Fix YouTube captions that have abnormally low-contrast

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Fix YouTube captions that have abnormally low-contrast – Is YouTube not working? Have no fear, we’ll get you back to watching those cat videos soon enough. It’s possible that YouTube is down for everyone, but the problem is more likely on your end. Whether videos are endlessly buffering, the YouTube app isn’t loading, or something else entirely, our troubleshooting steps for desktop and mobile should help you get YouTube working again. In this post we will describe about Fix YouTube captions that have abnormally low-contrast, and how to fix it.

Recently, the subtitles in YouTube were changed to a very low-contrast, illegible white on grey colors:

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This doesn’t happen in Firefox or in a new “Private mode” Chrome.

What’s causing this, and how can I get high-contrast subtitles in YouTube back? I tried disabling all my Chrome extensions, but this did not help.

Answer :

You can change fonts and colors and such via Settings gear > Subtitles/CC > Options

Screenshot of options

Found the answer to this. You have to change the font opacity setting. Its under the gear on the bottom of the video. Then click Subtitles, then options, then scroll to the bottom, and you’ll see it right above Reset. Change it to 100% and you should be good.

I finally figured out the root cause and a (quicker) alternate solution:

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