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How to change the language on an Android phone

If you want to change the language on your Android phone, then here is how you can do it in just a few simple steps.

The most pressing reason you want to change your phone’s language is if it is stuck on a language which you don’t speak – rather an emergency! But otherwise, you might want to set it to a language that you’re learning, in order to immerse yourself in it.

What we used

The Short Version

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll down to General Management, or System
  • Tap Language
  • Select Add Language
  • Choose the language you want to add
  • Set this language as the default

How to change the language on an Android phone: Step-by-step

  1. Step

    Open the Settings app

    First of all, open up your phone’s Settings app. This is the one with an icon like a mechanical cog.

  2. Step

    Scroll down to General Management, or System

    Inside the Settings app, scroll down to General Management. This stage may be a little different depending on your user interface, so you might need to tap on System instead.

  3. Step

    Tap Language

    Now tap on Language to tweak the settings.

  4. Step

    Select Add Language

    Tap on Add Language so that you can change the system’s language.

  5. Step

    Choose the language you want to add

    A dropdown list will appear, and so you need to tap on the language to which you’d like to change the system.

  6. Step

    Set this language as the default

    Now choose to make this language your default, so that all the system will be in this language.


How can you change the language back again?

To change the language back again, simply follow this guide but choose the original language at the last step.

Is this process exactly the same on all Android phones?

Your phone may differ, as each device’s Settings app might be slightly different, but the process will be similar on all Android devices.

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