How to Change Chrome’s Default Language

Applications tend to follow your system’s default language, but that isn’t always what you want. Thankfully, you can change your Google Chrome language so its settings and menu text matches your preference.

At least, so long as you’re a Windows or Chrome OS user. If you’re on Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, or iPadOS, you may be out of luck. The above OS’ may require you to change your system language before Chrome’s will change.

For the purpose of this tutorial, then, we’ll be using a Windows PC with the default language set to English. The process should be very similar if you’re on ChromeOS, and the menu items should roughly translate if you’re starting in a different language.

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With that said, here’s how to change the language of Chrome and set it as your default for future use. We’ll also show you how to enable Google Translate in Chrome for chosen languages.

How to Change Google Chrome Language

It’s hidden behind a few settings menus, but you can change the language of Chrome quite quickly once you know where to look. Don’t worry, we’ll show you below:

  1. Open Settings in Google Chrome
     

    With your Chrome browser open, click the three dots in the top-right corner and then click “Settings”.

  2. Open Advanced Chrome Settings
     

    You’ll find the advanced button at the very bottom of your settings page.

  3. View your Chrome language settings
     

    Before you can change language in Chrome, you need to scroll to the “Languages” section and click the down arrow next to your current language.

  4. Change the language of Chrome
     

    With Chrome language settings expanded, click the three dots next to the language you’d like to switch to and tick “Display Google Chrome in this language”.

  5. Optional: Enable translation in Google Chrome for a specific language
     

    While you’re here, you can enable translation in Google Chrome for a helping hand. If you press the three dots next to any of your languages and tick “Offer to translate pages in this language”, your browser will automatically offer to translate Chrome pages into it. 

  6. Optional: Add more Google Chrome languages
     

    If the language of your choice isn’t on the list, you can add it manually by pressing the “Add languages” button at the bottom of the “Order languages based on your preference” section.

  7. Search for your language and add it to Chrome
     

    Chrome language settings will present you with a huge list of different languages, so it’s faster to search rather than scroll.

    Click the search bar in the top-right corner, type your language, then tick it and press “Add”.

  8. Relaunch Chrome to apply the changes
     

    When you change Chrome language, you’ll be presented with a big “Relaunch” button next to it. Click it to restart your browser in your preferred language.

It’s really that easy. You should now know how to change language in Google Chrome and have it automatically suggest you translate into that language.

With that done, you should be able to make other settings tweaks more easily. Why not learn how to enable picture-in-picture mode or disable the built-in adblocker?

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