issue and said that the team is currently investigating it.


Unfortunately, we haven’t come across a workaround at this moment. That being said, stay tuned to PiunikaWeb to know if and when there are any further developments regarding the issue.

In the meantime, make sure you check out our YouTube bugs and issues tracker to see similar problems affecting users.

Update 1 (July 24, 2023)

02:50 pm (IST): Some users are again reporting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) that the auto-translate feature is again not working for them.

Fortunately, the support team has acknowledged the problem and they are investigating it.

In the meantime, users can try the workaround for the auto-translate glitch mentioned below as suggested by the support team. Or alternatively, they can also try installing third party Video CC translator extension.

Workaround: so sorry about that! for videos where auto-translate option is still grayed out, we recommend clicking “the duplicate & edit or edit” option for the English language, and try to modify the captions for that video even for a bit, and select “Publish”. (1/2) (Source)

Update 2 (July 25, 2023)

05:15 pm (IST): A user affirms that the feature stopped working correctly for at least 3 days. Meanwhile, the YouTube team is still investigating, without an ETA for a fix.

Update 3 (July 27, 2023)

06:05 pm (IST): According to a recent report, the issue has been resolved.

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