This guide has been updated to reflect the current method to enable Audio Description on Netflix for iOS.
Netflix over the last year made tremendous strides with including Audio Description for movies and TV shows. For those unaware of described videos or audio description, this is an audio track that is played within a movie where a narrator describes what is happening on the screen. Both total blinded and fully sighted individuals have benefited from this type of programming, especially with so many graphics and items in movies.
Voice Over Guide
To focus on how to start listening to the audio description track on an iPhone/iPad, here is a basic list of steps. This guide assumes that Voice Over is enabled on your iPhone or iPad and you already subscribe to Netflix’s online streaming service.
- Open the Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad either by navigating to its location on your device or by asking Siri to open Netflix
- Find one of the movies or TV shows listed in this link
- To search, tap on the “unlabeled” button on the top left corner of the screen, Voice over simply says, “button” when you are on it
- Tap on the Search Button that is near the top right corner of the screen
- In the search text box, type or dictate the name of the movie or TV show you wish to watch
- You may have to explore by touch after you select your desired content to ensure that the screen now depicts your desired content
- Find the play button, usually located in the upper left corner of the screen, though you may have to swipe to find it
- During movie playback, double tap on the screen to bring up the playback controls
- Find and select the Audio and Subtitles Options button in the upper right corner of the screen
- Two headings exist on this page, Audio and Subtitles, so the quickest method is to use heading navigation to flick down to Subtitles and swipe backwards (left) as audio description is the last one on the audio list.
- Swipe through the list until you hear English, Audio Description, and select that option
- Find the Close button in the upper right corner, and select it to return to your video
This should start the audio Description track to begin playing on your Netflix movie. Additionally, I have noticed that after doing this a couple of times, Netflix, by default, started playing the English, Audio Description, track by default.