How to change or remove the display language in Android, in four steps

Many users purchase an Android smartphone or tablet that comes with the user interface in English, and they want to have it translated into their language, like Spanish, French, Chinese, German and so on. Luckily, most Android smartphones and tablets offer this feature straight from the box, and all it takes is a couple of taps to change the display language that is used. Here is what you have to do to change the language used for displaying the Android operating system:

IMPORTANT: This guide applies to Android 8 Oreo, Android 7 Nougat, and Android 6 Marshmallow. The procedure is the same in Android 7 and Android 6. However, some steps differ in Android 8. That is why, in this article, we use two sets of screenshots and instructions: one that applies to Android 8 Oreo (on the right), and another that applies to Android 7 Nougat and Android 6 Marshmallow (on the left). If you do not know what version of Android you have, read this guide and find out: What version of Android do I have? 3 ways of checking!.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device

The first step is to open the Settings app on your Android smartphone or tablet. You can do that in many ways, including by tapping on its shortcut in the Apps drawer.

Step 2: Find the settings for languages and input

Here things are a bit different, based on the version of Android that you have.

See the screenshots on the left for Android 7 Nougat and Android 6 Marshmallow, and the screenshots on the right, for Android 8 Oreo.

In Android 7 Nougat and Android 6 Marshmallow, scroll down the list of available settings until you find the Personal group. There you will find an entry named Languages & input, below which you can see the active display language used by the Android operating system. Tap on it. In Android 8 Oreo, scroll down the list of settings until you find System. Tap on this entry.

The list of settings that are loaded differs based on the Android version that you use. In Android 7 Nougat and Android 6 Marshmallow, tap Language preferences. In Android 8 Oreo, tap Languages & input.

In Android 8 Oreo, there is an additional step to perform: you see the Languages entry and the names of the display language(s) that are installed. Tap on Languages.

If you use Android 7 Nougat or Android 6 Marshmallow, skip to the next step.

Step 3: Add the display language(s) that you want to use on your Android device

Now you see the display language(s) that are installed on your Android smartphone or tablet. To add a new display language, tap “+ Add a language.”.

A list is shown with all the available display languages that you can add and use on your Android device. Scroll down the list until you find the language that you are looking for and then tap on its name.

The language that you selected is now added to the list of installed display languages. You can follow the instructions in this section to add as many display languages as you wish.

Step 4: Activate the display language that you want to use

Now you have added the display languages that you are interested in. However, the default display language is still the one that you have used so far: English. To change the active display language, drag the one that you want to use to the top of the list.

When a language is moved to the top of this list, Android immediately starts using it. When you are satisfied with the change, close the Settings app.

How to remove a display language in Android

If you do not need a particular display language, you can remove it. However, you should install and activate the display language(s) that you want to keep. Once you do that, go to the Language preferences screen, by following the instructions shared in the previous sections of this tutorial. Then, click the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen, near the text Language preferences. A menu is shown, with only one option: Remove. Tap on it.

Android displays a check box near the name of each installed display language. Check the box near the name of the language(s) that you want to remove. Then, tap the Delete button in the top-right corner of the screen.

You are asked to confirm that you want to delete the selected language(s). Tap OK, and you are done.

You can close the Settings app.

Did you get to change the display language in Android?

Be advised though, that by choosing the main display language of the device as a different language, you have only changed the language in which the system menus, app drawer and the Google specific apps (Contacts, Maps, Phone, Photos, etc.) are displayed. The third-party apps you may have installed on your Android smartphone or tablet may or may not follow or support the change you just made. Before closing this article, we are curious to know which display language you have installed. Is it Spanish, French, German? Comment below and let’s discuss.