The ability to read and understand two or more languages is a talent that many people envy. Google Chrome predicts the language you would like to use based on your browser or system language settings. However, it is not necessarily you always need to use the default English language. You can easily change the browser’s default language to your preference. In this article let us explain how to change the default language in Chrome browser on Windows 10 and Mac.
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What Will Happen When You Change Language?
When you change the language, Chrome will display all interface elements including toolbars and menu in your preferred language. Chrome can also offer translation to your preferred language based on the settings.
However, this will not change the language for webpages written in a different language.
Change Language in Google Chrome – Windows 10
- Launch Chrome on your PC and expand the Chrome menu by clicking the three vertical dots on the upper-right corner of the browser. Then click “Settings” from the menu options.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and click “Advanced” to expand the settings options.
- Scroll to the “Languages” section (located nearly halfway the page). Click “Language”.
- This will display a list of languages already available on your browser. To add an extra language, click “Add languages” (the blue link).
- Check the box against your language of choice from the resulting dialog and then click the “Add” button.
- To set the Chrome display language, click the three vertical dots on the right of the added language.
- Click “Relaunch” to implement the change. Also, ensure that the “Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read” option is enabled.
This will restart Chrome in your new language settings. Whenever you visit pages written in another language, Chrome will display the “Translate” pop-up, offering to translate the content to your default language.
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Change Google Chrome Language in Mac
Unfortunately on Mac, Google Chrome does not support changing language within the browser. It will simply follow the language of your Mac. You need to add your language as a primary language on Mac and relaunch the browser to see the menu items in your language.
- First, close all Chrome tabs and close the browser completely by pressing and holding “Command + Q” keys. Alternatively, quit Chrome from the menu path “Chrome > Quit Google Chrome”.
- Now, go to “Apple menu > System Preferences…” and click on “Language & Region” icon.
- Click on the + icon to add new language to your Mac.
- Choose your preferred language from the list and click on “Add” button.
- Confirm using the selected language as your primary language on your Mac.
- Relaunch Chrome and see the menu items are changed to your primary language.
Remember, unlike Microsoft Windows, Apple does not support all languages on Mac. You will see a warning message when selecting the language from the list. Though Chrome supports the selected language, other applications on your Mac may still use English.
Being one of the most widely used browsers in the world, Google Chrome has been made available in a variety of languages. You can change the default Chrome display to your language of choice. But remember webpages will be displayed in their original writing language though Chrome offers to translate page content to your default language. Also, be keen to choose the right version of the language you want; for instance, English is available in UK, US and other versions.
OMG, Thank you. I finally was able to change my chrome language back to english because of your article. I changed the language in the system settings not the Chrome settings. I was freaking out already :D LOL