Playing a show or movie on HBO Max in another language is as easy as one click — if the show offers other languages, that is.
If an HBO Max title has language options other than English available, you'll see this option labeled on both the title's details page and during playback. For most shows or movies, this means it will play with that language's subtitles (the audio will remain the same). Unfortunately, overall, only a small percentage of popular shows are offered in another language.
You can also change your device or browser settings for the app to reflect your language preference.
Here are all the ways you can try watching HBO Max in another language.
For the most part, browsing different language options looks exactly the same whether you're accessing HBO Max through the mobile app or your desktop. Unfortunately, many videos are not offered in multiple languages. If this is the case for the show or movie you want to watch, you won't see anything labeled in its details page. This means that it is only offered in the language in which it was recorded.
1. To browse genres, click or tap the three bars in the upper left corner.
2. You can sort through titles alphabetically or by type at the top of the search page.
HBO Max offers the "Latino" category, where you'll find shows and movies filmed in Spanish.
You can also choose the "International" genre, which will include a variety of shows and movies produced in other languages. HBO notes that these titles will play with their original audio with English subtitles. For shows that were produced in English, there is no audio dubbing available in other languages.
3. Click or tap to explore the show's details.
4. Once you've selected a show, you'll see its alternate languages listed next to a play button icon.
If you're on your desktop, this option is visible in both the show's details and during playback.
If you're on the mobile app, this option is only visible on the details page, not during playback.
5. Tap the other language to begin watching.
6. To switch back, you'll have to return to the details page using the "Back" button and then select the other language.
How to change the HBO Max app or site language by changing your device or browser settings
While changing your device or browser settings won't change the language of your show or movie, it can alter descriptions or labels to match your language preference. These changes can include altering settings on your Android phone or tablet. If you use an Apple device, the process will be different on an iPhone or iPad versus a Mac computer.
Additionally, this can mean altering your browser preferences. Each browser's settings will look slightly different, though all should offer other languages. This includes Google Chrome and Firefox. The browser should translate the HBO Max webpage.