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Funimation Won’t Let Me Watch in English: Language Setting

Funimation Won’t Let Me Watch in English: Language Setting

Funimation’s dubbing services have made a lot of anime content accessible. The effort is well-founded, but a few problems still exist.

Lately, Funimation won’t let you watch content in English, and it appears quite a few of you are also facing the issue. The error also seems to occur randomly despite working fine before. 

Keep reading to find out why this happens and how to resolve this issue. 

Why can’t I watch shows in English on Funimation?

  • App glitch that disrupts streaming if paused or closed in between viewing 
  • Issues with the uncut version that may be missing the English dubbing
  • System overload while running the app 
  • Incorrect language preferences set for the show you are trying to watch 
  • Streaming on the free version of Funimation that limits language options
  • Outdated version of the app in use 
  • Server outages prevent episodes from loading properly  

How do I turn on English on Funimation?

The simplest solution you can try is to close the Funimation app and relaunch it again. If this doesn’t work, you can try some other fixes for the problem.

Playback and stream

This is a popularly tested hack for the English play issue. However, it requires some patience. 

  • Go back to the previous episode that was playing in English.
  • Play that episode towards the very end, allowing it to stream naturally. 
  • From here, click to proceed to the next episode without exiting the streaming video.

If the problem arises again, simply repeat the above steps. Just keep in mind this is not a permanent fix, so it won’t actually resolve the issue.

Change language settings

Language settings may have been changed accidentally or switched by default app preferences. In this case, you simply have to change them in the following way:

  • Open the show you want to watch in English on the app or browser.
  • Click on the Settings icon located on the bottom right of the video settings for the specific episode you want to watch.
  • Under the language setting, select English.

This step will probably reload your video to put the change into effect. You can also make English the default language through your Account settings. But note that only those users who have a paid subscription to Funimation can make changes to language preferences. 

Buy a subscription

Funimation offers a free version of the app and browser streaming. Many users who don’t use the streaming service regularly prefer this option but this limits various features.

Oftentimes, a video dub is only available in one language, therefore causing the issue. Other times, being a free user limits your ability to do something about it. Your best course of action if you plan on using Funimation regularly is to just buy the $6 subscription. You also get a lot more streaming options with the paid version. 

Check for app updates

Out-of-date Funimation app can often cause serious glitches, including buffering or crashing without warning and not playing videos like it used to. Apps usually update automatically, but it is still best to check. 

Step 1: Open the app from the App Store or Google Play Store. 

Step 2: If the app is pending an update, an Update button will show. Update the app, and try playing the video again.

You should also check for device software updates. Some apps may be incompatible with older firmware versions. Install any pending updates and check to see if the issue is resolved. 

Many users also fixed the black screen on Funimation by updating its app.   

Are the shows on Funimation in English?  

Funimation purchases the rights to dub shows. These include but are not limited to English dubbing, and you can get a lot of options and language choices. The shows that are only available in the English dub are simply so because of licensing issues. Funimation owns the license to only dub the show in that language, therefore limiting choices. 

Why has Funimation stopped dubbing?

Funimation is by no means out of the business of dubbing anime. However, the dubbing process was slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown and SOPs made the dubbing process difficult, slowing down availability. As things return to normal, Funimation is picking up the pace and getting back on track.


Funimation as a streaming service certainly has its position in the digital market. While it offers good quality shows with dub, some issues have users frustrated, which is understandable. If Funimation won’t let me watch in English, then it becomes limited in its use. However, the fixes I have listed above are helpful in resolving the issue. 

Some of these are temporary fixes rather than solutions. If none of these techniques work, it’s best to seek some official support. You can report the issue to Funimation directly. They can also help you figure out where the problem is coming from. 


  • Michael Stokes

    Over 10 years of experience working as a technical support engineer. Highly skilled in fixing any technical issue, including app configuration and account setup, gaming errors, television problems, and any other electronics-related issue. You can find out more about him at Stokes Michael