Need to change the language on YouTube but the option to do that seems to have been swallowed by a black hole?
That’s more common than you’d think… But no worries! Here’s how to change the YouTube language on your computer:
- Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner
- Select “Language“
- Select a different language from the list
- Refresh the page
And the same on your phone:
- Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner
- Select “Settings“
- Go to “General“
- Tap on “Location“
- Select another location
If any of the steps seem too difficult to follow or you have no idea what they mean, keep reading! Below, I’ve included a step-by-step guide, with screenshots to help you out.
As always, we’ll start with the computer guide just because. Have a look below to see how you can change the YouTube language on any desktop device:
1. Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner
Assuming you’re already on YouTube (if you’re not, open it from Google – www.youtube.com), find your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page and select it.
Disclaimer – the profile picture will only appear if you’re logged in (which means you need to have a YouTube account, and creating one is super easy).
2. Click on “Language“
After you click on your profile picture, a window will appear where you’ll find the “Language” option somewhere in the middle (above the “Location” option).
Check the screenshot above if you’re having issues finding it (it’s the 7th option on the list).
Click on it and go to the final step!
3. Select a different language
In the “Language” menu, you’ll see a list with all the different languages you can choose.
If you’re in the US, English will be the default language. France-French, Spain – Spanish, and so on.
After selecting a different language, YouTube will refresh itself automatically and change the interface to that new language.
Changing the YouTube language on a mobile phone isn’t any different than on a computer. There are more menus to go through but nothing too complicated.
1. Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner
Once you open the YouTube app on your phone, select your profile picture from the top-right corner (just like before).
Continue with the guide to see what you need to do next:
2. Select “Settings“
Tapping on the profile picture will take you to another page with various options. Select the “Settings” option (see the screenshot above to find it) and keep reading:
3. Select “General“
After you select “Settings,” a new page will open with multiple options. Select the first option on the list – “General” and check out my following instructions:
4. Go to “Location” and tap on it
In the “General” settings, you should find the “Location” option and select it. There’s no setting for language on the YouTube mobile app. Only the “Location” option.
However, choosing a different location will also change the language in the app, so you’re fine!
5. Select a new location
In this window, you can select a new location. Scroll down if necessary and choose a new location. This will also change the language of the YouTube app!
If this doesn’t work, there’s another way you can change the language on YouTube – by changing the language of your phone.
Change the Language of Your Phone
Remember that this method will change the language across all your apps and options on your phone, not just YouTube.
To do this, follow the steps below:
1. Go to your phone’s settings (gear icon)
Put all apps in the background and then select your phone settings. The icon will look like a gear and should be easy to find.
It should be in the bottom-right corner of your phone or, if it’s not there, look for it on the bottom bar or in the app list.
2. Select “Additional Settings“
Once you open your phone settings, you’ll be welcomed by multiple options. Look for the “Additional settings” option or something similar to that.
It may be different on your phone, but the language option won’t be on this first screen. You’ll need to open another option first. Going down Alice’s rabbit hole here…
3. Select “Languages & Input“
In the “Additional Settings,” you should see options related to the date and time, button shortcuts, accessibility, region, and language.
Select the “Language & Input” or “Language” option and continue with the guide!
4. Select “Languages“
After you open the “Languages & Input” option, you’ll be redirected to a new page where you can control your keyboard, text-to-speech, spelling, and auto-filling options.
There should be a “Languages” option somewhere around here, so when you find it, tap on it.
5. Select a new language for your phone
In the “Languages” screen, you’ll see a list of all the possible languages you can change. Please scroll down the list until you see your language and select it.
Your phone will update its menu for the new language instantly. This translates to a new language for the YouTube app, as well.
To conclude, you’ve just learned to change your YouTube language, and not on just one device type, but two. If you have some more questions, comment below and I’ll try to help you!