How to Contribute Subtitles to Someone Else’s YouTube Video

Subtitles help expand the audience of a video. Multilingual subtitles, for example, help several people to understand the message of the speaker without acquiring knowledge of the speaker’s language. Although community captions were discontinued in September 2020, you may still want to share subtitles with another user. This wikiHow shows you how to create your own subtitle .txt file to send to a YouTube user.

Things You Should Know

  1. Subtitles can expand the audience of a video since they make the video accessible to people in different languages.
  2.  Create a TXT file with timestamps and subtitles.
  3.  Send a message to the video’s creator on YT and ask if you can send the file for them to upload to the video’s subtitle area in YT Studio.


  1. Open a text-editing software. On a Windows PC, you can open Notepad.
  2.  Follow the exact format. Make sure that the timestamp is correct, otherwise, your subtitles might not be in sync with the video.
  3.  Type the subtitles. Add extra timestamps if necessary.
  4.  Save your work as a .txt file.
  5.  Send the file to the YouTube user. See Message Someone on YouTube on how to send a message.

How to Contribute Subtitles to Someone Else’s YouTube Video


Q: Can you make money doing subtitles?

A: Subtitling rates vary depending on the skill and experience of the subtitler. Typically this type of work is charged per minute of video time. The pay range can be between $1 per minute to $15 per minute. The faster you can do the subtitling work, the more you will make hourly.

Q: Why do some YouTube videos not allow Subtitles?

A: If your video doesn’t generate automatic captions, it could be due to one or more of the following reasons: The captions aren’t available yet due to processing complex audio in the video. Automatic captions don’t support the language in the video. The video is too long.

Q: How do I auto-translate a YouTube video?

A: From the left Menu, select Subtitles. Select a video. If you haven’t selected the language for a video, you’ll be asked to choose the language and Confirm. Select Add language and select the language you’d like to translate to.

Q: Is there a way to automatically add subtitles to a video?

A: A subtitle is an online tool that automatically adds subtitles to any video by transcribing the audio and generating subtitle text. Subtitle offers multiple subtitle text styles and makes it easy to edit subtitle text on the fly.

Q: How do I translate a YouTube video without CC?

A: How To Translate YouTube Videos Without CC? You don’t need CC to translate your YouTube video. You can use Keevi’s “Text to Speech” feature to add an AI-generated voiceover in a language of your choice. Is There An App To Translate YouTube Videos Into English?